LTI will offer an enhanced curriculum to students interested in exploring the many important legal questions and policy debates surrounding evolving technologies.

The curriculum will equip students with a well-rounded foundation while also allowing them to pursue a particular area of interest, including communications law, intellectual property law, and information privacy law. LTI students will gain valuable practical experience through externships in government, industry, public interest organizations, and law firms.

To earn an LTI certificate, students must complete a rigorous, yet flexible, course of study that provides students with a well-rounded foundation as well as specialized training in communications law, intellectual property law, or information privacy law. For each of the tracks, students must complete three mandatory courses, three electives, and a transition-to-practice course. LTI students work closely with the Institute directors in designing their course of study, choosing electives, and ensuring that all LTI requirements are satisfied.

Admission

Students are encouraged to apply to the Law and Technology Institute at the time of their application to the law school. Enrollment is limited.
Website: Law and Technology Institute
Contact: Megan M. La Belle, Co-Director, 202-319-5140, LTI@law.edu
Elizabeth I. Winston, Co-Director, 202-319-5140, LTI@law.edu

The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America is pleased to announce that the Institute for Communications Law Studies will now be known as the Law and Technology Institute (LTI). Under the new name, the Law School's goal is to build upon and expand the outstanding work and successes that the Communications Law Institute has accomplished over the past three decades.

LTI will offer an enhanced curriculum to students interested in exploring the many important legal questions and policy debates surrounding evolving technologies. The curriculum will equip students with a well-rounded foundation while also allowing them to pursue a particular area of interest, including communications law, intellectual property law, and information privacy law. LTI students will gain valuable practical experience through externships in government, industry, public interest organizations, and law firms. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their research, writing, advocacy, and leadership skills through participation in various co-curricular activities, such as the Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology, formerly known as the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy. Finally, LTI students will plan and participate in programming on various law and technology topics, and will have regular opportunities to network with our accomplished and dedicated alumni and friends.

Professors Megan La Belle and Elizabeth Winston will serve as the co-directors of LTI. Click here for a message from LTI's co-directors.

Law and Technology Institute: Curriculum

To earn an LTI certificate, students must complete a rigorous, yet flexible, course of study that provides students with a well-rounded foundation as well as specialized training in communications law, intellectual property law, or information privacy law. For each of the tracks, students must complete three mandatory courses, three electives, and a transition-to-practice course. LTI students work closely with the Institute directors in designing their course of study, choosing electives, and ensuring that all LTI requirements are satisfied.

In addition to coursework at the law school, LTI students are required to gain practical experience through legal externships or, for part-time students, through current, relevant work experience. LTI students benefit tremendously from Catholic University's location in Washington, D.C. As the center of government and law, Washington, D.C. is home to the Copyright Office, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, International Trade Commission, Patent & Trademark Office, and other agencies involved in technology law and policy. LTI students also serve as externs at non-profit organizations, law firms, trade associations, corporations, in congressional offices, and for judges. This hands-on experience exposes LTI students to various practice environments and helps prepare them for the legal marketplace they will enter after graduation.

Curricular Requirements and Externship Opportunities

Communications Law Track
Intellectual Property Law Track
Information Privacy Law Track

Law & Technology Institute: Co-Curricular and Professional Activities

Catholic University Journal of Law and Technology

In addition to providing an array of law and technology courses and externship opportunities, LTI sponsors theCatholic University Journal of Law and Technology (formerly known as the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Technology Policy). JLT features articles written by scholars, practitioners, and students focusing on the most pressing and cogent issues in law and technology, particularly communications, intellectual property, and information privacy law. The journal also hosts an annual symposium focusing on important developments in the field.

Moot Court Competitions

LTI students participate in various moot court competitions related to law and technology, including the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition sponsored by the Federal Communications Bar Association; the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association; and the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition sponsored by the International Trademark Association. Judges for the written and oral argument phases of the competitions include judges and practitioners, some of whom are among the most prominent members in their fields.

Law Student Associations

LTI members participate in a number of student run organizations, including the Communications Law Students Association (CLSA), the Intellectual Property Law Students Association (IPLSA), and the Sports and Entertainment Law Society (SELS). These organizations represent student interests and help further LTI's objectives. Open to all students at the law school, these organizations work in conjunction with LTI in sponsoring and organizing career panels, speakers, roundtable discussions, mentoring programs, and social events.