Program in Law and Technology

Advances in computers, communications systems, electronics, and biotechnology occur at a breathtaking pace, and the Internet is having a revolutionary impact on commerce and entertainment. The faculty of the law school recognized early on the importance of many of these developments. In 1989, the University of Dayton School of Law committed itself to producing graduates who are well-versed in law and technology issues by creating the Program in Law and Technology (PILT).

The Program in Law and Technology is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in several areas: patent law, copyright and trademark law, business dimensions of intellectual property law (particularly the licensing of intellectual property), computer/cyberspace law, entertainment law and the impact of technology on the practice of law. The School of Law offers more than a dozen courses in these areas. Students have a greater opportunity to graduate with a well-rounded, cutting-edge education. They are well prepared to handle the legal issues involved in these ever-expanding areas of law.

In addition to courses, there are many opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities related to law and technology. For example, students may join the Intellectual Property Law Society and may participate in the IP Moot Court.

As PILT has developed over the last two decades, it has become internationally known, attracting a variety of distinguished visitors and speakers, including the U.S. commissioner of patents and trademarks and the general counsel for StreamCast, as well as others from China, the Netherlands and Australia. The program also regularly sponsors advanced programs for practitioners and scholarly symposia. The scholarly symposia and the advanced programs for practitioners are open to law students, members of the legal community and law faculty and staff, to create a collegial atmosphere for dialogue, learning and networking.

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