The Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein 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:
- Communications Infrastructure
- Consumer Protection, Privacy, & Compliance
- Cybercrime & Youth Online Safety
- General Internet Business Law
- Government Innovation
- Intellectual Property
- Litigation and Amicus Advocacy
- Online Speech, Media Law, & First Amendment
- Technology & Access to Justice
How to Register
The Cyberlaw Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semester. You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements and requisites, as well as the clinical registration process itself, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
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Clinic Assists with Amicus Effort in Byrd v. U.S.Continue Reading about Clinic Assists with Amicus Effort in Byrd v. U.S.
The case concerns the question of whether a person can assert Fourth Amendment protections in connection with a search of a rental car in which that person was not an authorized driver. The case raises important questions about privacy in response to law enforcement, including about standing to assert defenses under the Fourth Amendment and about the interplay between private contracts (such as the contract between one renting a car and the rental car company) and Fourth Amendment rights.
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Clinic files amicus briefs in patent and online privacy casesContinue Reading about Clinic files amicus briefs in patent and online privacy cases
The case—commonly known as the “Microsoft Ireland case”—presents the question of whether a search warrant can compel Microsoft to produce to the US government the contents of an email account stored on Microsoft servers in Ireland.
Faculty and Staff
Christopher Bavitz (Clinical Professor of Law and Managing Director)
Susan Crawford (Clinical Professor of Law)
Jessica Fjeld (Clinical Instructor and Lecturer on Law)
Vivek Krishnamurthy (Clinical Attorney)
Mason Kortz (Clinical Fellow)
Kendra Albert (Clinical Instructional Fellow)
Hannah Hilligoss (Project Coordinator)