The Institute engages in a range of innovative and leading methods to prepare students for the 21st century. Student activities include participating in the Institute's Startup Legal Garage; working on applied legal research projects with Institute faculty, Fellowship positions with the Institute and Institute community partners, public policy work, and more. To learn more about opportunities, please review the information below.

Participation in Institute related activities expose students to a community of thought leaders and peers. Students are also given early notice of new opportunities that arise throughout the school year.

The Startup Legal Garage course is a full year course with seminar and fieldwork components each semester.

Classroom Component: Weekly seminar addresses doctrinal issues in Intellectual Property and Corporate law.  This course will orient students to the expectations of a transactional law practice and students will develop and apply lawyering skills such as transaction planning and management, client interviewing and counseling, navigating conflict of interest issues, and legal research. Students will bring redacted versions of their deals into the classroom.

Fieldwork Component: Under the close supervision of a practicing attorney, students will work with entrepreneurs in their very early stages of business planning. The Startup Legal Garage is not an external placement clinic. With the nature of startup work, the fieldwork will ebb and flow, and students will not be working on a client project at all times. Students will, however, have the opportunity across the year to work with actual clients under the supervision of seasoned attorneys. There is no substitute for the real world.

Student Application Process: The Startup Legal Garage is highly selective and chooses students based on past academic performance, completed course work, and demonstrated interest in the space.

Note: Prerequisites may be satisfied by concurrent enrollment.  The BioTech Module = 5 units: 2 units class and 3 units fieldwork per semester.  The Tech Module = 4 units: 2 units class and 2 units fieldwork per semester.

BioTech Module: total of 10 units for the full year (2 units for GPA class and 3 units fieldwork per semester)
Open to: second and third year students.
Prerequisites: IP Survey Course, Patent Law, the first year IP statutory elective, or appropriate experience. Students will also need to have obtained a prior science degree (ie. engineering, computer science, biology) at the undergraduate or graduate level. This requirement is so that the student will feel comfortable reading and analyzing scientific descriptions in patents.

Tech Module: total of 8 units for the full year (2 units for GPA class and 2 unit fieldwork per semester)
Open to: third year students.
Prerequisites: Corporations or Business Associations + one of the following: Contract Drafting, Copyright Law, Corporate Finance, Employment Law, Patents and Trade Secrets, Sales & Leases, Securities Regulation, Venture Capital, Transactional Law Practicum or Business Planning.

To enroll: The Startup Legal Garage application for students for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is currently closed. The application for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will open in April 2017.

For questions, please contact Alice Armitage:

The Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (STLJ) is a multidisciplinary journal created to enrich the discourse at the nexus of science, scientific methodology, technology, biotechnology, bioethics, health, public policy, and the law. STLJ is designed to serve both the legal and scientific communities through prompt publication of scholarly works on the basis of originality, insight, timeliness, and elegance, and by providing an open forum for the discussion and interpretation of significant developments in science and law.

The Intellectual property concentration is designed to better prepare students who wish to practice in the intellectual property field. It is also designed to create a sense of community among committed intellectual property students and the intellectual property faculty, facilitating networks for support and encouragement during students’ time at UC Hastings and beyond, into their careers. UC Hastings’ connections with Silicon Valley’s technology conglomeration, California's art and entertainment industries, and San Francisco’s vibrant intellectual property firms uniquely position it to offer perspectives from all aspects of the practice. IP concentration students are offered courses taught by practitioners from boutique and multi-national firms and in-house counsel, in addition to full-time UC Hastings faculty.

The Institute's research offers a wealth of opportunity for the ambitious and curious law students to learn, contribute, and work on research at the intersection of law, policy, and technology. Projects include work in patent assertion entities, consumer privacy issues, local regulations that impact the startup & entrepreneur community, OpenGov, and more. Opportunities to participate are always announced in the internal UCHastings newsletter. Inquires about possible opportunities can also be made directly to the appropriate Faculty or Staff member. Please visit the About page to find the appropriate contact.

Where opportunities exist, the Institute offers UC Hastings students the opportunity to work as Fellows on various projects the Institute is engaged in. Student Fellows differ from Research Assistants in that they are pursuing independent research consistent with the Institute's mission and approved and supervised by Faculty or Staff, but outside of existing projects led by Faculty or Staff. Student Fellows may also work on various projects to support Institute activities and community outreach programs.

For more information, please contact Alice Armitage:

The Institute does not manage any Legal Externships. However, relationships with various community partners are facilitated by the Institute with entities in the intersection of law and technology. For more information on specific opportunities, please visit the UC Hastings Legal Externship page.

Examples: The Privacy and Technology Project forged a relationship with the Office of the Attorney General of California's Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit.