Information privacy lawyers play a critical role in helping organizations comply with laws and regulations related to the collection, use, and storage of personal information, while also protecting the privacy rights of individuals. Issue areas include data breaches, online privacy, government surveillance, cybersecurity, intellectual property, and e-commerce. Information privacy lawyers may also work on compliance with laws such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).

Information privacy law is a rapidly evolving field, as technology continues to advance and more personal information is collected and stored online. As a result, information privacy lawyers must stay up to date on the latest legal developments and technological trends in order to effectively advise their clients.

Information privacy lawyers practice in law firms, as in-house counsel for companies, including companies like Meta, Apple, and Google, or in government agencies. They may also work for non-profit organizations that focus on privacy and civil liberties issues. They may advise clients on a wide range of privacy-related matters, from drafting and reviewing privacy policies, responding to data breaches, developing best practices for protecting personal information, and handling government investigations and litigation.

Foundational Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Cyberlaw
  • Information Privacy
  • Technology and Communications Law Practicum

Specialization Courses

  • Copyright Law
  • Cybercrime and Criminal Enforcement
  • e-Discovery
  • Entertainment Law
  • First Amendment Problems of the Media
  • Information Privacy
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • International Communications Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Aspects of Social Media
  • Legal Drafting Seminar – Contract Drafting
  • Legal Drafting Seminar – Legislative Drafting
  • Lobbying and the Law
  • National Security Law & Policy Seminar
  • Professional Sports and the Law

Highly Recommended Courses

  • Agency
  • Antitrust
  • Corporations
  • Remedies

Clinics, Skills, and Externships

Students oriented toward Communications Law may wish to consider the Law and Technology Institute’s Certificate Program, with a Data Privacy track:

Faculty: Professors Fischer, La Belle, Winston