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What is the educational path I should take for a career in cyber law?


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Jason’s Answer

Assuming you want to be a lawyer and you're thinking of things like cyber-attacks or employees stealing data, I think having some technical background is important. You won't need a CS degree or anything, but it'll be very helpful if you have a pretty decent understanding of things like networking, encryption, and access controls. Basically, you want to make sure you can understand what you're looking at, but you don't need to be the technical expert.

You'll want to get very good grades so you can get into a good law school.

If, instead, you're thinking you'd like to be the technical expert rather than the lawyer, then you'd want to pursue a more technical degree. You could do this, work for a couple years, and then transition to law school if that's something you're interested in.

I understand, thank you! Sibel O.

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Jonathan’s Answer

Go to the best college you can get the best grades you can and get the best LSAT you can get.

Go to the best law school you can and get involved in everything you can that can get involved with at time permits.

After that go to the best law firm that does the work you want to do or even the best law Firm you can get into.

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Christina’s Answer

There are many aspects to cyber law that are related to other areas of law; for example criminal, contracts, IP, international, etc.. So there is likely not one set path; but the best path will be the one that keeps your interest and motivation in the area. For example, don't only look at one aspect of cyber law and decide you hate it-try a different related element and see if that suits you. I started working on cyber law based on contract & IP issues, I have always loved computers, but I do not have a CS-related degree. Nonetheless, to assist me in being an even better lawyer for my clients, I took coding and basic networking classes. I've had the privileged of working with various talented lawyer and non-attorney professionals who work in cyber law. All of them had a love of working with complex issues with the ability (and patience) to turn technical/engineer speak into English for non-technical people (& vice versa).

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DENNIS’s Answer

Hi Sibel: Interesting,,, probably the best course for you to follow would be to get an undergrad degree in computeer engineering. You need to understand computers and how they work so you can protect them! Law school admits anyone with good grades and good LSAT scores. and you will be fine. However, cyber security is a complex world. You will need to have advanced knowledge of computers, the internet and interstate and international law. So stay in school. Get good grades and have fun!

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