(Originally published in the New York Law Journal on October 28, 2015)
Cornell Law School has announced that it will offer a new LL.M. degree program for law, technology and entrepreneurship at the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. Cornell Law expects students to being enrolling in the LL.M. program next year and plans for up to 15 in the first year.
Classes will be held at Cornell Tech's temporary campus at Google's offices, located in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Cornell Tech plans to move to the Bloomberg Center on Roosevelt Island, which is under construction, in 2017.
Charles Whitehead, a Cornell Law professor who will direct the new program, said the law students will work in teams with technologists and entrepreneurs to develop start-up companies and be "part of the innovation process."
"They'll provide legal support but they're also going to be sitting in the room when they're coming up with the ideas," he said.
With the launch of the new LL.M. program, Cornell Law will join a growing list of New York law schools that have formed technology-focused academic programs. [continued]