Law and Technology Institute

The Law and Technology Institute was established at Schulich School of Law in 2001 to provide teaching, research, and continuing education on IT law issues to students, faculty members, and the practicing Bar. The Institute participates in the Dalhousie Master of Digital Innovation Program, lead by the faculty of Computer Science, and has been engaged in collaborative projects with the private sector and governments on information technology issues. Its faculty members provide graduate supervision to students interested in the developing field of information technology law, and are active in law and technology organizations, such as CAN-TECH and the International Society for Law and Technology. 

The Technology and Innovation Law Clinic began accepting students in Fall 2020. Students receive course credit for providing legal education and services to early-stage technology start-ups in the region. The students are supervised by a full-time Director and obtain weekly professional development training in addition to experiential learning opportunities working directly with clients.

The Institute is home to the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, edited by Professors Guibault and Dugas. The CJLT, which is published twice per year, is the pre-eminent technology law review in Canada.


We offer one of the strongest Law and Technology programs in the country. With ubiquitous computing and online connectivity, advances in biotechnology, big data storage and search, and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain, questions of law, technology, policy, ethics, and society are of increasing importance and public concern. Our program is designed to prepare law students for technologies of today and tomorrow, with a variety of courses engaging with and thinking critically about issues and problems at the intersections of law, technology, and society.

 The Specialization Requirements

JD students may specialize in Law and Technology. The specialization will be recognized on their transcript. To specialize, a student must take:

 (A) Mandatory Classes:

LAWS 2178 - Intellectual Property Law I


LAWS 2019 - Law and Technology style
LAWS 2372 - The Law of Digital Commerce


(B) Additional Elective Classes:

And two additional elective courses among the following list:

LAWS 2096 - Entertainment Law
LAWS 2168 - Internet and Media Law
LAWS 2170 - Information Technology Transactions
LAWS 2220 - Privacy Law
LAWS 2230 - Science and the Law
LAWS 2320 – Technology and Innovation Law: Clinical Advocacy
LAWS 2372 - The Law of Digital Commerce (if not taken as core course)

LAWS 2028 - Copyright Law
LAWS 2203 - Intellectual Property II
LAWS 2217 - Intellectual Property Commercialization Placement
LAWS 2222 - Patent Law
LAWS 2273 - Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot   

Approved Directed Research Papers

Other major paper courses may also serve as electives towards the specialization, if the paper topic is approved by the Director of the Law and Technology Institute, who serves as the Director of the Law and Technology Specialization program.

Students should also check the courses listed on the Law School web page as it sometimes includes new courses approved after the calendar deadline.

Students interested in registering for the Law and Technology Specialization Certificate must contact the Director of the Law and Technology Specialization program as early as possible and ideally at the end of first year.

Students also have the opportunity to pursue specialized interests in fields such as health law, criminal law and alternate dispute resolution, as they relate to information technology. For further information, contact the Law and Technology Institute at: