The Indiana University Maurer School of Law has signed an agreement with the Oxford Internet Institute, a department of the University of Oxford, creating a new program that will allow students to earn a certification in information law and policy from the British university and a Master of Laws degree from IU Maurer School of Law.
Aimed primarily at international students, the new program will give students with an American law degree or non-U.S. equivalency the opportunity to take 14 to 16 credit hours of existing regular law courses in the broad area of information and intellectual property law.
Students admitted to the program will spend the fall semester in Bloomington and the spring term at Oxford, where they will take specialized courses and complete a 10,000-word thesis. The thesis provides students the opportunity to apply the methods and approaches covered during their coursework and carry out a substantive piece of academic research on an information law and policy-related topic of their choice.
Students who complete 24 credit hours from IU or the equivalent and an acceptable thesis will receive a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the IU Maurer School of Law and a Certificate in Information Law and Policy from the OII.
A faculty member from the Bloomington law school will spend most, if not all, of the spring semester in Oxford overseeing the students' work. Students are expected to complete the program within one year.
Distinguished Professor Fred H. Cate, who directs IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and Oxford’s Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, professor of Internet governance and regulation, will lead the program, which has an initial term of three years beginning in the fall of 2012.
In 2001, the University of Oxford founded the OII as a department for the study of the societal implications of the Internet. The Institute's faculty members are engaged in a variety of research projects covering social, economic, political, legal, technical and ethical issues of the Internet in everyday life.