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
You can read evaluations from past clinical students in the Helios Org Search using this link.
How to Register
How to Register
The Cyberlaw Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn about the required clinical course component, clinical credits and the clinical registration process by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this section.
Latest news from the Cyberlaw Clinic Blog
This spring, the Cyberlaw Clinic is returning to the eighth triennial rulemaking proceeding under 17 U.S.C. 1201, which considers exemptions to the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Section 1201 of the DMCA outlaws the circumvention of technological protection measures (TPMs) that prevent the … Continue reading →
On February 15, the Technology and Social Change Team at the Harvard Shorenstein Center (TaSC) submitted a comment drafted by the Cyberlaw Clinic to the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, Irene … Continue reading →
A recent decision by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that the proprietary source code underlying DNA analysis software TrueAllele may be examined by an independent expert in advance of a hearing on admissibility. The opinion aligns with the position advocated by the Clinic in its October amicus brief on behalf of Upturn, Inc., a DC-based nonprofit organization … Continue reading →