Program in Law and Technology

Intellectual Property Law: Cyberlaw, Creativity 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. Thus, 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).

As PILT has developed over the last two decades, it has become internationally known, attracting a variety of distinguished visitors and speakers, including the United States 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 for a nominal fee.

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); and computer/cyberspace law. The University of Dayton School of Law offers more than a dozen courses in these areas. Thus, 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 extra-curricular 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.

Program Outcomes

Students with a J.D. degree from an accredited U.S. law school may earn an LL.M. degree by completing 24 credits of course work, often in less than nine months of study.

LL.M. degrees are available for international students who have already earned a first degree in law from a foreign university upon the completion of 30 credits of course work.

U.S. and international students who do not have a law degree may earn a Master's Degree in the Study of Law, an M.S.L. degree, by completing 30 credits of course work on a full-time or part-time basis.

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