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Scholarship opportunity for law and technology joint degree students

October 26, 2020

The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) are pleased to announce the sixth year of the CTIC Interdisciplinary Scholarship Program, a competitive program that awards scholarships to JD students pursuing joint degrees in law and technology.

Each year the Law School and CTIC award $40,000 to up to three students to help offset tuition expenses for their additional year of study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science (Penn Engineering).

Current 1L and 2L students who intend to pursue the JD/MSE (Master of Science in Engineering) or the JD/MCIT (Master of Computer and Information Technology) or the JD/PhD at Penn Engineering are eligible to apply for a scholarship. The JD/MCIT and JD/MSE are four-year programs and students typically spend their first year at the Law School and their second or third year at Penn Engineering; during the other two years, they take classes at both schools.

“I’m grateful to CTIC for this scholarship and for providing further opportunities to do interesting work at the intersection of law and technology,” said Milad Emamian L’21 who was awarded CTIC Interdisciplinary Scholarship in 2019 and is currently pursuing a JD/MSE. 

Emamian graduated from the University of Maryland in 2014 with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a B.A. in Government and Politics, combining his interests in technology and the law. Those interests ultimately led him to the joint JD/MSE program at Penn.

“I’ve always had a foot in both camps,” he said. “In particular, once I learned about some of the issues that exist in intellectual property law, I thought it would be interesting to prepare myself to both do legal work and also build up some further subject matter expertise in a specific area: bioengineering.”

Applications for the scholarship will be accepted until Friday, March 20, 2021, from matriculating Law School students who applied or are applying to the MCIT or MSE programs for the November 15, 2020 or March 15, 2021 deadline.

Students selected for the program will also have the opportunity to work closely with CTIC faculty, who are renowned experts in intellectual property, Internet law, and technology policy. The CTIC Interdisciplinary Scholarship recipients contribute to CTIC’s mission of promoting foundational research that shapes and reshapes the way legislators, regulatory authorities, and scholars think about technology policy, intellectual property, privacy, and related fields.

Other recent recipients of the CTIC scholarship include Christina Chen L’20, Delaney Butler L’20, Teddi Josephson L’19, and Kelsey Matevish L’19, all of whom are pursuing or have pursued the JD/MCIT. 

Interested students should contact Amanda S. Aronoff, Director, Cross-Disciplinary Programs & Academic Options, at Applications will be reviewed by the CTIC Scholarship Program Committee and must include a statement of purpose and a copy of the student’s MCIT or MSE application.