The Cardozo School of Law announced a new program focusing on data law to help students prepare for careers in cybersecurity, data privacy and e-discovery.
Mark Gerlach, Law Technology News
May 16, 2014 Law Technology News - The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is ramping up its emphasis on technology with a new initiative that will help law students prepare for careers in cybersecurity, information governance, e-discovery, data privacy and social media law.
Called the Data Law Initiative, the program will consist of classroom coursework and internship credits. There is no additional cost to participate in the initiative for Cardozo students, according to a spokeswoman for the law school.
“I wanted to create a program to meet the changing demands of the profession and the marketplace,” said Cardozo School of Law Dean Mathew Diller in an LTN interview. “Technology has transformed business and society, and the digital age we live in is creating new legal challenges every day.”
According to John DeNatale, assistant dean of communications and public affairs at Cardozo, in addition to an internship, all students in the initiative must complete two mandatory courses: E-Discovery, Digital Evidence and Computer Forensics; and Information Governance Law. Each course is a full semester, DeNatale said.
The pair of core classes was developed over the past several years in preparation for the initiative, says DeNatale. Cardozo has also expanded its internship program as part of the initiative, and will launch a Tech Start-Up Clinic this fall, he said.
The law school, which will also be applying for state approval for the new initiative in the fall, offers approximately 10 other optional courses from its intellectual property and information and corporate law course catalog. Some of which include Discovery in Civil Actions, Corporate Internal Investigations and Internet Law.
Initiative classes can be taken during a student’s second and third year, DeNatale says.
Students do not have to maintain a certain grade point average to enroll in the initiative. However, employers are at the helm of accepting students for internships, so GPA is most likely a factor.
Professor Patrick Burke, counsel at Reed Smith, is the director of the program. The associate director is professor Denise Backhouse, shareholder at Littler Mendelson.
Some students who were really “stars” in the classroom are either not finding work or are underemployed after they graduate, Burke says. The initiative is designed to amend that trend and help students find jobs in the tech field.
Big four companies (e.g., Earnest & Young and KPMG) recruit students each year from feeder schools and put them through a computer science “boot camp” to get them prepared for e-discovery practices; later bringing them on as consultants, Burke says. In response to this trend, Cardozo created its own tech boot camp because of the lack of notable J.D. feeder schools for legal technology careers.
Five students are enrolled in summer internships through the initiative, says Cardozo’s DeNatale, with approximately another half dozen internships in the works.
The program has an all-star board of advisers, including Jason Baron, of counsel at Drinker Biddle & Reath; Barclay Blair, president of the ViaLumina Group; David Cowen, president and managing director of The Cowen Group; Hon. James Francis IV, magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; Manfred Gabriel, principal at KPMG; David Horrigan, analyst at 451 Research; Anne Kershaw, managing director at Knowledge Strategy Solutions; Patrick Oot, partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon; and Daniel Regard, CEO of iDiscovery Solutions Inc.
Mark Gerlach is a staff reporter at LTN.