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 incoming 1L/1E students per year. Applications for incoming 1L/1Es are due after a student has been admitted to the J.D. program. Part-time J.D. students are welcome to apply.

As of April 2019, a limited number of spaces are also available for rising 2L/2E students to join the class. See “Special Announcement: New Application Opportunity for Rising 2L/2Es” below.


**special announcement: New Application opportunity for Rising 2L/2Es**

Update April 2019: The Tech Scholars program is admitting a limited number of rising 2L/2Es to join the Tech Scholars class for Fall 2019. Incoming 2L/2E students must take all of the below-listed course requirements (except the 1L/1E class). You will be assigned a Tech Faculty mentor and receive all the other benefits of the program. Applications are due by April 30, 2019. The 2L/2E application is available here.


Course Requirements

Tech Scholars participate in two year-long seminars in their 1L and 2L years. The 1L/1E 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/2E 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/1E 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/2E 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 first- and second-year 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 various events throughout the year, and a special orientation mixer each year.

incoming 1L/1E application & deadline

Applications for the incoming JD class were due by midnight on March 3, 2019. The 1L/1E Application is available here.

Applications will only be accepted after a student has been admitted to the incoming JD class. If you are awaiting a JD admissions decision after 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.

Rising 2L/2E Application & Deadline

The Tech Scholars program is admitting a limited number of rising 2L/2Es to join the Tech Scholars class for Fall 2019. Incoming 2L/2E students must take all of the above-listed course requirements (except the 1L/1E class). You will be assigned a Tech Faculty mentor and receive all the other benefits of the program.

Applications for rising 2L/2Es are due by April 30, 2019. The 2L/2E Application is available here.

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