Law 792:  Cybersecurity and the Legal System

This seminar explores the legal system’s response to the rapidly-evolving challenges posed by cybercrime. We will examine how courts and legislators are struggling to adapt traditional legal principles to digital misconduct, the role (and limitations) of law enforcement, tensions between security and privacy in the fight against cybercrime, the legal implications of the global reach of cybercrime and the growing threat of state actors, and the impact of government regulation in promoting cybersecurity.

We also will seek to provide students with a basic literacy regarding cybersecurity issues likely to touch nearly every lawyer’s practice. Students will learn about common types of cybercrime and security measures, lawyers’ ethical obligations concerning cybersecurity, and the role of lawyers in helping clients meet their cybersecurity-related legal responsibilities and responding to cybersecurity incidents.

Sequence and Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Grades will be based on class participation (20%) and a take-home final examination (80%).

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