2023-2024 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technology Law and Entrepreneurship, CAS

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Program Description

The Certificate of Advanced Study in Technology Law & Entrepreneurship (CASTLE) is offered collaboratively by Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and College of Law and will be offered to enrolled Syracuse University students. CASTLE integrates business, entrepreneurship and law leading to a transdisciplinary approach to technology entrepreneurship and commercialization. Students who complete this certificate will have a strong understanding of the market, legal, regulatory and practical approaches to technology entrepreneurship and commercialization. This includes an understanding of how to evaluate the commercial feasibility of an opportunity (e.g., market demand, competition, go-to-market strategy), its financial implications, and the legal (e.g., intellectual property, regulatory) challenges of going to market. There is a strong applied focus in this program, including experiential learning throughout and involving collaboration with industry partners, especially in the medical device and emerging technologies sectors. After completing this certificate, students will be prepared to engage in technology commercialization processes, such as with a technology transfer office, as an independent entrepreneur, or with new technological product development within an existing business.


CASTLE is open to all matriculated Law students, MBA students, masters and doctoral candidates across all colleges at Syracuse University, and consistent with other CAS across the University, professional level students from the SUNY ESF and Upstate institutions, as well as other students whose interests align with the academic goals and obligations of the program.

Students will be required to submit an application sheet, resume, statement of interest/goals, and transcript to be accepted into the CASTLE program; this application is designed to ensure that students are committed to the program.


Whitman School of Management: Alexander McKelvie (mckelvie@syr.edu)

College of Law: Brian Gerling (bjgerlin@syr.edu)

Required courses (6-9 credits)

CASTLE students are required to take at least 6 credits of EEE620 Foundations of Entrepreneurship (as their cornerstone course) and LAW815 (as their capstone course). Matriculated Law students will normally pursue LAW815 course for 6 credits over two
semesters as part of their main program. This course can be successfully completed in one semester (3 credits) for other graduate level students.

Elective courses (6 credits)

CASTLE students can choose 6 credits from the electives below. Other courses can be considered on an individual basis based on how they help achieve programmatic goals.

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