Come to the “SITIE” of Seattle!

Innovate Your Summer in the "SITIE" of Seattle!

This is an open letter to all my Ms. JD law school colleagues.  I would like to invite you to enroll in Seattle University School of Law’s Summer Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (SITIE), in Seattle, Washington.

As one of the student co-founders of the forthcoming Seattle Journal of Technology, Environmental & Innovation Law, and a past student of the Immersion Course, I am excited to help spread the word about a new academic collaboration between the law school and attorneys at many of Seattle’s most cutting-edge technology companies, including Microsoft, The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Expedia, and many more.

We are a respected and innovative academic institution in the heart of Seattle focused on technology and law, and our instructors and guest speakers for the summer institute will include practicing attorneys, in-house counsel from leading tech companies, and an experienced blend of law professors.  The SITIE institute offers a unique, dynamic educational and networking experience like none other.  

Why Should You Attend?

Besides earning transferable law school credits, you are:

Keeping abreast of current and developing legal issues.  With world-class lecturers on technology and law, you’ll learn the very latest on emerging issues, and will have access to thought leaders in the Seattle area.  

Making valuable connections.  The new connections and perspectives you’ll gain from learning from any combination of the five institute courses which will be taught by legal experts, drawn from our full-time faculty, visiting faculty, and leading legal practitioners in technology-specific areas, will last for years. 

Sharing insights with other students.  You can bring back what you learn and educate others.

Developing new knowledge and skills.  The 2019 SITIE institute will focus around these legal courses:

  • Immersion Course: Lawyering for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (offered the last week of May)
  • Artificial Intelligence Law: Practice and Theory (offered during June 2019)
  • Counseling Startups: Law, Regulation and Fundraising (offered during June 2019)
  • General Counsel: Lawyering within an Organization (offered during June 2019)
  • Innovating the Built Environment: How the Law Responds to Disruptive Change (offered during June 2019)

It’s open to any current law students.  The five summer 2019 institute courses are open to students in good standing currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school.

For a detailed course list, schedule, and credit allocation, please see our informational page here.

My Experience

As a past student of the Immersion Course: Lawyering for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (taught by Steven Tapia and Steven Bender), I gained valuable experience in the start-up world by learning from and connecting with successful experts and businesses.  I got to learn first-hand how lawyers can add value in an entrepreneurial setting.

While we spent part of the course in the classroom studying legal ethics, business law, intellectual property, and the role of lawyers in the corporate environment, the class also spent much of the time on-site at some of Seattle's leading innovation hubs — including Microsoft and other Seattle-area businesses working and learning from their general counsel.  This opportunity allowed me to connect with successful, innovative, and entrepreneurial lawyers and business executives.  It is no surprise that I am now loving my new role as a legal intern at Smartsheet, a successful Seattle start-up which went public last year.  

I hope you will consider sharing this opportunity with other students at your school and in your networks, and to feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  I look forward to seeing you in Seattle this summer!

Kind regards,



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