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

Completion of:

Global Data Protection and Privacy Law
Intellectual Property
Media and the First Amendment

Supplements to Core
Completion of any two of the following:

  • Copyright Law in a Digital Age
  • Elections and Campaign Finance
  • Media Law Project
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Practice

Completion of the following:

  • First Amendment Advocacy or an approved alternate

A certificate candidate may request approval of an alternate experiential course if it relates to legal practice in the field of Media, Law and Technology. For example, a certificate candidate could request approval of a Field Placement with an organization that addresses First Amendment issues. Another example is Contract Drafting. As a simulation course, it could be completed by a candidate seeking to develop skills needed to prepare intellectual property licensing agreements. 

Interest Areas

Completion of any two of the following:

  • Administrative Law
  • Complex Litigation
  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Consumer Law
  • Contracts III
  • Employment Law
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
  • Local Government Law
  • State Constitutional Law

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, Supplements or Interest Areas, the extra one may be substituted for a Certificate course that the candidate needs but cannot take because of an unresolvable scheduling conflict. Also, a candidate may ask to count a course not listed in the category of Core, Supplements or Interest Areas if that course includes an opportunity to address a subject related to listed courses. For example, courses that are not listed but may include an opportunity to address media, First Amendment, privacy or intellectual property law issues include Constitutional Topics, Independent Research, Judicial Field Placement, Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy II, Law Review, Special Topics or Moot Court Competition. Another possibility could be enrollment in a graduate-level course outside the School of Law. Approval of such a course is subject to particular academic regulations.



Mike Kautsch
Professor Emeritus of Law