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2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
    
 
  Dec 08, 2022
 
2021-2022 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Law - Intellectual Property, Technology & Innovation Law


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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.

Students may pursue this concentration by taking foundational courses in intellectual property law, 5-6 credits of electives, and 4-6 skills-based credits.

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 (1 credit)
  • Cardozo/BMI Moot Court Competition (1 credit)
  • Externships with government agencies or other organizations that focus on intellectual property and/or technology law, practice, and/or policy (4 credits)
  • Semester in DC externship with a focus on intellectual property and/or technology law, practice, and/or  policy (13 credits)

Note


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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