Deputy Chief, WCB, Federal Communications Commission
“I still hear many professors’ lessons in my head as certain things cross my desk, even when the subject matter is completely different from what was addressed in class that day.”
Information services and products constitute the world's largest and fastest-growing economic sector. Banking, insurance, transportation, health care, manufacturing, education, entertainment, communications, and service industries — the bedrock, in other words, of the modern economy — are being transformed by information technologies. But the proliferation of digital information and related technologies presents challenging new legal issues about the ownership, use, and protection of data. The demand for graduates skilled in this field is enormous and rapidly expanding.
This area of focus covers information law's traditional bailiwick and also keeps up with the ways in which new technology is constantly pushing the boundaries of the law. Students interested in these fields will also have the opportunity to participate in the research initiatives of two of the school’s centers: the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and the Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research (CLEAR) in Health Information.
Information, communications, and privacy law intersect with another increasingly pervasive area of study: intellectual property. Students should consult the IP area of focus page for further details. Relevant IP course offerings are also listed below.
We offer a wide range of courses in information, communications, and privacy law in the United States and around the world.
We offer students a variety of other opportunities to gain valuable experience and study the field in more depth outside the classroom. For example, students complete externships at the Federal Communications Commission and in law firms and high-technology companies in Indiana and throughout the country; participate in IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; serve on our national telecommunications moot court team; and compete in national writing competitions.
Several joint degree programs are available, including:
Doctor of Jurisprudence/Master of Arts/Master of Science in Telecommunications: The Law School and the Department of Telecommunications offer joint Doctor of Jurisprudence—Master of Arts/Master of Science degrees. Under the program, students may complete both the JD and the MA or MS in telecommunications in eight semesters.
Students customarily spend the first year in the School of Law and thereafter divide the second, third, and fourth years between the two units. Requirements for graduation are 79 credit hours in law (including all degree requirements) and 27 credit hours in telecommunications courses.
Students would customarily spend the first year in the School of Law and thereafter divide the second, third, and fourth years between the two units. The joint program requires a minimum of 79 hours in law and 30 hours in journalism, including a thesis.