Technology Commercialization Law Program (TCLP)

At Syracuse University College of Law you can specialize in a law degree that prepares you for a career in the high-demand field of bringing new technologies to market. Take ideas from the drawing board to the world.

Here's what you'll study

Commercialization of innovative technologies can create good jobs, new wealth for those involved, and economic prosperity for the broader economy. But the journey from idea to marketable product is a complex one with many pitfalls. Navigating it successfully requires knowing not just the law, but how to apply the law to achieve real-world business goals.

Syracuse Law’s Technology Commercialization Law Program provides an interdisciplinary and applied approach to the study of the commercial development of new technologies. The program combines classroom courses, case-study problem-solving, negotiation and drafting exercises, and applied research projects. Opportunities for financial support are available through scholarships and paid internships.

Here are some of the challenging subjects that you’ll study

Hear from our director and alumni about TCLP

Here are some of the possibilities

Each semester, students enrolled in the TCLP partner with entrepreneurs developing a technology for commercialization and perform an in-depth analysis of the relevant technical, business, and legal issues. This win-win formula provides students with a unique opportunity to study organic technologies and to work with senior technology managers, while providing client organizations with extremely useful research and analysis.

Students have conducted more than 100 research projects on behalf of universities, federal research laboratories, technology development organizations, and businesses, including both established companies and start-ups. The leading-edge technologies they’ve analyzed have included purification of DNA samples, nanoscale electronics, data visualization systems, silicon membrane filters, biological wound dressings and implantable glucose monitors.

The Technology Commercialization Law program provides students an opportunity to think about the law in a real-life context, by learning about the technology and the business that surrounds the technology. The program helps develop lawyers who understand the business goals of a transaction, who facilitate innovation, and who understand how the law can be used in creative ways to advance a client’s objective.

In 2012, all graduates from our program had jobs out of school. Our graduates have found jobs in law firms, technology companies, universities, research labs and government. And they’ve all advanced their careers through the work they’ve done here.

Here’s someone you might learn from

Here’s what our grads think about the program

Here's where you'll spend a lot of your time

There are significant advantages to tackling your law degree in an environment that’s integrated with a major university. Here are some of the places you’ll be spending your time as you pursue your studies. In your spare time? Well, there’s plenty of excitement to find here as well.

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Syracuse University New Technology Law Center: Home of Technology Commercialization Research Center for commercial development of early-stage technologies. Designated statewide as the New York State Science and Technology Law Center.