Law of Technology vs Law Practice Technology Courses: Who Should Teach and How to Design

Programs in Law, Science and Technology have been introduced at several U.S. law schools and are designed to provide rigorous academic training and interdisciplinary analysis related to current developments in law, science and technology, including such areas as e-commerce, jurisdiction and dispute resolution in cyberspace, biotechnology and health issues, intellectual property regimes and contractual developments related to the global information economy, venture capital, and high technology start-up companies. Are such programs designed to develop technology competent lawyers or are J.D. programs designed to include courses that introduce students to legal technology products, including financial, case, and knowledge management systems and software more necessary to prepare law students to effectively and ethically practice law in the current environment? Alternatively, perhaps of balance of both is a better alternative.

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