Georgetown Law students are not only familiar with contemporary policy debates; they also learn how to code, have written legislative proposals, and submitted briefs to the Federal Circuit, FCC, and FTC.
Georgetown Law now has three clinics doing applied work in technology law and policy, plus an exciting array of practicum courses. These include:
IPR Communications & Technology Clinic. Students in the IPR Communications & Technology Clinic spend a semester working full-time on cases involving communications policy and law, addressing issues such as access to affordable broadband service, protecting children from unfair and deceptive web advertising, or compliance with children’s privacy rules.
Federal Legislation Clinic. Led by Professor Alvaro Bedoya, the Federal Legislation Clinic focuses on policy problems at the intersection of civil rights and technology, and advises national privacy, civil rights and immigrant rights organizations. Students draft op-eds and strategy documents for legislative campaigns, accompany clients to regulatory agencies, and more. In the spring semester, the Clinic seminar is usually offered as a joint course with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Intellectual Property & Information Policy Clinic. Georgetown’s newest clinic launches in Spring 2020. The Clinic focuses on strategic counseling for individuals, non-profit organizations, and consumer groups engaged with intellectual property and information policy matters from a public interest perspective. Through the seminar, students can expect to learn about how substantive intellectual property law (including copyright, trademark, trade secret, and patent) and information policy (such as privacy, free speech, Communications Decency Act § 230, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) intersects with social justice movements, both historically and currently.
Computer Programming for Lawyers. In two classes designed to give law students a strong working knowledge of technological tools, Prof. Paul Ohm teaches students to code in Python and understand the Linux command line. The class is designed for students with no prior coding experience. Experienced coders may take an intermediate class that focuses on specific client problems.
Iron Tech Lawyer competition. In a class led by Prof. Tanina Rostain, students develop apps to simplify complex legal schemes and serve disadvantaged clients, culminating in the annual Iron Tech Lawyer competition.
Criminal Justice Technology, Policy and Law. This practicum explores how technology is changing the nation’s criminal justice systems through two critical lenses: how well technology-augmented tools and approaches further their stated policy aims, and how technology changes power relationships between government and citizens. Students work on projects for partner organizations working to improve the criminal justice system.
National Security Crisis Simulation. Students simulate the work of the National Security Council during a mock national security crisis supervised by Prof. Laura Donohue and a team of volunteer practitioners.
Law, Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation. In the 15 hour/week field placement, students are supervised by attorneys at the law firm Foley & Lardner as they assist student entrepreneurs affiliated with the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative, and private ventures and community empowerment and economic development initiatives in the DC area.