Technology, Law, & LeadershipClass Term:
Fall Term 2020-2021Catalog Number:
3 (2 Contact, 1 Field)Graduation Requirements:
Seminar - 3rd Year PriorityFull Year Course:
75% of the course grade will be based on a research paper. For law students, the expected length and complexity of the paper will meet the standard for satisfying the upper-level writing requirement. For other students, the expected length and complexity of the paper will be tailored to the expectations of their degree program.
25% of the course grade will be based on course participation. The course participation grade will be based principally on each student’s preparing and leading (or co-leading) class discussion with respect to one day’s worth of assigned reading.
The theme of this seminar is change. Technologies are changing in ways that we often do not even see. The character of law, legal institutions, and law practice is changing rapidly and dramatically. As humans, our capabilities and futures are changing. How do we identify and assess the virtues and drawbacks of all of this? As lawyers and as professionals in other fields, what – if anything – can and should we do about it? The seminar approaches those questions by diving into deep critical examinations of how technological change is generating and reflecting new ideas about what law is and what law does, at both global and local scales. The payoff is greater than learning about contemporary technology law. The payoff is an introduction to leadership competencies and capabilities that help new lawyers and other professionals thrive in this new world.