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LAW AND TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

Our online MLS program explores ever-emerging technologies—like artificial intelligence, blockchain, the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality— that are transforming life and the law in the 21st century, connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace.  

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Complete this 30-credit-hour program in 2 years from anywhere in the world. Fall classes begin in August.

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Robert Furnier is Director of the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University, and an Adjunct Professor at Southern University Law Center. At both law schools, Mr. Furnier teaches course on technology’s impact upon all aspects of the law; on legal app development and entrepreneurship, and on social change through innovation. At Chase, he directs the Small And Nonprofit Clinic, creating opportunities for students to represent businesses, particularly tech startups. A former startup founder himself, Mr. Furnier is a former Vice Chair of the ABA TECHSHOW Board and a former member of the ABA eLawyering Task Force.

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Innovation is change that creates value. 

Are you ready to innovate your professional life through the Master of Legal Studies (MLS.) degree program at Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University?  The Chase MLS program explores ever-emerging technologies—like artificial intelligence, blockchain, the internet of things (IoT), machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality— that are transforming life and the law in the 21st century, connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace.  

 


 

PROGRAM COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

Required Courses Credit Hours
Legal Analysis and Problem Solving 0
BLS – Research 2
   
"Core" MLS (Select a minimum of 9 credit hours)  
Digital Commerce and the Law 3
Digital Crimes and Torts  3
Digital Forensics and Law  3
Digital Privacy and Security 3
Emerging Technologies and the Law I  3
Emerging Technologies and the Law II 3
Law for Entrepreneurs  3
Legal Boundaries in the Digital Age  3
Seminar in Technology Law  3
   
Elective Hours Remaining 19

*Additional courses offered online that could satisfy the elective requirements include E-Discovery and Advanced Legal Research

 

**If you are not interested the Law and Technology Online MLS program, we do offer additional MLS degree programs either on-campus or as a hybrid of on-campus and online. Learn more here.


 

LAW AND TECH COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND THE LAW I AND II

Today’s world is on the brink of a fourth industrial revolution, the Digital Revolution, with ever-emerging technologies transforming life in the 21st century—connecting billions of people through the internet; improving access to goods and services; and redefining commerce, education, governance, and the workplace. Over two semesters, students will be introduced to emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, biometrics, blockchain, cryptocurrency, drones, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, quantum computing, robotics, 3D printing, and virtual and augmented reality— and their impact upon contract, criminal, property, tort and other core areas of the law.

LAW FOR ENTREPRENEURS

This course focuses upon the legal needs of entrepreneurs
and their startups. While successful startups may require help with complex legal drafting and transactions—to obtain financing, issue shares, go public, or sell the company—entrepreneurs and lawyers that represent them require general knowledge of many areas of the law. The course will consider some of the expertise that a lawyer must acquire to counsel startups, explore ways that attorneys can better understand these unique clients and develop a practice to serve them, and introduce entrepreneurs, or those who may want to become entrepreneurs, to legal issues common to creating and running a startup.

 

DIGITAL COMMERCE AND THE LAW

As commerce shifts to the Internet and mobile technologies, the law has been forced to adapt to the realities of the e-commerce marketplace. Consumers and businesses buy and sell goods or services through virtual storefronts using digital contracts, paying with digital currency, and, in some cases, resolving disputes online. Meanwhile, blockchain technology has offered new ways to document and to pay for e-commerce transactions through smart contracts and cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin. This course will address e-commerce common and regulatory law, with a special emphasis upon blockchain technology.

DIGITAL CRIMES AND TORTS

This is the age of the invisible criminal and tortfeasor, harming individuals, businesses, and governments under a cloak of anonymity and through the boundless reach of the Internet. Many crimes and torts were rare or nonexistent until this century—like cyber-attacks, cyberbullying, cyberextortion, cyberstalking, cyberterrorism, and cybertheft. This course will examine New Age crimes and torts and the legal challenges in imposing criminal and civil liability upon those who commit them.

DIGITAL FORENSICS AND LAW

This course will focus on both hands-on digital forensic experience using
open-source digital forensics tools and case law that covers electronic
discovery, privacy, and cybersecurity considerations.  In this course, the
student not only gains experience using digital forensics tools but also will
learn about legal precedents that discusses the “why” behind the “how”. The
course also includes lessons about data acquisition and analysis of external
storage devices such as USB devices, workplace considerations (the cloud,
bring-your-own-device BYOD), and a study of various models that any forensic
practitioner should be familiar with when presenting findings to in a court of
law. Finally, students will be also asked to engage in critical thinking
assignments that tackle forensic implications of current and emerging
technologies.

 

DIGITAL PRIVACY AND SECURITY

The exponential and infinite proliferation of big data raises both privacy and security issues, as the sensitive information of individuals, organizations, and governments are collected and stored online where it can be hacked or misused without authorization. This course will explore the developing, complex web of laws, national and international, that govern data privacy and cybersecurity. More specifically, it will examine the limitations of the existing legal framework and consider the policy implications of greater regulation of data collection over the Internet and the evolving Internet of Things
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LEGAL BOUNDARIES IN THE DIGITAL AGE

Technology extends the reach of individuals, organizations, and governments beyond borders, posing one of the greatest legal challenges in the Digital Age. A single action on the Internet can have consequences far beyond where the actor resides—stealing an identity, subverting an election, threatening a public utility—raising questions about what laws, and what governing bodies, will protect victims and punish those that harm them through technology. This course will examine the obstacles to enacting and enforcing laws to govern cyberspace and the real world when developing technologies create challenges to the lawful authority of governments to regulate technology.
Seminar In Tech Law

As the world evolves through technology, the law must evolve as well. This course requires students to focus upon a single emergent technology—such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, or some other technology of each student’s choosing—and explore existing and anticipated legal issues associated with the technology. Students will be expected to research and to write about these issues, discussing the existing laws that may apply to that technology and to propose prospective remedies for any legal problems that the technology may cause that current laws or regulations do not cover.