2023 Fall - CML3316FB - Technology Law Internship (Class Number: 3003)

CA Internet Pol. Clinic/CIPPIC

(Registration by selection only)

Professor(s): David Fewer
Language: English
Units: 3
Level: Upper year

Class Schedule

2023 Fall
(September 06 - December 06)
STGTue 11:30 - 12:50


The CIPPIC internship offers students an opportunity to work with experienced lawyers on real-life, cutting-edge legal issues arising from the use of new technologies. CIPPIC is engaged in high level advocacy and policy work related to a wide range of technology law issues including privacy, free expression, intellectual property rights, data governance, and algorithmic accountability. Clinic work involves research, policy analysis, strategy development, and drafting of legal and policy documents, all from a public interest perspective. Typical clinical projects include:

• submissions on government policy consultations and policy/law reform initiatives;
• development of public education materials for the CIPPIC website or for community groups;
• research and policy papers designed to influence public policy;
• interventions in precedent-setting court cases; and
• provision of legal advice to clients on issues involving privacy, copyright, domain name disputes, consumer rights, and other issues arising from new technologies.

Interns are selected on the basis of academic and extracurricular achievement, demonstrated skills and interest.

Students are expected to spend a minimum of 120 hours on their clinical work, per term. Preference is given to students who commit to two terms (i.e., 6 credits) of clinical work. The second term can be a graded directed research project if arranged with one of the CIPPIC instructors.

Due to Covid-19, we anticipate that the CIPPIC internship will operate virtually throughout the entire 2020-21 academic year.

Application process:

Deadline to apply:
• Fall term: August 1
• January term: November 1
• Winter term: January 4
Students might be accepted after the above deadlines, depending on potential remaining available spaces.

To be considered for an internship, the following should be submitted to Vivek Krishnamurthy (vkrishn2@uottawa.ca):
- A covering letter outlining public interest and technology law interest and experience
- Curriculum vitae including e-mail contact information
- Unofficial transcripts
- A writing sample of your choice

Students accepted for CIPPIC internships will be directed to the Common Law Student Centre in order to process the formal enrollment.

Teaching Method:


Additional information on the teaching method delivered in this class:

Internship: mix of individual supervision, small group training, tutorials, and case rounds—all occurring via group collaboration technologies.

Additional Requirements or Recommendations:

Prerequisite(s): none, but preference is given to students who have completed at least one technology law course (e.g., intellectual property, internet law, e-commerce, privacy).

Method of Evaluation


Other Type of Evaluation:

Satisfactory with Distinction / Satisfactory / Non-Satisfactory grading.
Evaluation is based on the extent and quality of work done, professionalism and responsibility displayed, and participation in clinic activities.


Final Exams:

Exam type: None

Exam duration:


Method of evaluation for graduate students:

Satisfactory with Distinction / Satisfactory / Non-Satisfactory
Evaluation is based on the extent and quality of work done, professionalism and responsibility displayed, and participation in clinic activities. Graduate student work expectations are commensurately higher than for undergraduate student work.