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2021 Technology and Law Academy

Presented by DIA and the University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS)

Academy Objectives

  • Immerse a small group of lawyers and technologists in a six-week high-intensity course that presents the substantive and legal dimensions of the most critical technologies in the national security realm, including cybersecurity, Al and machine learning, telecommunications, Internet exploitation, and Space.
  • Empower lawyers to meaningfully support their clients' efforts to develop and procure cutting-edge IT tools.
  • Give technologists the knowledge and perspective to work collaboratively with lawyers to design optimized solutions to modern IT challenges.


Due to constraints relating to the COVID-19 public health crisis, initial TLA courses will be held online, with a condensed and unclassified curriculum but maintaining access to instructors from across technology, security, and legal communities.

Future courses will be conducted as in-person within the secure ARLIS facility to enable classified presentations, discussion, and student research, or potentially as a hybrid online/in-person model. We anticipate the initial fully in-person course will be offered in Summer 2021.


TLA will be open to participants from government, industry, and academia. It is critical for these three communities to interact effectively to address the legal and operational challenges presented by new technologies.


To be enrolled in the course, you must register with the University of Maryland (UMD) as a non-degree seeking studentThe deadline for non-degree seeking student applications is TBD.  Prospective students can submit their applications for the program now through the UMD graduate school application process.


ARLIS is a Department of Defense University-Affiliated Research Center for advanced research and development in intelligence and security. Located in College Park, Maryland, ARLIS is dedicated to supporting DoD and Intelligence Community missions by bringing together academic experts, leading practitioners, and industry innovators to confront the nation's most critical national security challenges.


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