Technology Law Internship

The technology law internship offers students the opportunity to spend one day per week in-house in a technology law environment. It is offered in all three semesters: fall, January, and winter. The internship is mandatory for technology law LL.M. students and J.D. students with a concentration in law and technology.  Students are assigned a supervisor and required to maintain a log of their experience and to provide sample work.

This course provides students with the opportunity to spend one day per week in a technology law environment. Through readings, observation, and work assignments, students will gain insight into daily practice and policy issues for lawyers working in the technology law field.  Work will be completed under the direction of a supervising attorney and may include research projects as well as day-to-day contributions.  Students will be required to maintain a log of their experience and submit it to Professor Geist along with any major research projects completed during the semester (subject to confidentiality restrictions). Students will receive a pass/fail grade at the end of the course based on the comments of their placement supervisor and the quality of the work submitted.  Applicants must have completed at least one technology law course (including any Intellectual Property or Internet law course) prior to enrolment. To be considered for an internship, the following should be submitted to Professor Geist via hard copy or e-mail (

  1. Statement outlining technology law interest and experience
  1. Curriculum vitae including e-mail contact information
  1. Law School transcript

The submission deadline for consideration varies by semester – please consult the course calenar.  Please note that once selected for the internship, participation is mandatory.  Students selected for the internship will be supplied with a list of the participating placements and asked to rank the placements in order of preference

Since 2003, over 250 students have participated in the internship program. While actual placements vary by semester, past placements have included:


Canadian Heritage

Industry Canada


Copyright Board of Canada

Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Ontario Privacy Commissioner

British Columbia Privacy Commissioner

Canadian Intellectual Property Office


Public Interest Advocacy Centre

Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Alberta Civil Liberties Association

Center for Democracy and Technology

Law Firms



Ridout & Maybee

Borden Ladner Gervais

Stikeman & Elliott

Fasken Martineau











Technology Transfer and Business Enterprise

Institute for Science, Society & Policy