Technology Law J.D. Specialization

J.D. students are required to fulfill two requirements for the program. Requirement A is that a student complete two of the “core” courses, with a grade of B- or better in each course. Requirement B is that a student take at least four of the other upper-level courses from a list of all technology-related classes, for a total of at least 12 credits, with a grade of B- or better in each course.

The list of courses (including seminars and clinics) that satisfy Requirement B will be reviewed annually and revised as appropriate by the Technology Law Specialization Committee, in coordination with the Records Office.  Students are encouraged to look into the specifics of the syllabi of each course and to meet with the faculty advisors to ensure they select courses that best achieve their personal educational goals.

Students may petition the Technology Law Specialization Committee to have other relevant courses or independent studies counted toward the specialization.  The Committee may also approve, on a case by case basis, specialization credit for appropriate courses taken either abroad as part of Foreign Legal Studies, or as a transfer or visiting student. 

Courses satisfying Requirement A need not be taken before other qualifying courses. Coursework need not be complete before the student meets the writing requirement.

Students pursuing the specialization do not receive priority enrollment for any course.  Students are encouraged to enroll for other courses as early as possible in the enrollment period to avoid disappointment.

Centers of Excellence

Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

This institute undertakes research to learn how emerging technologies influence society, privacy, and public policy.

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Areas of Focus

Technology & the Law

UCLA Law offers opportunities for students to dive into the disruptive impact of technology on law and society.

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Sample Technology Law Courses

These courses are from recent law school curriculum. Please note that not all courses will be offered every year.

Other courses that may be offered:

  • Copyright Amicus Legal Clinic
  • Information Policy Lab
  • Privacy, Data and Technology
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Social Media and the Future of Democracy
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