Certificate in Media, Law and Technology

The Media, Law and Technology Certificate program gives students an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skill in the diverse legal subjects that are of concern in media law practice. These subjects range from censorship, libel, freedom of information and prejudicial pre-trial publicity to licensing of intellectual property, digital privacy rights, media liability insurance, electronic data collection, storage and transfer, and security of wireless and online communications.

Through the certificate program, students also have an opportunity to study how both traditional and new media affect the relationship between law and society.

The nation's media historically have had an important influence on the public's understanding of the legal system. Now, because of advancements in digital technology, media have expanded as an influence. No longer are media limited mainly to such print publications as newspapers and to radio and television broadcasting; media now range from mobile phones to social networks.

In news, as well as in advertising, film, literature and other forms of expression, the media have illuminated or scrutinized the work of lawyers, judges and legislators. By completing certificate requirements, students gain insight into media effects on legal practice, the judicial process, legislation, public policy, governmental affairs, and business and commerce.

Students should notify the registrar of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year. Students who earn the Juris Doctor degree will receive the certificate if they have met the requirements below.

Certificate Requirements


Digital Privacy Rights in an Open Society
Media and the First Amendment

At least three credits in one or any combination of the following:

  • Constitutional Topics*
  • Copyright Law and Digital Works
  • Intellectual Property
  • Introduction to Copyright in Literature and Artistic Works
  • Law and the Arts
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Practice
  • Special Topics*
  • The State and Religion
  • A graduate-level course* outside the School of Law approved in accordance with School policy.

A certificate candidate may apply to the certificate director to earn an additional three credits in courses listed above, as an alternative to completing either Media and the First Amendment or Digital Privacy Rights in an Open Society.


Either Media Law Clinic or at least three credits in one or any combination of the following:

  • Externship Clinic*
  • Independent Research*
  • Judicial Clinic
  • Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy II*
  • Kansas Supreme Court Research Clinic*
  • Law Review*
  • Legislative Clinic
  • Moot Court Competition*
  • Public Policy Clinic
  • Research Workshop*

Interest Areas

Courses listed below correspond to area of law that can be of particular interest to media lawyers.

At least three credits in one or any combination of the following:

  • Complex Litigation
  • Consumer Law
  • Contracts III
  • Contract Drafting
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • Sports Law
  • Torts II

At least three credits in one or any combination of the following:

  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Elections and Campaign Finance
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
  • Local Government Law
  • State Constitutional Law

Course descriptions

The certificate program director, subject to School of Law policies and procedures, may authorize course substitutions under certain conditions. For example, if a certificate candidate has completed an extra course in the category of Core, Writing or Interest Areas, that extra one may be substituted for a certificate course that the candidate needs but cannot take because of an unresolvable scheduling conflict.

* Enrollment for certificate credit is subject to approval by the certificate program director. The course must include coverage of the First Amendment, intellectual property, privacy or other subject within the scope of Media, Law and Technology.


Mike Kautsch
Professor of Law

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