The 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:
- 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. A Cyberlaw Clinic that is By-Application is also offered in the Winter Term. 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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In November 2015, the Cyberlaw Clinic supported the Electronic Privacy Information Center in submitting comments to the Federal Aviation Administration regarding a proposed registration regime for operators of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), commonly known as drones.
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Cyberlaw Clinic Presents at WeRobot 2015Continue Reading about Cyberlaw Clinic Presents at WeRobot 2015
Spring 2015 Cyberlaw Clinic students Jack Xu and Cecillia Xie joined the Clinic’s Managing Director Chris Bavitz on a trip to Seattle last month to participate in the WeRobot 2015 robotics law and policy conference at University of Washington School of Law in Seattle.
Faculty and Staff
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)