Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cardozo Law School launches tech start-up clinic and Data Law Initiative

Cardozo Law School continues to update and revamp its curriculum to focus on more practical skills training following changes announced last July that added more practice oriented courses to the curriculum some of which are jointly taught by faculty and local practitioners.  This time, Cardozo has announced the launch of a tech start-up clinic where students will gain transactional practice experience by helping New York tech companies (more details from the school's website here).  In addition, Cardozo has launched something called the Data Law Initiative which will train students in fields like information governance, e-discovery, data privacy, social media law, and cybersecurity according to the school's website.  Participating students are eligible to earn a certificate in Data Law after completing the requisite course and externship credits.   PreLaw Magazine has some additional details about these  recent additions and updates to the Cardozo practical skills curriculum:

Cardozo revamps curriculum, greater focus on practical skills


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“In the new legal landscape our faculty have recognized that aspiring lawyers need more specific skills relevant to future careers in order to be competitive in traditional and emerging fields of the law,” said Dean Matthew Diller. “We owe it to our students to make sure that we do everything we can to tailor their law school experience in order to meet the needs of the rapidly changing legal profession.”


The restructured curriculum will be realized through three major changes. The law school will offer professional concentrations in about 12 areas of law. Students who choose to take on a concentration will receive counseling from alumni and faculty mentors. Students will be required to take at least six credits of practical training via clinic, externships or simulations.


Additionally, the law school’s winter break will be lengthened in order to host Lawyering Skills Month,”a month full of workshops, simulation courses and other intensive offerings for students. Over 200 Cardozo students participated in Lawyering Skills Month this year but that number is expected to grow now that it has been revamped to have a broader range of offerings.


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You can continue reading the preLaw Magazine story here.


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