Curricular Programs

Starting in their second year of law school, students can apply to participate in one or more curricular programs at Syracuse Law. These programs represent the culmination of a sustained endeavor in learning about a specialized area of the law. To demonstrate such in depth learning, each program requires that students take a minimum number of credits in the specialized area, including classes that require a significant written work product, an experiential learning experience, an interdisciplinary course, and a capstone project.

The College of Law currently has the following curricular programs:

Advanced Property Studies Curricular Programs prepares students for work in a number of areas of property law including real, personal, intellectual, intangible, and cultural property. The focus is on private market transactions and the public regulation thereof. Courses explore the nature of property rights and the limits of government regulation when it comes to the abridgment of these rights.

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The Communications Law Curricular Program offers a foundation for understanding various areas of the communications industry, including broadcasting and the Internet, as well as cable, mobile, satellite, and broadband and landline services. The program requires students to take a concentration in courses relating to the structure and regulation of the communications industry. The program is designed to prepare students for roles as policymakers, advocates, and analysts in traditional and new media and other communications industries such as those offering wireline and wireless services.

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The Corporate Counsel Curricular Program gives students the skills they need to step into corporate law positions upon graduation, whether on the legal staff of a company or with a firm that represents corporations. Students take courses in economics or finance, labor and employment law, intellectual property, business associations, and business law electives. All students completing the program take General Counsel, a course that simulates the practice of in-house staff.

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The Disability Law and Policy Curricular Program provides students the opportunity to acquire the background and skills required to meet the growing need for lawyers knowledgeable about disability laws and policies. Students in this Program may enroll in our Disability Rights Clinic and in such courses as disability law, international human rights and comparative disability law, family law, estate planning, education law, and labor and employment law as well as at least one disability-related course outside of the College of Law. The goal of the program is to prepare students to work in federal and state government offices, private firms, and public interest, civil and human rights organizations which focus on disability law and the related fields of education and special education, employment, family and children’s rights, civil rights, and international human rights law

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The Entertainment and Sports Law Curricular Program is designed to introduce students with varied interests in fields such as sports, theatre, publishing, film, and music to the legal framework for these industries. The program encourages students to explore opportunities within the College of Law, the broader University, and in practice settings. Participation in the program permits students to demonstrate both their interest and their expertise in these fields in the search for internships and employment.

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Students in the Estate Planning Curricular Program will acquire the practical skills required to meet the growing need for estate planning, estate and trust administration, wealth transfer taxes and charitable giving professionals. Students will develop both a firm theoretical foundation in the subject and a thorough understanding of how to apply what they learn by participating in the rigorous Estate Planning capstone course. The program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of settings, including law and accounting firms, wealth management, insurance, and trust companies, and fund-raising divisions of universities and other non-profit organizations.

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The Family Law and Social Policy Curricular Program is available to those students who are interested in developing expertise to comprehensively address the legal needs of families and children. This program focuses on the interrelationship between the different areas of law that affect individuals within a familial context and the different systems that may be implicated. The requirements for this curricular program are specifically designed to allow law students to explore their particular interests utilizing a multi-faceted approach which is necessary to provide holistic legal representation in the dynamic areas of family law, wills and trusts, domestic violence, elder law, and other legal issues affecting children and families.

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The Global Law and Practice Curricular Program offers students the opportunity to prepare for careers in fields ranging from public and private international law, transnational law, and international relations to immigration law. Students in the program may focus their interests on areas such as international law, human rights, international trade and business. Graduates have gone on to practice in government agencies, international tribunals, multinational corporations, international law firms, banks, and non-governmental organizations.

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The Institute for the Judiciary, Politics and the Media (IJPM) Curricular Program was created with the assistance of funds from the John Ben Snow Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation. The program requires students to take a concentration in courses relating to the study of how judicial institutions, public policy-making, and media coverage affect and are affected by one another. The courses are supplemented by an Independent Study with the IJPM Director. Together the courses and Independent Study promote a holistic understanding of the complex interactions between the courts, the media, and the political process. The goal is to better prepare students for roles as advocates, policy-makers, judges, judicial administrators and information officers, and legal analysts.

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The Technology Commercialization Law Program (TCLP) offers a Curricular Program in Technology Commercialization Law Studies for students interested in demonstrating in-depth scholarship in the technical, legal, and business aspects involved in bringing new technologies to market. In addition to focused classroom study, students in the TCLP work on research projects for real technologies on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories technology development organizations, and established companies and startups. The program provides a solid foundation for careers in law firms, corporations, government agencies, tech transfer offices, and consulting and investing firms.

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