Specialize in Law & Technology

We offer one of the strongest Law and Technology programs in the country. With ubiquitous computing and online connectivity, advances in biotechnology, big data storage and search, and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain, questions of law, technology, policy, ethics, and society are of increasing importance and public concern. Our program is designed to prepare law students for technologies of today and tomorrow, with a variety of courses engaging with and thinking critically about issues and problems at the intersections of law, technology, and society.

The Program is anchored by the Law and Technology Institute—founded to promote scholarly legal research and advance knowledge in technology law. LATI was among the first such research centers in the country; our flagship publication the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology. The CJLT is Canada’s leading technology law journal, with significant impact, currency, and citation scores ranking it 8th over all among Canadian law journals, and 3rd overall internationally among all science and technology law journals outside the United States.

Students interested in registering for the Law and Technology Certificate must download and complete the form and then send it to lawandtech@dal.ca as early as possible and ideally at the start of second year.


JD students are able to earn a certificate in Law and Technology. The specialization will be recognized on their transcript. To specialize, a student must take:

Core Courses:

 Elective Classes:

All electives offered as part of the Law and Technology Certificate build on the knowledge and skills acquired in either one of the two core courses: law and technology, and intellectual property law (LAWS 2019 and LAWS 2178 respectively). Students will be required to take at least one elective in each of the two baskets, i.e. Law and Technology, and Intellectual Property Law.

Basket 1 - Law and Technology

Basket 2 - Intellectual Property Law

Other major paper courses may also serve as electives towards the specialization, if the paper topic is approved by the Director of the Law and Technology Institute, who serves as the Director of the Law and Technology Specialization program.

Students should also check the courses listed on the Law School web page as it sometimes includes new courses approved after the calendar deadline.

Students interested in registering for the Law and Technology Certificate must contact the Director of the Law and Technology Institute as early as possible and ideally at the end of first year.

Graduate program

Master of Electronic Commerce (MEC)

Dalhousie University's Master of Electronic Commerce is the first of its kind in Canada. This well-established program features the collaboration of three faculties to provide a cutting edge education in legal, management and computing concepts. It blends coursework, research, and business experience to offer a commanding overview of eBusiness. Learn more about Dal's MEC program.