Where law and technology intersect
At a time when debates over technology policy are as significant as they are complex, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) have launched an innovative program whose goal is to graduate lawyers and engineers able to address issues at the intersection of law and technology. The first cohort of students is expected to enroll in fall 2014.
Establishment of the Law & Technology program, leading to a joint JD and Engineering Master’s degree, was announced in August 2013 by Penn Law Dean Michael A. Fitts and Penn Engineering Dean Eduardo Glandt.
About the program
Students pursuing the joint degree will typically spend their first year at the Law School and second at Penn Engineering. In years three and four, students will take classes in both schools and participate in a capstone course on Technology and Policy co-taught by faculty from both schools. At SEAS students may pursue any Engineering Master’s degree, depending on background, qualifications, and interest. The Master of Computing and Information Technology (MCIT) degree is ideal for those with no prior degree in engineering or computer science but who are interested in the practice of information technology.
The Law & Technology program expands opportunities for students while bringing together the intellectual and program resources at Penn, including:
- New student research fellowships, technology law-related moot courts, and technology-related summer public interest fellowships.
- The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition
- The Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic
- The Penn Biotech Group
- The Penn Intellectual Property Group
- The Penn Program on Regulation
- A pioneering Law & Technology seminar co-taught by Law and Engineering faculty, bringing law and engineering students together in the same classroom.
Penn is uniquely positioned among top research universities to develop a cutting-edge program on technology and the law. Committed to “integrating knowledge,” the University stresses interdisciplinary education, and both the Law School and Penn Engineering previously have developed pioneering programs with other schools.