Tech Law Scholar Kendall Spencer speaks at Election Law symposium.Students selected to participate in the Program have a variety of experiences and backgrounds ranging from patent examiners and technology designers to digital marketing analysts, journalists, librarians, and prior officers in the military.

And their interests are just as varied— privacy, the digital rights of children, social justice, and antitrust law, to name a few. What unites the Tech Law Scholars is their interest in how law and policy might be responsive to how technology affects these important issues.

The inaugural class of Tech Law Scholars graduated in May 2020. Those graduates have joined other recent alumni working in federal clerkships, government, and private practice, focusing on privacy, cybersecurity, fintech, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship.

Program Overview

The Tech Law Scholars Program selects up to 22 incoming, 1L J.D. students per year.

Candidates may apply only after they have been admitted to the J.D. program. Part-time J.D. students are welcome to apply. See the “Application” section below.

Curricular Requirements

In order to receive the “Tech Law Scholar” designation, a student admitted to the Program must successfully complete the following academic requirements:

  • For Scholars admitted to the Program as entering first-year law-school students, the Tech Law Scholars Seminar I;

  • For all Scholars, the Tech Law Scholars Seminar II;

  • A minimum of one “Core Course;”

  • A minimum of one “Advanced Course” that satisfies the Upperclass Legal Writing Requirement identified in the JD Technology Law and Policy Curriculum Guide; and

  • A minimum of six additional credits in courses other than “Core Courses,” at least two, but no more than four, credits of which are in “Clinics and Practicums” or “Skills Courses.”

Program Features

Tech Law Scholars are paired with a faculty advisor from Georgetown’s Technology Law and Policy Faculty, who will serve as a resource throughout the Scholar’s law school career. Scholars are invited to participate in faculty-student lunches and a special orientation event each year.

Application & Deadline

On Monday, February 1, 2021, Director of the Tech Law Scholars Program, Jennifer Sturiale, held an information session, during which she discussed both the Program and applying to it. You can watch a recording of that information session here (You will need your admitted students credentials to access the webpage).

2021 1L TECH LAW SCHOLARS APPLICATION:

We are now accepting applications to the Tech Law Scholars Program from candidates who have been admitted to the Georgetown University Law Center and who, if they accept their offer of admission, will be First-Year law students in the 2021-2022 academic year. The deadline to apply to the Tech Law Scholars Program was March 1 and therefore has now passed. We appreciate, however, that Georgetown will continue to admit students after the March 1 deadline. We therefore are continuing to accept applications; those received after March 1 will be considered for a spot on the waiting list.

You may apply by filling out the online 2021 1L Tech Law Scholars Application.

Before starting an application, please note:

  • You may not apply to the Tech Law Scholars Program until after you have been admitted as a First-Year JD student to the Law Center.
  • You must have a NetID in order to use the online application. Candidates admitted to the Law Center should have received an email explaining how to receive their credentials, including their NetID. This information is also available on the Admitted Students site.
  • The application requires candidates to upload a copy of their resume and a 750-word statement of interest, each as a PDF file. It is therefore strongly advisable that candidates have these materials prepared prior to starting a new application.

In the statement, candidates should explain their interest in participating in the Tech Law Scholars Program. Statements should be no more than 750 words. In the statement, candidates should address the following topics:

  1. What are your long-term professional goals? How would your participation in the Tech Law Scholars Program help you achieve those goals?
  2. What background or experience—educational, personal, or professional—sparked your interest in technology law and policy?
  3. Identify one issue in technology law and policy that you find especially interesting or challenging and explain why.

Candidates should direct any questions about the application or the application process to TechScholars@georgetown.edu.

2021 2L TECH LAW SCHOLARS APPLICATION:

Each year, we reserve a few seats in the Tech Law Scholars Program for rising 2Ls. We are now accepting applications to the Program from candidates who will be 2L students in the 2021-2022 academic year. The application deadline is May 21, 2021. (Please note, the website previously incorrectly indicated that the application deadline was March 12, 2021.)

Rising 2L students, including students transferring to Georgetown after their first year at another law school, may apply by filling out the online 2021 2L Tech Law Scholars Application.

Before starting an application, please note:

  • If you are applying to the Georgetown University Law Center as a transfer student, you may not apply to the Tech Law Scholars Program until after you have been admitted.
  • You must have a NetID in order to use the online application. If you have been admitted to the Law Center as a transfer student, you must have your credentials to apply.
  • The application requires candidates to upload a copy of their resume and a 750-word statement of interest, each as a PDF file. It is therefore strongly advisable that candidates have these materials prepared prior to starting a new application.

In the statement, candidates should explain their interest in participating in the Tech Law Scholars Program. Statements should be no more than 750 words. In the statement, candidates should address the following topics:

  1. What are your long-term professional goals? How would your participation in the Tech Law Scholars Program help you achieve those goals?
  2. What background or experience—educational, personal, or professional—sparked your interest in technology law and policy?
  3. Identify one issue in technology law and policy that you find especially interesting or challenging and explain why.

Candidates should direct any questions about the application or the application process to TechScholars@georgetown.edu.