In addition to the traditional menu of property, torts and contracts, 1Ls at University of Chicago Law School will also be digesting technology law next September. Starting next academic year, a one quarter course entitled Technology Innovation and Society will be added to the requirement for first year students. In order to make room for the new course, Criminal Law will be shortened from two quarters to one — a move that has drawn fire from both students and faculty.

This is the first time in forty years that Chicago is changing its curriculum for 1Ls, according to Dean Daniel Fischel. Chicago decided to become the first major law school to adopt such a requirement because technology is fundamentally changing the way law is practiced, Fischel said.

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