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2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  May 22, 2022
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Law - Intellectual Property, Technology & Innovation Law

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The School of Law is transitioning its longstanding Intellectual Property & Technology Law Certificate Program into a new Intellectual Property & Innovation Law Area of Concentration:

Students who were admitted with the Class of 2017 or earlier classes can choose to pursue either the Certificate or the Area of Concentration. Whichever choice a student makes, the student must register for, and complete the requirements of, the chosen program in order to have completion of that program reflected on their transcripts.

Students who are admitted with the Class of 2018 or later classes may only enroll in the Area of Concentration.

The Intellectual Property and Innovation Law Area of Concentration is designed to allow students to obtain a focused introduction to these bodies of law and practice while simultaneously getting a broad grounding in modern law practice generally.  No scientific or technical background is required to pursue the Area of Concentration or to practice law in any of the related fields, though students who wish to practice law as a patent prosecutor do need to have an engineering degree or other, similar technical qualification.

Certificate Requirements

All students must follow the JD degree requirements in order to graduate. To qualify for this concentration, students must have a minimum of 14 credits and meet the below course requirements.  In addition, students can opt to use one of the following as a Skills Component:

  • Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
  • Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition
  • Externships with government agencies or other organizations that focus on intellectual property and/or technology law, practice, and/or policy
  • Semester in DC externship with a focus on intellectual property and/or technology law, practice, and/or policy.


For detailed term-specific course descriptions, please go to the Schedule of Classes Course Lists on the Law School web site.

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