Fellowships in Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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The following institutions post Fellowship appointments in intellectual property and/or information policy from time to time.  For more details, read the relevant website or contact the institution directly.

American Civil Liberties Union

The ACLU of Northern California (San Francisco, California) is pleased to offer a new two-year (September 2008 – September 2010) Technology and Civil Liberties Fellowship to help develop legal and policy papers about emerging technologies and implement an innovative campaign to educate consumers of all ages, policymakers, and businesspeople about privacy and free speech rights.

For detailed application requirements and more information about the position, please see the description (full text below) and visit the ACLU of Northern California Technology webpage at www.aclunc.org/tech.

Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (BCLT) is seeking to hire a Research Fellow for a one year term (possibly renewable for a second year), beginning in August 1, 2011, to undertake research on intellectual property and other high technology issues under the supervision of BCLT faculty. Because the funding for this fellowship is being provided by Microsoft Corp., the Research Fellow hired will be known as the “Microsoft Research Fellow.”

BCLT is a research center at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. For the past twelve years, BCLT has been rated by US News & World Report one of the best intellectual property programs in the country, in part because of the high quality, high impact research conducted by its faculty and students. BCLT’s research extends beyond the intellectual property core to encompass electronic commerce, telecommunications regulation, cyberlaw, privacy and other areas of law that are affected by new information technologies.

 Primary Responsibilities:

  • research and writing of articles or reports of publishable quality on high technology issues, under the supervision of BCLT faculty
  • writing articles, white papers, and opinion pieces directed at audiences beyond academia
  • working with BCLT faculty and staff to organize workshops, conferences, talks, and meetings with lawyers, policymakers, and industry representatives
  • identifying and managing research projects with BCLT faculty
  • collaborating with JD, PhD students and Professors working on related projects
  • speaking at conferences and meetings, and to the press about the research

Examples of issues for research are: patent law reform, international patent issues, rules for secondary liability of technology developers, anti‐circumvention regulations, legal regulation of spam, spyware, malware and deceptive software, privacy and security issues, digital rights management, trusted computing, computer crimes and broadband policy.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • J.D. degree or relevant Ph.D. in science and technology policy
  • research experience
  • excellent communication, analytical and writing skills
  • subject matter knowledge of intellectual property law and technology policy

Compensation: $45,024 to $51,720 depending upon experience

For information on how to apply for the fellowship, please visit the Berkeley Law website:
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/1510.htm

Applications must be received no later than February 1, 2011.

For more information about BCLT visit our website at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/institutes/bclt/

Center for Democracy and Technology

The law firm of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has established a public interest fellowship at the Center for Democracy and Technology in honor of Ron Plesser, a senior partner at the firm who died suddenly in 2004.  Information about the Ron Plesser Fellowship is available here.

Creative Commons

Check this page for internship opportunities at CC.

Duke Law School

Duke Law School offers Fellowships in Intellectual Property, Public Interest & the Public Domain, a program devoted to the study and teaching of public interest issues in intellectual property law.  An overview of the Fellowship Program is available here.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation offers unpaid summer internships for law students.  Information about the program is online here,

Electronic Privacy Information Center

The Electronic Privacy Information Center offers both two-year post-JD public interest fellowships, and summer and semester long fellowships for current law students. Complete information is available here.

Franklin Pierce Law School

Pierce Law offers the Procter & Gamble Scholarship, designed to increase the membership of attorneys from underrepresented groups in the patent bar.  A single scholarship will be offered to a student who wishes to visit Franklin Pierce for a full academic year, to focus on the study of patent law.  The scholarship provides $5,000 to cover relocation and living expenses; the recipient will pay tuition at Franklin Pierce that is the lesser of the student’s regular tuition, or Pierce Law tuition.  Information and application materials are available here.

George Washington University Law School

The George Washington University Law School hires an Intellectual Property Fellow, a two-year position designed for persons who are interested in pursuing an academic career in some area of intellectual property law.   According to GW, “the Frank H. Marks Intellectual Property Fellowship is a two-year position from Summer 2012 to Summer 2012 designed for persons who are interested in pursuing an academic career in some area of intellectual property law.  The Marks IP Fellow will teach one course per academic year and help with the administration of the Intellectual Property Program.”  Application information is available here.

Google Policy Fellowship 

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Information is available here

New York University Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policysupports two Engelberg Fellows, a Fish & Neave Fellow, and a Cooper & Dunham Fellow, as well as a fellowship in intellectual property law intended to support a law school graduate who is interested in a career teaching intellectual property law.  Fellows receipt a stipend from the law school and work closely with faculty on appropriate research projects.

