Internet Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 34/50
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MW
  • 0830-0950
  • SL262
01/23/2023 04/26/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course introduces students to various topics within the broader field of internet law. Although the internet has become central to many aspects of both public and private life, no single body of law comprehensively regulates the internet in the United States. Instead, internet policy borrows from and presents unique challenges in many doctrinal areas that pre-date the internet, including telecommunications, jurisdiction, trespass, fraud, intellectual property, torts, privacy, and speech. This course will explore evolving approaches in these areas as well as internet-specific legislation around domain names, content moderation, spam, and social media. The objective of the course is to analyze these legal developments in their technical, historical, and international contexts. Technical knowledge is not required, but the course will provide a basic overview of various foundational internet technologies, including networking, domain names, and encryption, so that students from all backgrounds can better understand current internet policy debates.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: Eric Goldman / Internet Law: Cases and Materials
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM