The Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology Concentration: BILT

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Lawyers must increasingly deal with significant changes to business models and technological possibilities.  For example, how can law firms ensure that their billing practices align with clients’ interests?  What policies should cash-constrained startups adopt to safeguard customer data?  How can a company make sure that it benefits from its employees’ creations?  The concentration in the Business of Innovation, Law, and Technology (BILT) is designed to prepare students to answer these kinds of questions.

BILT is organized along two primary tracks: an innovation and technology track, and a business and compliance track.  The former is aimed at students who want to focus on legal issues related to startups, especially those in the legal industry.  The latter is aimed at students who want to focus on legal issues related to mature technology firms.  However, the concentration requires that students obtain some exposure to both areas before specializing.

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

This concentration requires a total of 26-28 credits: 11 from the Required Courses, 5-7 from the Distributional Courses, and 10-12 from the Elective Courses.

Required Courses (11 credits)

Business Associations (4)
IP for Business Lawyers (3)
Federal Income Tax (4)

Distributional Courses (5-7 credits)

Students take 1 course from each of the 2 tracks below. If a student takes more than one course from each of the two tracks listed in the Distributional Courses requirement, credits from those additional courses can be used to satisfy the Elective Courses requirements.

 Innovation and Technology Track

Startup and Entrepreneurship Law (2)
Innovation, Technology, and the Legal Profession (3)
Patent Law (3)
Copyright Law (3)
Trademark Law (2)

 Business and Compliance Track

Bankruptcy (3-4)
Commercial Law: Secured Transactions (4)
Commercial Law: UCC (4)
Corporate Compliance and Risk Management (3)
Corporate Tax (3)
Securities Regulation (3)

Elective Courses (10-12 credits; all drawn from 1 of the 2 tracks)

 Innovation and Technology Track

Advanced Trademark (2)
Big Data for Lawyers (3)
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Practicum (2)
Database Management Systems for Lawyers (3)
Energy Law (3)
Independent Study* (2-3)
Intellectual Property Law and Policy (3)
Intellectual Property Transactions & Negotiations (1)
Introduction to Programming for Lawyers (3)
Law, Policy, and Technology (2)
LawWithoutWalls**(3)
LWOW X**(3)
Negotiating and Drafting for the Business of Entertainment (2)
Non-Profit Organizations & Social Enterprises (3)
Partnership Tax (3)
Privacy Seminar (2)
Startup Law Practicum*** (3)
Social Enterprise Clinic (2)
Social Media & Online Liability (1)
Social Media & the Law (2)

*In order to count as a concentration Elective, the Independent Study must be on a topic relevant to the concentration.
**
Only one of the following three courses may count towards the concentration requirements: LawWithoutWalls, LWOW X, and LWOW X Compliance.  As with all other limited-enrollment courses, there is no enrollment preference for students participating in the concentration.
***
The Practicum is a six-credit course, but students may only count three of those credits towards the concentration requirements.

 Business and Compliance Track

Administrative Law (4)
Antitrust (3)
Business Planning Seminar (2)
Closely Held Business Entities (3)
Commercial Law: Payment Systems & Negotiable Instruments (4)
Corporate Finance (2)
Disability Law (3)
Energy Law (3)
Environmental Law (3)
Financial Accounting for Lawyers (3)
Independent Study* (2-3)
Introduction to the Deal (3)
Law, Policy, and Technology (2)
LWOW X Compliance** (3)
Non-Profit Organizations & Social Enterprises (3)
Privacy Seminar (2)
Social Media & Online Liability (1)
Tax Planning Skills (2)
Taxation of Business Entities (3)

* In order to count as a concentration Elective, the Independent Study must be on a topic relevant to the concentration.
**
Only one of the following three courses may count towards the concentration requirements: LawWithoutWalls, LWOW X, and LWOW X Compliance.  As with all other limited-enrollment courses, there is no enrollment preference for students participating in the concentration.

FACULTY COORDINATORS

Professor Lili Levi
Professor Andres Sawicki