Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC)

The Future Is Just A CLIC Away ...

The Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) combines the study of innovation and creativity with Northeastern University School of Law’s social justice mission.

CLIC is a unique environment attracting diverse scholars, lawyers, students, creators, innovators, start-up ventures and established companies to study the regulation of intellectual property and technology with the aim of promoting progress.

Faculty affiliated with CLIC teach courses and conduct research in information security, privacy regulation, entertainment and media law, intellectual property, internet and e-commerce, lawyering and entrepreneurship, and creative communities. Through the School of Law’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program, CLIC provides guidance to students who seek internships with clients and organizations that are navigating the dynamic world of technology regulation, creative and scientific development, privacy, security and entrepreneurship.

Northeastern's intellectual property program was awarded an “A” in the fall 2020 issue of preLaw magazine. The magazine takes into account a law school's breadth of curricular offerings when compiling the rankings. Northeastern Law has also been ranked as a Tier 1 “Privacy School” by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

CLIC aims to have a public impact through its research, teaching, program development and partnerships.

Featured News Highlights

Professor Woodrow Hartzog Appointed to Facial Recognition Technology Commission
Professor Woodrow Hartzog, an internationally recognized expert in the area of privacy, media and robotics law, has been appointed to a special legislative Commission on Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology.

Created by Massachusetts bill S.2963 and signed into law by Governor Charlie Baker on December 31, 2020, the commission is charged with conducting a study of facial recognition’s use in the commonwealth and making policy recommendations. The 22 person commission is comprised of representatives from the private sector, government, civil liberties organizations, law enforcement and academia.
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Professor Ari Waldman, Director of the Center for Law, Information and Technology, Named to Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York’s Courts
Professor Ari Waldman has been appointed by New York Chief Judge Janet DiFiore to a new commission charged with examining the enhanced use of technology and online platforms, among other innovations, and making recommendations to improve the delivery and quality of justice services, facilitate access to justice and better equip the New York state court system to keep pace with society’s rapidly evolving changes.
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CLIC: Advancing Racial and Health Equity Through the Arts

Tier 1
The Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity (CLIC) at Northeastern University School of Law is part of a team that recently received a Northeastern University TIER 1 Award, which provides support for interdisciplinary research, seeking to stimulate exciting and innovative directions and increase the competitiveness of external proposals.
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Kara SwansonProfessor Swanson Named 2020 Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow
Professor Kara Swanson has been named as the 2020 Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellow by the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. While in residence at the Lemelson Center in early 2021, she will work on her project, “Inventing Citizens: Race, Gender, and Patents.”
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CLIC’S On-Campus Collaborators:


For more information, contact:

Professor Ari Waldman
Faculty Director


Affiliated Courses

Select courses in intellectual property include:

Branding Law and Practice
Creative & Innovative Economies: IP, Community Development, Sustainable Business Practice
Copyright Law
Information Security Law
Internet Law
Entertainment Law
Global AIDS Policy Seminar
Intellectual Property
IP CO-LAB (Intellectual Property Law Clinic)
Intellectual Property Transactions Practice
Law Practice Technology and the Legal Profession
Patent Law
Trademark Law


Contact Us

TELEPHONE 617.373.2683
416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
STAFF DIRECTORY Professor Ari Waldman
Faculty Director
Twitter: @ariezrawaldman