Starting in January, the first jointly developed courses will be offered that focus on the basics of high-tech entrepreneurship from both a scientific and legal perspective.
The law school will also offer a free legal clinic to early-stage startup companies and nonprofits.
But if the high-tech economy is going to really flourish, there needs to be lawyers who understand the high-tech space, and scientists and engineers need to understand the importance of protecting their inventions if they ever want to commercialize them.
"We think this is a great opportunity for the region," said Haldar, who also added the timing is perfect because the state's Start-Up NY tax-free program begins in January.
Andrews says she couldn't think of a better place or time to launch the programs, considering all that is emerging locally from the NanoCollege and the high-tech scene.
"It's the perfect time for us as lawyers," she said.
Students from the two schools will work on what's called a "Tech Transfer Practicum," in which students from both schools will try to take ideas generated at the NanoCollege to market, and law school students will also be provided job training at the
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