940 Implications of Tech Developments on Business & Law - §007, Fall 2018

Categories: Business, Corporate, Commercial Law Intellectual Property

Instructor(s) Smith, Anne

The Implications of Tech Developments on Business & Law Course (the “Capstone Course”) is a capstone experience for transactionally focused law students that combines an externship and classroom component. The Capstone Course will introduce students to a select subset of modern technical innovations presented by industry and campus leaders on the subject. In the week after each class, students will participate in a focused discussion related to the legal, ethical, social, and business issues presented by the innovation. Additionally, students will engage with industry Partners to explore innovation from the experience of a company that regularly engages with disruptive technology.

Learning Outcomes
Goal #1: To provide each student with dynamic interdisciplinary experience with a partner entity (a “Partner”) that will engage the student holistically in the Partner’s business and provide context to practicing law in a complex environment.

Students will demonstrate the following competencies:

• Critical thinking and judgment
• Legal analysis and reasoning
• Pragmatic problem solving
• Strategic thinking and judgment
• Service Orientation with Partners
• Responsiveness to Partner
• Good Partner rapport and relationships
• Effective planning and organization of work
• Communicates clearly and effectively with Partner
• Effective teamwork

Metric: At the end of each semester, Partner supervisors will provide written feedback regarding student skill in the relevant competency.

Goal #2: Engage students in thinking more deeply about the ways in which the law will adapt to technical innovation.

Students will demonstrate the following competencies:

• Critical thinking and judgment
• Understanding of inter-relatedness of business, ethical, social, and legal issues applied to innovation
• Legal analysis and reasoning
• Pragmatic problem solving
• Strategic thinking and judgment
• Communication
• Effective oral communication
• Effective written communication
• Effective listening

Metric: At the end of each semester each student will develop a graded 30-60 minute presentation and discussion related to an area of interest discussed during the course and demonstrating the above skills.

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