Privacy and Technology Law

BU Law is at the leading edge of the study and practice of privacy and technology law, with strong ties to the university’s new Computing & Data Sciences degree program. BU Law faculty have been instrumental in the program’s creation; for several years, they have jointly taught a course, Law of Algorithms, that explores the challenges of regulating automated decision-making systems. 

BU Law also offers a unique clinic focused on intellectual property and privacy and technology law: the BU/MIT Student Innovations Law Clinic (SILC). In this clinic, law students work with entrepreneurs from BU and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on legal and regulatory issues.  

The curriculum also offers introductory and advanced courses on privacy and technology law, including many taught by preeminent practitioners in the field. One course, Information Risk Management, prepares students to work in the age of Big Data, with a focus on security, privacy, and data breach prevention. Other courses cover topics including cybersecurity, trade secrets, and creative and innovative economies. 

LLM students can delve deeper into technology-related law with an LLM in Intellectual Property Law or, through the LLM in American Law program, a concentration in the subject.