September 2nd, 2011
The Knight Law and Media Program, open to all Yale Law School students, focuses on the intersection of law, media and journalism. Geared toward students who plan to be journalists, advocates for journalists or policy makers in the media industry, the program includes courses such as “Communications Law,” “Introduction to Intellectual Property,” “Internet Privacy” and “The Law of E-Commerce.” Writing workshops, speakers, conferences/events and career counseling are also part of the program, which was named for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which supports these efforts through a grant.
Another facet to the media and law educational offerings at Yale Law School is the Information Society Project (ISP), a center studying the “effects of new information technologies on law and society … guided by the values of democracy, human development, and social justice.” The ISP provides scholarship, teaches students, engages in activism and develops ideas in five research areas, as identified on its Web site:
- Protecting and expanding access to knowledge
- Developing legal rules, policy frameworks and technical architectures to promote civil liberties online
- Providing teachers and students with better access to digital education
- Addressing legal, social, ethical and policy impacts of the genomic revolution
- Encouraging intellectual property reform and innovation