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Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to the Internet, new technology, and intellectual property. Students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit by working on real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, and transactional / licensing projects and cases. The Clinic strives to help clients achieve success in their activities online, mindful of (and in response to) existing law. The Clinic also works with clients to shape the law’s development through policy and advocacy efforts. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice. Students in the Clinic have the opportunity to develop substantive legal knowledge and hone their practice skills by managing projects, engaging directly with clients, and receiving feedback and mentorship from instructors who are experienced practitioners in the field.
The Cyberlaw Clinic’s broad-based practice reflects the diversity of legal issues faced by those who create and use media or otherwise operate and communicate online. With expertise in subject areas ranging from intellectual property to privacy to online speech, the Clinic offers its clients a wide variety of services and its students a well-rounded educational experience that reflects the reality of high-tech practice.
Practice areas include:
All students enrolled in the Cyberlaw Clinic are simultaneously enrolled in the Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar, a 2-credit, once-weekly seminar that is evaluated separately from Clinic work. Students may enroll in the Clinic for 2, 3, or 4 credits and are expected to complete a total of 120, 180, or 240 hours of work over the course of the semester (an average of 10, 15, or 20 hours per week). While students are not expected to complete all their Clinic work on Clinic premises, the Cyberlaw Clinic asks that students spend 6 hours per week (typically divided into two 3-hour blocks) physically present in our offices during normal operating hours.
For registration information, see the 2015-2016 clinical curriculum.
Christopher Bavitz (Clinical Professor of Law and Managing Director)
Susan Crawford (Clinical Professor of Law)
Dalia Topelson Ritvo (Assistant Director and Lecturer on Law)
Vivek Krishnamurthy (Clinical Instructor)
Andy Sellars (Corydon B. Dunham First Amendment Fellow)
Kira Hessekiel (Project Coordinator)
Christopher Bavitz, Clinic Managing Director, Clinical Instructor
Prospective clients are encouraged to visit this page to learn more about the Clinic’s client intake process. Prospective students are encouraged to visit this page for detailed information about Cyberlaw Clinic registration, affiliated Harvard Law School courses, and the like.
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