New York University Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy

Privacy Research Fellowship at NYU Available for 2011-12

The Information Law Institute of NYU’s Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy is accepting applications for a one-year fellowship in the area of privacy law, with a focus on issues related to location tracking. The fellowship is open to law school graduates with excellent credentials and will begin in Fall 2011. While in residence at NYU School of Law, the fellow will be expected to play a leading role in researching and writing a white paper on the subject of location tracking and privacy, disseminating the results of the study, and organizing a conference or workshop on the topic. The fellow will also be encouraged to pursue his or her own privacy-related research agenda during the fellowship year. The location tracking project will be supervised by Helen Nissenbaum (Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication), Katherine Strandburg (Professor of Law), and Ira Rubinstein (ILI Senior Fellow). The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in Information Law Institute activities, including the multidisciplinary Privacy Research Group, to interact with other faculty associated with the ILI, and to take part in many other activities at NYU School of Law. Further information about the ILI and our associated Privacy Research Group is available at http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/ili/index.htm.

The ILI fellow will receive a stipend of $50,000, along with benefits. Applications for the fellowship should be sent by email to ILI assistant Nicole Arzt, Nicole.arzt@nyu.edu, and should include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of or links to any relevant publications, and the names and contact information of three references.

The fellowship is made possible by a generous grant from Microsoft Corporation.

Public Knowledge

Public Knowledge offers unpaid legal internships during the academic year and over the summer to individuals interested in intellectual property and information law and policy.  Internship details are available.

Silicon Flatirons Center / University of Colorado

Silicon Flatirons Research Associate Specializing in Intellectual Property Reform

Colorado Law’s Silicon Flatirons Center is seeking an individual to work as a Research Associate specializing in Intellectual Property Reform (the “IP Research Fellow”) for a one-year term.  The job could start during the Spring 2009 semester, however, the start date is flexible and could start as late as July 2009. 

The IP Research Fellow will spend the majority of his or her time conducting research and writing articles or reports of publishable quality on the impact of the patent system on the software industry in particular, and patent reform in general.  Additional work will address a diverse set of tasks and projects.  The IP Research Fellow will support grants and/or contracts in connection with Silicon Flatirons’ projects, including grant-writing efforts to help secure funding for relevant initiatives.  The IP Research Fellow will lead and support Silicon Flatirons’ cross-campus initiatives concerning intellectual property, including working with stakeholders in other disciplines and campus departments as well as in the surrounding community.  He or she will assist CU Law faculty and staff in organizing conferences, talks, and meetings with lawyers and policymakers.  Finally, the IP Research Fellow will from time to time also be responsible for working with students on IP issues.

An ideal candidate will have a Juris Doctorate degree or a Ph.D.  Preferred qualifications include experience with technology or intellectual property law in general, and experience working with both small and large software companies.  Previous work on patent reform is desirable.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  To apply, visit https://www.jobsatcu.com, search job posting #805940. and submit the following materials: cover letter with a detailed statement of interest; resume; relevant transcript(s); writing sample; and (upon request by Silicon Flatirons) two letters of recommendation should be provided.

Materials should be directed via electronic or U.S. Mail to:
Anna Noschese
Silicon Flatirons Center
401 UCB Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO 80309
E-mail: Anna.Noschese@Colorado.EDU

Colorado Law’s Silicon Flatirons Center is seeking an individual to work as a Research Associate (the “CableLabs Fellow”) for a one-year term.  The job could start during the Spring 2009 semester, however, the start date is flexible and could start as late as July 2009.  Applications are being accepted on an on-going basis.  For additional information, please contact Anna Noschese (Anna.Noschese@Colorado.EDU).

This Silicon Flatirons’ Research Fellow position will specialize in technology policy, with emphases in economic regulation and administrative procedure.  An ideal candidate will have a juris doctorate degree and demonstrated interest and experience in technology and telecommunications law. Experience working at a regulatory agency or practicing telecommunications law is a bonus. Candidates should be interested in helping support classes (including Colorado Law’s Technology Policy Clinic), helping lead technology policy outreach efforts across the university community, serving as the director of the Institute of Regulatory Law and Economics (which provides an intensive training for state regulators), and conducting original research in the area of technology policy. 

