Santa Clara Law’s Tech Edge JD program was profiled in LexBlog. The Tech Edge JD program just graduated its first cohort in May 2021, and is an innovation in law school education that attempts to change the return on investment in legal education by providing graduates with essential legal, technology, and business skills required of tech lawyers in Silicon Valley. Graduates of the program are able to hit the ground running in their first job placement as compared to their peers who graduated from a more traditional legal education.

“Before arriving on campus for the Tech Edge JD orientation, I had assumed I was going to be a patent prosecution attorney, since that was the career path that pattern-matched with my undergraduate technical degree. We met so many different attorneys on that first day of orientation, doing things that I never could have imagined. It really opened my eyes to the variety of jobs available to a JD with a technical background.”

Nancy Attalla, Tech Edge JD ’21 graduate


Laura Norris

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Clinical Professor; Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute; Director, Entrepreneurs' Law Clinic; Director, Tech Edge J.D. Program; Faculty Advisor, ChIPs Women in Tech Law at SCU

Eric Goldman

Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Law and Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute