Cardozo’s Master’s in Data and Privacy Law is a comprehensive program designed for you to first master the fundamentals of law, including basic corporate law and administrative law, and then move seamlessly into advanced courses in cyber law, privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, e-discovery, and  international data protection. By working with expert practitioners and Cardozo faculty in hands-on project-based courses, you’ll advance your career in the in-demand and expanding data and privacy fields.

  • Ground yourself in the rapidly evolving landscape of cyber, data, and privacy laws across many different industries, both in the United States and abroad, through specially developed case studies and hands-on activities.
  • Develop sophisticated and nimble responses to changes in cyber, data, and privacy law.
  • Advance your career in the lucrative and in-demand cyber, data, and privacy fields.

As you begin your application, we encourage you to read through the course descriptions below.


Required Courses (18 credits)

Introduction to US Law

This course explores the American legal system to enable students to read, analyze, synthesize and prepare arguments based on its primary and secondary sources. Students will be introduced to issues in judicial decision-making, legal process and the culture of the study and practice of law in the United States.

Administrative Law

This course will introduce the institutions, procedures, and theories of the administrative state, the scope of executive and congressional oversight of agency activity, the procedural and substantive constraints on agency rulemaking and adjudication, and the scope and availability of judicial review of agency action.


This course will examine the nature, formation, promotion, governance, and financing of corporations; issues that must be addressed when people decide to engage in business using the corporate form of organization; social concerns and their relationship to principles of corporate governance; and the impact of selected federal securities laws on the governance and operation of corporations and the trading of securities.

Legal Research & Writing for Non-Lawyers

This course is designed to provide domestic and international non-lawyer graduate students with practical instruction in research, writing and lawyering skills within the context of the U.S. legal system. The course includes principles of legal analysis, legal writing, and research methods and skills.

Privacy Law

The course considers both privacy relative to the government and privacy relative to the media and the public. The relevant concepts will be explored both broadly and in the context of specific issues, such as national security, the privacy of consumer data, and the relationship between privacy and freedom of expression.

E-Discovery, Digital Evidence & Computer Forensics

Electronic discovery has become a critical component of all major litigations as the key evidence increasingly consists of e-mail and electronic documents. This course will teach you the law of e- discovery, practical best practices and provide exposure to the technology behind it all. You’ll learn how your computer works, and why it’s so hard to truly delete anything.


The class will explore cybersecurity and cybercrimes from a practitioner’s view. What are cybercrimes? How are they prosecuted? And how do cybercrimes affect their victims? Instructors will draw on their more than 15 years’ experience fighting cybercrimes to explore these questions.

Data and Privacy Law Project

In this course, students will integrate the knowledge and skills developed in previous classes and practice into a comprehensive body of knowledge, and they will provide tangible evidence of competencies in data law and privacy.

Electives (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from among the courses below. Note: Elective course offerings will vary each semester.

Global Corporate Compliance

This course will explore the basic elements of a compliance program in financial and other institutions. We will discuss management’s oversight of compliance programs and the regulatory and statutory requirements that are key ingredients. As we proceed through the semester we will be building a program that should meet the requirements of regulatory and enforcement agencies.

Information Governance Law

This course explores emerging legal and practical challenges faced by corporations managing "big data". Students will learn how companies in different industries address global and domestic data privacy, cybersecurity, investigations and discovery, data mining/usage, records management, compliance and associated risk.

Internet Law

This course examines legal issues raised by the pervasive use of the Internet and other modern communications technologies. Topics addressed include: the role of copyright in the digital environment, control over access to online information, communications privacy, the domain name system and other online markers.

Special Topics: Fundamentals of Common Law (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the key common law areas of contracts, torts, and property, particularly as they relate to data and privacy law. The course examines the elements of a contract, the remedies available for a breach of contract, and defenses to those claims. In the discussion of torts, the course examines both negligence and intentional torts and how tort liability is addressed. Finally, the course will briefly explore certain topics in property law, including intellectual property law. This course serves as a foundation for many of the more specialized courses in the program.
  • Special Topics: Information, New Technologies, and Constitutional Rights (2 credits)
  • Special Topics: Fundamentals of U.S. Constitutional Structure (2 credits)
Please note: this program does not qualify graduates to sit for the bar exam or to practice law.


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