Friday, April 19, 2019

Albany Law School launches new experiential learning program to prep students for high-tech careers

The program, called the Innovative Intensive clinic, involves a partnership between Albany Law School and and SUNY Polytechnic that will see law students and SUNY business and engineering students to "advance their tech-focused projects and facilitate university innovation, from lab to market." The program will launch in Fall 2019 and will involve a classroom and lab component in which participating students will delve into issues involving technology valuation, intellectual property law, intellectual property strategy and protection, market analysis, entrepreneurship, startup formation, business planning, seed and venture funding, economic development, and industry and government relations. Here's a further description from Albany's website:

Albany Law School, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Research Foundation for SUNY Launch Innovative Experiential Learning Program


Albany Law School, SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly), and the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) are partnering to provide a unique, immersive experience that will both prepare students for high-tech careers and promote the development of marketable technologies in the Capital Region and beyond.


The institutions today signed a memorandum of understanding to launch the Innovation Intensive clinic, through which students from Albany Law School and SUNY Poly will gain hands-on experience in technology commercialization by performing work on behalf of the RF. The program will be offered beginning in the fall of 2019. Law, business, and engineering students will work in interdisciplinary teams—under the supervision of RF attorneys—to advance their tech-focused projects and facilitate university innovation, from lab to market.


In addition, Albany Law School and SUNY Poly will work together to develop a host of collaborative academic programs, pathways for accelerated degrees, and cross-registration opportunities.


Working on-site in SUNY Poly's laboratories, Innovation Intensive students will be on the cutting-edge of the law and such rapidly evolving areas as nanotechnology, nanobioscience, quantum technologies, and artificial intelligence.


"This is an exciting partnership for Albany Law School and a great addition to our Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway," said Albany Law School President and Dean Alicia Ouellette. "The Innovation Intensive will be a game changer for business and tech-focused law students, who will have unparalleled opportunities to experience actual practice in the increasingly intertwined fields of business, entrepreneurship, science, and law."


"SUNY Poly looks forward to working closely with Albany Law School, in partnership with the Research Foundation, as we jointly develop a collaborative academic curriculum and offer access to high-quality experiential opportunities for students located both here in the Capital Region and in the Mohawk Valley," said SUNY Poly Interim President Dr. Grace Wang. "We are excited to enhance their high-tech-centered experience via additional technical, professional, and legal scholarship options as we continue to strengthen student opportunities at both of our institutions."


"The Innovation Intensive is a win-win for all," said RF President Jeff Cheek.  "Together with our partners at Albany Law and SUNY Poly we have created a unique, focused, and practical program that at once builds a necessary field of workforce expertise, provides fulfilling mentoring opportunities for our management, and assists researchers and entrepreneurs across the SUNY system transform their discoveries into life-changing innovation."


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