Master of Laws at Cornell Tech

The legal industry is quite a traditional
industry, so it’s ripe for innovation
and disruption. CHUCK WHITEHEAD: The
Cornell Tech Law program is a disruptive program. It’s disruptive
because it teaches the law in a way that is
just not taught in other law schools or other law programs. LEMAR MOORE: What differentiates
it from other LLM programs is just how collaborative
and cutting edge it is. JAIMIE WOLMAN: The
law classes are not like any classes I’ve
done ever before. They’re much more practical. CHUCK WHITEHEAD:
We are very much tied into Cornell University. I’m a professor at
Cornell Law School, and the law school
very much is focused on making sure that
this program reflects the integrity, the quality
of training that you’d get if you were up in Ithaca. JAYNA PATEL: We’re
having discussions, we’re challenging each other. ELIZABETH RAGAVANIS:
We do lots of things that are not very familiar
for attorneys, things that are more tech related. CHUCK WHITEHEAD: We have our
law students work together with business people
and technologists as part of project teams. JOHANAN OTTENSOOSER:
We work together with engineers, business
people, and build products once every two to three-month cycle. SPEAKER: Our
product, PainAway, is working to bridge
the communication gap between physicians and
patients with osteoarthritis. LEMAR MOORE: Our solution
was a social media platform designed to create a
stronger sense of community within [INAUDIBLE]. We’re actually coding. We’re actually participating
and walking through with the engineers the
process of building a platform or building a chat
bot, for example. CHUCK WHITEHEAD:
They don’t simply learn how to represent
clients or work with clients. They actually become
part of the client. JAYNA PATEL: First, I
was a little hesitant because I don’t have
a tech background. But because of the way
the program is structured, I knew I’d be able to
learn the law that I needed to know to be a
good attorney in this field but simultaneously apply it. JAIMIE WOLMAN: Whether it’s
health tech, hospitality tech, fashion tech, ad
tech is a big one, so we’re just getting
exposure to everything. LEMAR MOORE: Really,
it just shows you how to attack the problem
of representing a startup and getting a startup off
the ground in the tech sphere from all angles. JEFF STEIN: It really
helps them understand the intersection of law and
business, which is important, and the intersection,
again, of law in the technology sector, which
is so pervasive these days. JAYNA PATEL: The
greatest part about it is we all come from such
different backgrounds. JOHANAN OTTENSOOSER:
We have people who have come from litigation. We have people who come
from intellectual property. LEMAR MOORE: I’m
working with engineers. I’m working with folks in
connective media, health care tech. JEFF STEIN: Having them
talk day in and day out and participating
with the technology and business folks is
immensely important because it allows the
graduates of this program, as young lawyers,
to go out and really start to add value to
their clients immediately, which is a major benefit to
them and to the law firms that hire them. CHUCK WHITEHEAD: This is
a completely different way of teaching law, and it’s very
specific to the type of client and the type of industry
that we’re working with. This is what makes
it disruptive. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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