LLM in Law, Science & Technology
The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology combines the resources of Stanford Law School — including renowned faculty experts, alumni practicing on the cutting edge of technology law, technologically savvy and enthusiastic students, and a location in the heart of Silicon Valley — to address many of the questions that arise from the increasingly prominent role that science and technology play in our global economy and culture. The program draws on expertise in and beyond the Stanford Law School community, with courses taught by visiting scholars, faculty from other University departments, attorneys, business executives, and scientists. The program offers a small, close-knit community for intellectually engaging study of science- and technology-driven law and policy, including a regular speaker series with prominent academics and practitioners in the field. Stanford law students are an integral part of the program, running four successful technology-oriented student organizations at Stanford: the Stanford Law and Technology Association, the Stanford Technology Law Review, the Stanford BioLaw and Health Policy Society, and the Stanford Journal of Law, Science and Policy.
Besides running its own programs on intellectual property law, the LST program includes six related programs and centers each with its own more specific focus: the Center for E-Commerce, the Center for Internet and Society (CIS), the Center for Law and the Biosciences, the Stanford Center for Computers and Law (CodeX), the Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse, and the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum.
The Center for E-Commerce provides a neutral forum for scholars, policy makers, and executives to explore the burgeoning field of electronic commerce law. In a unique interdisciplinary synergy with industry working groups, the Center for E-Commerce supports policy studies, develops guidelines and works towards the enhancement of industry practices.
The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law, and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public rights such as free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. CIS also runs the Cyberlaw Clinic and the Fair Use Project, which provide students with the opportunity to participate in related litigation.
CodeX is a multidisciplinary laboratory operated by Stanford University in association with affiliated organizations from industry, government, and academia. The staff of the Center includes a core of full-time employees, together with faculty and students from Stanford and professionals from affiliated organizations.
The Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse addresses the critical need for a comprehensive, online resource for scholars, policymakers, industry, lawyers, and litigation support firms in the field of intellectual property litigation. The database will be the first comprehensive source for information about all IP lawsuits filed in federal court.
Funded by a generous grant from the Microsoft Corporation, the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) aims to promote a balanced approach to today's and future transatlantic tech law issues and to focus scholarly attention on these issues by involving academics, businesspeople, government officials, legal professionals, legislators, policy makers, representatives of international organisations, scholars, students and the public at large from both sides of the Atlantic. The Transatlantic Technology Law Forum's institutional framework is co-sponsored and operated by the Stanford Law School Program in Law, Science & Technology and the University of Vienna School of Law, which established TTLF jointly in a transatlantic academic partnership in 2004. The Transatlantic Technology Law Forum serves as a coordinating and working platform for a series of institutionally open transatlantic tech law projects. A number of American and European universities and other academic institutions as well as international organisations are actively involved in TTLF projects.
Additional Stanford University Programs Related to Law, Science, and Technology
Relevant to candidates for the Law, Science and Technology LLM are the Law School's teaching and research ties with the Schools of Business, Earth Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Departments of Computer Science and Economics, as well as the following university-wide interdisciplinary programs:
- The Stanford Technology Ventures Program is the entrepreneurship center within the Stanford School of Engineering. It consists of a series of courses, conferences, internships, websites, and research activities designed to promote entrepreneurship education.
- The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies was founded in 1996 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business to build understanding of the issues faced by entrepreneurial companies and individuals.