Law 561A/B - Bitcoin, Blockchain, and the Future of Transactional Practice

Jason Oh

Jason Oh

Professor of Law
B.A., Harvard University, 2004
J.D., Harvard Law School, 2007
UCLA Faculty since 2012
Course Description:

Blockchain, the technology underpinning Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, is revolutionizing large parts of the economy and the government. Companies (like BMW) have recently turned to blockchain to better manage their supply chains. Governments have turned to blockchain to manage tasks ranging from large-scale construction projects to property databases. The key features of blockchain: security, redundancy, and decentralization mean that the use of blockchain will only expand. But blockchain has other features that can be leveraged for regulation: unforgettable audit trails and autoreconciliation. We will spend our sessions: (1) understanding blockchain technology, (2) exploring various applications, and (3) discussing the transactional, tax, and legal implications.

Dates, Times, and Expected Locations:    
Saturday, January 22, 6-8:30
Saturday, February 5, 6-8:30
Tuesday, February 19, 6-:8:30
Tuesday, March 2, 6-8:30
Tuesday, March 16, 6-8:30


Course Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this class, students will:

1. understand the basic technology of cryptocurrencies and blockchains&

2. be exposed to various legal regimes governing cryptocurrencies and blockchains (tax, security law, etc.);

3. understand policy issues raised by cryptocurencies and blockchains

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Jason Oh 19F 561A SEM 8 Unscheduled 0.5 No No
  Course meets 6:00pm - 8:30pm on 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/2, 3/16. Third year students have priority to enroll during first pass.
Jason Oh 20S 561B SEM 8 Unscheduled 0.5 No No
  Second part of a yearlong course. The Records Office will process enrollment for this course. Course meets 6:00pm - 8:30pm on 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/2, 3/16.