SPECIFICS OF POSITION

·         One year term (with possibility of renewal for second year)
·         The position could begin during the Spring 2009 semester; however, the start date is flexible and a date as late as August 2009 is possible.
·         Primary responsibilities:
1.       Develop curriculum and help lead programs and courses for domestic and foreign regulators, oriented around the intersection of law, economics, and technology.
2.       Help supervise student advocacy and related projects in the Samuelson-Glushko Technology Law & Policy Clinic. 
3.       Conduct research and draft reports related to meetings and roundtable discussions involving industry leaders, academics, and policy-makers, such as the “Flatirons Summits on Regulatory Policy” events and the “Roundtable Series on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Public Policy” events.
4.       Lead and coordinate activities jointly sponsored by Silicon Flatirons and the University of Colorado’s Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program (ITP), such as policy-based student competitions. 
5.       Lead and support Silicon Flatirons’ cross-campus initiatives concerning technology policy, including working with stakeholders in other disciplines and campus departments as well as in the surrounding community.
6.       Work with students interested in technology law, supporting the Journal on Telecommunications and High Technology Law and student career development.
7.       Direct the Institute for Regulatory Law and Economics.

·         Compensation:  Estimated $50,000 plus University of Colorado benefits (salary to be adjusted commensurate with experience)

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

An ideal candidate for this position would have the following characteristics:

·         J.D. degree;
·         excellent communication, analytical and writing skills;
·         subject matter knowledge of technology policy, telecommunications law, and/or economics. 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  To apply, visit https://www.jobsatcu.com, search job posting #805939 and submit the following materials:
•          cover letter with a detailed statement of interest;
•          resume;
•          relevant transcript(s);
•          writing sample; and
•          (upon request by Silicon Flatirons) two letters of recommendation should be provided.

Materials should be directed via electronic or U.S. Mail to:

Anna Noschese
Silicon Flatirons Center
401 UCB Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO 80309
E-mail: Anna.Noschese@Colorado.EDU

Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale (Italy)

A research fellowship on law and economics of copyright in digital markets is available (December 2007).  Further details are online here.

University of Michigan

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL
     
Program in Law, Economics, and Technology
    
Fellowships in Law, Economics, and Technology
Supported by Microsoft
     
PURPOSE:
    
The University of Michigan’s Program in Law, Economics, and Technology is offering several post-graduate Fellowships in Law, Economics, and Technology. The Fellowships support research by individuals who have finished graduate school (or are about to finish) and are writing on topics in the intersection between law, economics, and technology. Individuals who have practiced in these areas and are interested in returning to academia are also encouraged to apply. The purpose of the fellowships is to foster research and interest in areas of Intellectual Property, Telecommunications, Internet and Cyberlaw, Health Care Law and Policy, and other areas related to information and technology, with emphasis on economics and empiricism as the disciplines of inquiry. The Fellows are expected to devote their time to their proposed course of research, to be in residence at the Law School in Ann Arbor, and to participate in the Law School’s law-and-economics activities. Fellowships are either for one or two semesters.
     
ELIGIBILITY:
    
Fellows should have completed graduate studies (such as J.D., Ph.D, or a Masters degree). Applications will also be accepted from students who are in their advanced stage of study toward a graduate degree, with the understanding that their graduation will precede the Fellowship term. The Fellowships are intended for graduates who have demonstrated an interest in questions of law and economic policy and expertise in the areas of information and technology, and who are likely to make significant contributions to teaching and scholarship in this area. 
     
AWARDS:
    
The Fellowships in Law, Economics, and Technology provide a stipend of up to $25,000 per semester ($50,000 per year), depending on the seniority and experience of the fellow. Fellows will also be provided with office space, access to a computer and printer, and an allowance for research and office supplies. 
     
APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
    
To apply for the 2009-10 Fellowship in Law, Economics, and Technology, please submit the following by February 28, 2009:
    
1.  A Fellowship Application cover sheet (downloadable from URL below);
2.  Statement describing your interest in law, economics, and technology (up to 1,000 words);
3.  A scholarly paper you have written;
4.  Curriculum Vitae;
5.  Undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
6.  Two sealed letters of recommendation. 
    
Complete applications should be delivered to: 
    
CONTACT:       Mr. Al LaGrone
Program in Law, Economics, and Technology
The University of Michigan Law School, Rm. 972LR
625 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

For more information contact Al LaGrone 
Tel:           (734) 647-4034
Email:         MAILTO:alagrone@umich.edu 

or visit:
    
http://www.law.umich.edu/centersandprograms/lawecontech/Pages/lawecontechfellowships.aspx