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Program in Law and Technology

Technology In Motion

See why the Program In Law & Technology is still setting the pace more than 25 years after it was started as one of the first programs of its kind.

Technology In Motion

See why the Program In Law & Technology is still setting the pace more than 25 years after it was started as one of the first programs of its kind.


Advances in computers, communications systems, electronics, and biotechnology occur at a breathtaking pace, and the Internet is having a revolutionary impact on commerce and entertainment. The faculty of the law school recognized early on the importance of many of these developments. In 1989, the University of Dayton School of Law committed itself to producing graduates who are well-versed in law and technology issues by creating the Program in Law and Technology (PILT).

The Program in Law and Technology is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in several areas: patent law, copyright and trademark law, business dimensions of intellectual property law (particularly the licensing of intellectual property), computer/cyberspace law, entertainment law and the impact of technology on the practice of law.

The School of Law offers more than a dozen courses in these areas. Students have a great opportunity to graduate with a well-rounded, cutting-edge education. They are well prepared to handle the legal issues involved in these ever-expanding areas of law.

In addition to courses, there are many opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular and co-curricular activities related to law and technology.

As PILT has developed over the last two decades, it has become internationally known, attracting a variety of distinguished visitors and speakers. The program also regularly sponsors advanced programs for practitioners and scholarly symposia. The scholarly symposia and the advanced programs for practitioners are open to law students, members of the legal community and law faculty and staff, to create a collegial atmosphere for dialogue, learning and networking.

PILT Students

The quality of the students in the program is noteworthy. Our students are hard working and highly motivated. They come from a variety of backgrounds, and many have worked professionally for a number of years before coming to law school.

There is no specific undergraduate background required for the program. Students in the program have undergraduate backgrounds in every conceivable major. These majors have included liberal arts (economics, English, history, journalism, mathematics, music, philosophy), social science (government, political science), science (biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology), engineering (aerospace, biomedical, ceramic, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical), business (accounting, finance, marketing, MIS), and others (computer science, prelaw). One aspect of patent law (patent prosecution) requires a background in science and engineering, yet other areas of patent practice do not require this background.

With the Internet playing such a significant role in and out of the courtroom, more and more employers need attorneys with an understanding of and an interest in the legal issues raised by this technology. The courses offered by the Program in Law and Technology prepare students for work in this area.

Program in Law and Technology Office

Dalindyebo Shabalala
Professor of Law and Director of the Program in Law and Technology


School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760