Tech Law Scholars Application Information

 

update for 2018 ENTERING students

If you would like to apply for the Tech Law Scholars program, please contact TechInstitute@law.georgetown.edu to discuss your application.  

  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. Full time and part-time J.D. students are welcome to apply.

Applications are made following admission to the J.D. program, by submitting a supplemental personal statement that expresses the student’s interest in the program and how participating in the program would further the student’s professional and personal goals. 

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.

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