Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation is a public interest academic center at UC Hastings. The Center engages in academic research and education to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy. The Center’s mission is to identify and promote the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy.

Dedicated to promoting Data Driven Law Making, the Center seeks to empower regulators to make informed decisions using reliable and objective analysis. Importantly, the Center is developing a set of resources, skills, and knowledge applicable to other areas of the law. Research on legal issues that limit entrepreneurship is one part of a purpose driven initiative to study Data Driven Law Making. The Data Driven Law Making initiative is part of a greater effort by the Institute to support all aspects of innovation, legal and technical, at the intersection of the law and technology.

The Center’s work is comprised of both research initiatives and a classroom component. Administratively, the Center serves as the umbrella entity over two sub-programs: the Startup Legal Garage and the Privacy and Technology Project.


Startup Legal Garage: Research, Education, & Resources for the Startup Community
Through the Startup Legal Garage, we teach students to become partners in enterprise and more than just “the lawyer in the room.” A new approach to legal education, students bring their deals into the classroom, which allows faculty to harvest hypotheticals in real-time and bring the teaching of legal doctrine alive: an innovative education for an innovative community.

LexLab at UC Hastings Law is an innovation hub for emerging legal technologies. We are building three areas of focus: building a concentration/ certificate in law and technology for students; setting up an incubator for legal tech startups on campus, a space where our students and alumni can interact with entrepreneurs and provide support in various ways; and hosting regular large and small scale community events. Learn more at

The Privacy and Technology Project: Applied Research & Implementable Tools
The Privacy and Technology Project (Privacy Project) has adopted a technology oriented approach focused on developers: working on the technical side of the privacy equation, with technologists to develop tools with and for technologists. The Privacy Project’s initiatives include applied research to identify upcoming challenges posed by emerging technology; developing new legal and informative tools to support innovation, while protecting consumer privacy; and, operating as a knowledge and resource center for developers to stay abreast of changes in policy discussion and regulations.



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