Technology Law

Explore How Technology Challenges Legal Frameworks in an Emerging Tech Hub

The law is increasingly tech-driven - from the way law firms do business, to the way courts operate. Developments in the areas of telemedicine, artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain, 3D printers, drones, and mobile apps, are examples of how today’s lawyers have to apply concepts of regulation, liability, privacy, intellectual property, cybersecurity, and civil and individual rights with a legal/tech lens. Our cutting-edge curriculum covers the latest topics in technology law such as big data, cybersecurity, cryptocurrency, legal informatics, programming, and much more.

You benefit at Miami Law from an innovative university atmosphere that promotes entrepreneurship. Miami Law is one of only a handful of schools offering a Startup Clinic, and The Launch Pad provides a resource for students to start, build, and scale their own startup businesses.

Not only is Miami the tech ecosystem with the highest density of startup companies in the United States but also the destination to which more technology industry workers have migrated over the last year than anywhere else in the nation. Miami Law prepares you for this growing landscape of technology through course offerings, engagement with entrepreneurs, and experiential opportunities regionally and elsewhere.

Some Facts about Miami and Miami Law:

Jaret Davis“I can’t think of a more exciting place to practice law: Miami as a tech hub has grown immeasurably in the last few years and its transformation is only in the early stages."

Jaret Davis, J.D. ‘99
Co-Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Miami, FL

Courses*

  • Advanced Programming for Lawyers
  • Antitrust I and II
  • Arms Control
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robot Law
  • Big Data for Lawyers
  • Blockchain Technology and Business Strategy
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Consumer Protection
  • Cyber Security Policy and Regulations 
  • Data Security and Incident Response
  • Database Management System Law
  • Digital Asset and Blockchain Regulation
  • E-Sports
  • Election Law
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Energy Law
  • Entertainment and Media Law in the Digital Age
  • Fake News: Media Law in the Age of Trump
  • Gaming Law
  • Large Scale Litigation
  • Law, Policy, and Technology  
  • Law, Technology, and Practice
  • Media Distribution
  • Media Law
  • Mobile Computing for Lawyers
  • Music Law
  • National Security Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Preparing the Corporate Client for Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Professional Responsibility for Lawyers in the
  • Digital Age
  • Programming for Lawyers
  • Programming for Lawyers in Python
  • Space Law
  • Sports Betting and Regulation
  • The Future of Law Practice
  • Trade Secrets
  • Video Game Law
  • Vimeo, Twitter, and YouTube: Online Liability and Net Neutrality

 

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Clinics and Practicums 

Joint Degrees

Rico Williams"My work as a product attorney, it is so crucial for us to understand comprehensively the goal of the company,” he said. “In my work I have to understand the lifecycle of the product. Learning a more business approach to law has really helped me navigate the inner workings of three Fortune 500 companies and that is not a skill that all lawyers come with. I don’t know that I would have had that out of the gate if not for that experimental section and my participation in LWOW [LawWithoutWalls].”

Rico Williams, J.D./M.M. '13 in Music Business and Entertainment Industries
Lead Counsel, Product - WhatsApp @ Facebook at WhatsApp Inc.
Cupertino, CA

International Opportunities

Extracurricular Opportunities

  • American Constitution Society
  • Business Law Society
  • Entertainment and Sports Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • Military and National Security Law Society
  • Technology Law Club

Michele DeStefano“Perhaps the next gold standard is digitally-enabled lawyering. Where I think a seismic shift is coming is in skillset, mindset and culture. I believe we will see a seismic shift in the way lawyers provide services to their clients. It will be with a client-centric approach, like the focus of design thinkers.”

Professor Michele DeStefano
Professor of Law and Larry Hoffman Greenberg Traurig Business of Law Chair; Founder & Director, LawWithoutWalls and MOVEL∆W; Co-creator & Chief Faculty Advisor, Digital Legal E
University of Miami School of Law
Miami, FL

Externships and Internships**

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Trademark & Copyright Department (Pennington, NJ)
  • Carlton Fields P.A.—Law, Innovation, & Technology Clerkship
  • Digital Risk
  • eBay (San Jose, CA)
  • Glint, Inc. (Silicon Valley, CA)
  • Legal Atlas (La Paz, Bolivia)
  • MasTec
  • Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, WA)
  • Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council (Washington, DC)
  • NASA Office of the General Counsel (Washington, DC)
  • NBC Sports Group (Stamford, CT)
  • NBCUniversal Global Networks International
  • NBCUniversal/Telemundo
  • NextEra Energy
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (San Francisco, CA)
  • Proctor and Gamble (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Recording Industry Association of America (Washington, DC)
  • Salesforce
  • Sirius XM (New York, NY)
  • Sony Music (New York, NY)
  • Spotify (New York, NY)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Washington, DC)
  • Universal Music
  • University of Miami, Office of Privacy and Data Security
  • Walt Disney Studios, Music Business and Legal Department
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
  • Warner Music Group Latin America
  • Zynga (San Francisco, CA)

**List is not exhaustive and is intended to provide examples of past externships and internships.

Talia BoianginI am honored that [at Law School Admission Council’s Inaugural Justice Innovation Challenge] I got to represent Miami Law, a school that continuously supports innovative and technological programs such as LawWithoutWalls, the Startup Practicum [now Clinic], WeRobot, and more.”

Talia Boiangin, J.D. '20
Law Innovation and Technology Clerk, Carlton Fields
Miami, FL

Faculty Experts

Andres SawickiI had a meeting with a student yesterday who’s writing a paper on the area thinking through how robots can form their own corporate entities, so there’s a lot of very interesting ideas no one has thought of before, and there’s an opportunity to explore them here.”  

Professor Andres Sawicki
Director of the Concentration in the Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology (BILT)
University of Miami School of Law
Miami, FL

  • Kathleen Claussen’s scholarly interests include international and cybersecurity issues, trade and investment law, dispute settlement and procedure, and transnational business law.
  • Michele DeStefano is the founder of LawWithoutWalls and teaches a course on law, technology, and innovation, and her scholarship focuses on the growing intersections between law and business and legal entrepreneurship.
  • Mary Anne Franks has criminal law expertise in cyberstalking and live streaming violence.

  • Michael Froomkin is the founder of the WeRobot Conference and is an expert in many areas including: Trademark, Intellectual Property in the Digital Era, Internet Governance, Law & Games, Regulation of Digital Identity, Electronic Commerce, and.the area of Drone Law.
  • John M. Newman is an expert in antitrust, intellectual property and big tech.
  • Andres Sawicki researches and teaches in the area of intellectual property.

Conferences, Lectures, Centers 

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