The University of Maine School of Law has a broad curriculum with courses available in a wide range of areas. The Information Privacy Track for L.L.M. students is designed to prepare students for careers in the fast-growing fields of information privacy and cybersecurity. Maine Law is one of the few law schools that offers this cutting-edge specialization to L.L.M. students.

Faculty

Faculty and experts involved in the Certificate Program include Director Jennifer Wriggins, Peter Guffin, Christine Davik, and Rita Heimes.

The Information Privacy Track is open to current LL.M. students.The required coursework is:

  1. Completion of the Information Privacy Law course:
    3 credits
    This course is an introduction to privacy law. The course will place privacy within a social and legal context and will investigate the complex mesh of legal structures and institutions that govern privacy at state, national, and international levels. Students will be taught how to critically analyze privacy problems and make observations about sources of law and their interpretation. Students will be provided with the technological details needed to explore information security and management issues.Information Privacy Law must be taken on a graded basis to receive the Certificate.
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  3. Completion of the Summer Information Privacy Institute (6 credits, 2 of which must be for Global Privacy Law)
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  5. Completion of the Introduction to U.S. Law course (required for all foreign LL.M. students):
    3 credits
    This course is intended to introduce foreign-trained lawyers and law students to the American legal system. The American legal system is different in many significant respects from the civil law system which developed in continental Europe and then spread to large parts of Latin America, Asia, and Africa. The principal goals of the course are to introduce students to the way that Americans think about law, to learn how American lawyers and judges perform legal tasks (like legal analysis, legal argumentation, finding and using legal authority, etc.), and to understand the role that law and lawyers play in the American economy and public life.Students will learn about the American legal system by reading landmark cases in different areas of public and private law ( e.g., Marbury v. Madison, Erie v. Tompkins, Brown v. Board of Education, Pierson v. Post, Palsgraf v. The Long Island Railroad Company) and canonical legal documents ( e.g., the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution) and texts ( e.g., The Federalist Papers, Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, Holmes’ The Path of the Law). Students will do a number of writing assignments that replicate the work of the American law student and lawyer (e.g., memorandum of law, opinion letter to client).

    The course will also feature visits to a law firm and to courts to observe the actual practice and application of the law. Since the course is intended for foreign students, for almost all of whom English is not their native language, considerable emphasis will be placed on improving English-language skills, particularly reading English-language legal materials (cases, statutes, law review articles, and other types of legal documents) as well as written and oral expression in a legal context.

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  7. Three credits from a list of elective courses:
    3 creditsThis course examines the nature of the rights protected under federal copyright law and the types of work that qualify for protection, including literary, artistic, and musical works. This course also covers copyright duration, ownership, formalities, remedies for infringement, and principles of international protection. The Copyright Act of 1976 as amended forms the core statutory material covered by the course.
    3 creditsThis course will focus on the investigative phase of criminal proceedings. We will examine the law that governs police conduct, including search and seizure, arrest and interrogation of suspects. The class will emphasize the interplay between abstract constitutional principles as interpreted by the courts and law enforcement on the street.
    1 credit

    This course presents a survey of the driving forces revolutionizing the practice of law, examines the impact of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and IBM Watson on legal search strategies, evaluates the growing threat from cyber terrorism, and highlights the changing employment landscape for practicing attorneys.

    It is said that there are two kinds of companies today; those know they have been hacked, and those that do not know (yet).   98% of all data are now created electronically, in the form of social media, big data, new communication forms that can create, and destroy, messages in seconds, and monitoring software that collects, synthesizes, reports, and stores an unimaginable volume and type of data about a company, its employees, their activities, intellectual property, business processes, and client data.   An increasing number of actors want access to that data, including government agencies, regulatory bodies, international policing institutions, audit committees, marketing organizations, outside counsel, opposing counsel and hackers, state sponsored or otherwise. Companies (small, mid- size and large) are turning to machine learning, artificial intelligence and related technologies to monetize data and capture it for compliance needs, research and development, and driving efficiencies across all business units.  Newly minted attorneys must develop real world capabilities to confront the fast pace of technology apparent in nearly every aspect of business operations and growth.  Some of the subjects examined will be ediscovery and cybersecurity practices, lawyers’ ethical obligations vis-a-vis electronic data, changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to take into account electronically stored information, and advising clients in this environment.

    3 credits

    The course examines the goals of the US health care system, which is designed to provide high-quality, affordable and accessible health care. We will explore the regulation of health care professionals and institutions. The course will also discuss the contract, tort, and administrative law issues that come up in cases of informed consent, liability, malpractice, and end-of-life care. The course will also examine legal efforts to make health care affordable and accessible. We will study the regulation of both public and private insurance systems and use basic insurance principles to explore this area of law. Health law is complex for many reasons, including because it involves the interactions of state and federal statutes (and regulations) with longstanding principles of contract and tort law. The intersections between state and federal statutes and policies are also challenging. The 2010 Affordable Care Act will of course be a focus of the course.

    3 creditsThis course focuses on the essential role of insurance as an institution in the United States. Substantively, the course focuses on insurance contract interpretation, regulation, and various types of insurance including liability, health, life, and disability insurance. The course will deal with both theoretical issues involving the law and policy of insurance, and with practical issues such as how to read insurance contracts. The role of insurance in litigation will receive particular emphasis.
    This course is designed to develop students’ practical research, analytical, writing and oral presentation and communication skills using real world problems in the information privacy and cybersecurity areas.  A significant part of the learning relies on students assuming the roles of lawyers and performing law-related tasks in hypothetical situations.  The goal is to give students the chance to integrate legal theory, practical skills and ethics while engaging in a number of professional skills in a classroom setting.

    Case studies will be drawn from various real world matters and will form the basis for a number of different student exercises which will conducted in class or prepared by students out of class.  The exercises will focus on key areas of practice in this area.  By way of example, such exercises might focus on the following topics:

    Privacy impact assessments – providing advice with respect to when and how to use them, how to go about completing them, and how to utilize the results of the assessment, including action steps to take based on the assessment.

    Commercial transactions between parties involving the transfer and handling of personal information – drafting and negotiating contract provisions (from the perspective of both parties) that address privacy and data security concerns and the related regulatory and other risks associated with handling personal information.

    Data breach notification – providing end to end advice to a business that is the victim of a data breach, beginning with the initial notification of the security incident, working with the IT and forensics teams to figure out what happened and how to contain the incident, determining whether there are any breach notification obligations, crafting the breach notification letter, responding to regulatory inquiries and enforcement actions, crafting notice of claim to insurance carriers of third party providers that may be at fault, pursuing insurance claims, defending and bringing litigations, and negotiating resolution of such claims and disputes.

    Information Privacy Law (Law 777) is a prerequisite for this course.

    2 or 3 credits

    This seminar will cover a variety of issues related to the protection of intellectual property on a worldwide basis.  Topics to be covered include (1) the extraterritorial protection of intellectual property rights, including the concept of globalization; (2) international mechanisms for the acquisition of intellectual property rights; (3) international enforcement of intellectual property rights by rights holders, including parallel imports and gray market goods; (4) disputes between states; and (5) the future of international intellectual property law and policy, in particular issues related to domain names and Internet websites.

    2 or 3 credits

    This course provides a broad survey of the numerous issues arising from the rapid growth of the Internet and other online communications.  We will explore whether the application of existing legal rules to new technologies is appropriate or if completely novel approaches are necessary when dealing with problems that arise in cyberspace.  Topics to be examined include jurisdiction, the domain name system, regulation of online service providers and digital content creators, freedom of speech, as well as privacy.

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester.