Legal Innovation & Technology Courses

2019-2020 Concentration Courses and Scheduling Notes [PDF]

A. Core Courses

Students must take each of the following three (3) required courses in order to complete the Legal Innovation and Technology Concentration:

  1. The Twenty First Century Legal Profession (2 Credits)
  2. One (1) of the courses in the following list:
    1. Lawyering in an Age of Smart Machines (3 Credits)
    2. Legal Tech: Small Firm (3 Credits)
  3. Process Improvement and Legal Project Management (2 Credits)

B. Required Externship

Externships are a vital component of the Concentration. They enable students to connect their classroom work with practical experience and training in legal technology and innovation. The experience also affords students the opportunity to reflect upon the career paths they may wish to pursue.

Concentrators must complete a minimum three (3) credit requirement. The requirement may be satisfied by:

  • Completion of an appropriate externship through the Externship Program; OR
  • Completion of a non-credit summer or semester externship that has been preapproved by the Concentration Director; OR
  • An approved Externship Waiver of the externship requirement for qualifying Evening Division students.

C. Elective Course Requirements

In addition to completing the three (3) required courses and the externship requirement, students must take at least three (3) more courses, totaling at least seven (7) credits, that enhance their understanding of the changing nature of law practice. Although the courses listed below are grouped into categories for guidance, students may satisfy the three (3) course requirement by taking any three (3) of the courses listed below:

  1. Business of Practice & Start Ups Elective Courses
    1. Business of Practice: Hit the Ground Running (2 Credits)
    2. Business Planning: Formation and Financing of Start Up Businesses (2 Credits)
    3. Business Start Ups - Entrepreneurship Course - MGES-800 - currently offered at the Sawyer Business School - Concentration students may register for Sawyer courses by using the JD Enrollment in SBS Graduate Courses form, which is found under the Academic Concentration/Specialization tab. (3 Credits)
    4. Decision Making and Choice Management (3 Credits)
    5. Design Thinking for Lawyers (2 Credits)
    6. Law Practice Planning (3 Credits)
    7. Private Placement and Venture Capital Practicum (2 Credits)
    8. Writing the Business Plan - Entrepreneurship Course - MGES-826 - currently offered at the Sawyer Business School - Concentration students may register for Sawyer courses by using the JD Enrollment in SBS Graduate Courses form, which is found under the Academic Concentration/Specialization tab. (3 Credits)
  2. Law & Technology Elective Courses
    1. Coding the Law (2 Credits)
    2. E-Discovery Law (2 Credits)
    3. Emerging Issues in Law, Information Technology and Transnational Business (2 Credits)
    4. Legal Innovation and Technology Lab (2 Credits)
    5. Privacy Law and Contemporary Life (2 Credits)
  3. Innovation Elective Courses
    1. Global Innovation and New Product Development in Virtual Team - International Business Course - MGES 906 - currently offered at the Sawyer Business School - Concentration students may register for Sawyer courses by using the JD Enrollment in SBS Graduate Courses form, which is found under the Academic Concentration/Specialization tab. (3 Credits)
    2. Directed Study: MIT Future of Law. 0005 GT 17/FL (1 Credit)
    3. Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital and the Law (3 Credits)
    4. Problem Solving (2 Credits)
    5. Problem Solving for Small Businesses - Entrepreneurship Course - MGES-844 - currently offered at the Sawyer Business School - Concentration students may register for Sawyer courses by using the JD Enrollment in SBS Graduate Courses form, which is found under the Academic Concentration/Specialization tab. (3 Credits)
  4. Intellectual Property Elective Courses
    1. Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (5 Credits)
    2. Intellectual Property Survey (3 Credits)
    3. Journal of High Technology (2 Credits)
    4. Advanced Legal Writing: IP (3 Credits)