Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law

Blockchain technology is poised to disrupt virtually every industry on a global scale in ways neither rivaled nor contemplated since the advent of the internet.

Blockchain technology is transparent, immutable, and borderless. At its core, a blockchain involves the novel combination of the internet and existing encrypted, peer-to-peer technology to organize transnational information in a digital database that is verified and maintained by a network of computers instead of a centralized intermediary.

Get ahead of the competition and position yourself to be part of the innovative wave of blockchain disruption.

Enroll today in the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s first-of-its-kind blockchain and cryptocurrency certificate program for professionals from business, emerging technology,  finance, banking, and legal industries.

The University of New Hampshire School of Law has been a Top-10 ranked intellectual property (IP) program ever since U.S. News & World Report began ranking IP programs 28 years ago. Now, we are proud to pioneer the study of the next frontier of IP innovation: blockchain.

UNH Law’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and blockchain law expert, Professor Tonya M. Evans, has teamed up with world renowned faculty and guest lecturers to develop this Certificate, designed to deliver a world-class educational immersion experience—that you can do online, on your own schedule! Past guests include: SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce, former US Mint Chair Ed Moy, author and researcher Mike Casey, developer Vlad Zamfir, Bermudan Premier David Burt. Fall 2019 guests include Cailtin Long and Sandra Ro, as well as returning guests.

Our flexible, online program is designed for working professionals, including practicing lawyers (including in-house counsel), blockchain startups and “blockchain-adjacent” entrepreneurs and executives who provide services (ex: legal, financial, marketing) in the industry, industry professionals, lawmakers, and regulators (including New Hampshire legislators), and anyone interested in securing a solid foundation in the legal implications of this essential, emerging technology. B.A. is required. You do not need to apply to law school or have a legal or technical background.

Program Benefits

  • Gain pertinent and flexible training from a world-class intellectual property and innovation law program at a Top 100 law school and internationally renowned blockchain experts to help expand your professional impact and career growth potential.
  • Acquire insight into blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, decentralized applications and smart contracts, as well as the legal implications of this emerging, disruptive global technology.
  • Explore how to address the legal implications of blockchain’s distributed ledger technology, cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoin, Ethereum etc.), smart contracts, and decentralized applications (a/k/a dApps).
  • Get direct access to leading blockchain, cryptocurrency, and legal experts focused on empowering professionals to implement strategies to impact the legal landscapes of government, payment systems, intellectual property, regulation, and civil and criminal liability.
  • Discover in-depth knowledge to better understand both the import and impact of cryptocurrencies on the financial, political, social, and economic sectors of both developed and emerging societies, how to use tokens as a self-funding mechanism for projects within the crypto economy, a means of creating utility for a project, and, more broadly, the economic activity surrounding the issuance of tokens, the intellectual property implications of blockchain technology, and exploring various governmental use cases to address and solve for a host of public sector problems.

Program Features

  • 100% online (no residency required)
  • Asynchronous courses (video lectures and coursework completed on your schedule)
  • Complete full certificate in one year (or longer if you choose)
  • Fall and spring starts
  • Industry-leading blockchain and cryptoassets faculty
  • Earn a single-course badge by completing “Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and Law – Semester 1”
  • Earn full certificate by completing both “Semester 1” and “Semester 2”

Cost

  • 2-semester Full Certificate cost: $3,995 (Flexible payment options available)
  • Single-semester Badge cost: $2,495 (Flexible payment options available)

Start Date

The next term starts in fall 2019. Please sign up using the form to stay in touch about summer and fall start dates.

Courses

  • Term 1: Introduction to Blockchain and the Law – Semester 1
    • This course provides participants with an overview of the core characteristics of blockchains, distributed ledger systems and cryptographic assets. Students will learn the history of Bitcoin and its role in disrupting the financial industry. Further, they will be able to distinguish between different types of blockchains and crypto assets, understand the purpose and application of smart contracts and decentralized applications, learn the interrelationship between blockchain and AI, ML and IP, and understand the privacy, security and ethical concerns triggered by blockchain technology.
  • Term 2: Advanced Topics in Blockchain Law – Semester 2
    • The second semester provides students the opportunity for an advanced exploration of topics, including industry-specific applications in greater depth and breadth.
      • Tokenomics and Cryptocurrency Regulation (3 modules)
      • Cryptoeconomics and Blockchain Governance (3 modules)
      • Data Privacy & Security (3 modules)
      • Smart Government (2 modules)
      • Blockchain for Social Impact (2 modules)
      • Ethics of Distributed Systems in Healthcare (1 module)

Faculty and Adjunct Professors

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Contact

Tonya M. Evans
Professor of Law
Chair, IP & Technology Online Programs
Email: blockchain.certificate@law.unh.edu
Phone: (603) 945-1802