Tech Law Scholars Application Information 

  Above: Tech Law Scholars meet with Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce & PTO Director Andrei Iancu and Patent Office staff, April 2018

Above: Tech Law Scholars meet with Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce & PTO Director Andrei Iancu and Patent Office staff, April 2018


Program OVERVIEW

The Technology Law and Policy Scholars program gives students the opportunity to engage in rigorous academic work, to develop their technological skills, and to deepen their understanding of policy debates related to new and emerging technologies.  

Scholars will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on environment, pairing practical experience with a solid theoretical foundation. They will graduate with a deep understanding of the technological challenges and opportunities that face our world today.  

The Tech Scholars program selects up to 22 students per year, admitted prior to their 1L year. Part-time J.D. students are welcome to apply.

Applications are due after a student has been admitted to the J.D. program. See the “Application” section below.

Course Requirements

Tech Scholars participate in two year-long seminars in their 1L and 2L years. The 1L seminar exposes Scholars to key institutions and organizations that shape technology law and policy, through visitor presentations and faculty-coordinated field trips to federal agencies, Congress, the courts, or private sector and non-profit organizations. The 2L seminar takes a deep dive into current ethical, constitutional and policy issues relating to technology through bi-weekly sessions taught by members of Georgetown’s technology law faculty.

The 1L seminar is not taken for credit, and takes place on a biweekly basis on Fridays, typically from 12-2 p.m. (the schedule may change for certain site visits). The 2L seminar awards 1 credit per semester, and takes place on a biweekly basis on Fridays from 9-11 a.m.  Part-time J.D. students will need to plan their schedules accordingly.

In addition to the 1L and 2L seminars, Tech Scholars are required to take the following courses from the list of accepted courses in our Tech Law and Policy Curriculum Guide:

  • One Core Course

  • Two Advanced Courses

  • Four credits in Clinical or Skills-Based classes

  • Scholars must complete their Upper Level Writing Requirement in a course related to technology law and policy.

PROGRAM FEATURES

Upon entering the program, Tech Scholars are paired with a faculty advisor from Georgetown's technology faculty who will serve as a resource during the Scholar's law school career. Scholars are invited to participate in faculty-student lunches and a special orientation event each year.

application & deadline

Applications for the incoming JD class are due by midnight on March 3, 2019. The Tech Scholars 2019 application and instructions are available here. Students will be notified of their acceptance to the program in early April.

Applications will only be accepted after a student has been admitted to the incoming JD class. If you are awaiting a JD admissions decision at the time of the March 3 deadline or you are on the waitlist, you can send an email to TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu expressing your interest and informing us of your admissions status. Please email us again if you are admitted to the JD class. We typically hold several slots open for late admits. We will tell you whether there are still seats open for you to apply.

Given these deadlines, we recommend that students interested in the Tech Scholars program submit their JD application by mid-January 2019, so you can receive a JD admissions decision before the March 3 Tech Scholars application deadline.

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