Intellectual Property Concentration

Intellectual Property focuses on the legal aspects of protecting, producing and utilizing the products of innovation and creativity, which involves expertise in patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and similar topics. To earn a concentration in Intellectual Property, students must obtain a minimum of 16 credits in core and related courses. Students must achieve a minimum grade point average of 2.33 in each graded course used to satisfy the concentration requirements. Courses offered for a grade may not be taken pass/fail in satisfaction of the requirements. Although substitutions are generally not allowed, a substitution may be permitted in unusual circumstances. A student seeking a substitution should consult with faculty advisor Professor ​Peter Yu.

Core Courses (at least three required)

  • Copyright Law (3) (previously listed as Copyrights)
  • Intellectual Property (2 or 3) (previously listed as Intellectual Property Law Survey)
  • Patent Law (3)
  • Trademark & Unfair Competition Law (3)
  • International Intellectual Property (3)

Elective Courses (at least one required)

  • Art and Cultural Heritage Law (3) (previously listed as two separate courses)
  • Communications Law
  • Entertainment Law (2 or 3)
  • ePayments Law & Business (3)
  • Information Privacy Law (3)
  • Internet Law (3)
  • Pre-Suit Patent Litigation (1)
  • Sports Law (3)

Writing Requirement (at least one required—see note below)

  • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property Seminar (2) *
  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Business Seminar (2)
  • Complex Intellectual Property Problems Seminar (2) *
  • The Information Society Seminar (2)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Practicum (2)
  • International Intellectual Property Seminar (2)

Skills Requirement (at least one required—see note below)

  • Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (2)
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Clinic—Patents (2 or 4)
  • Intellectual Property & Technology Clinic—Trademarks (2 or 4)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Practicum (2)
  • Externship in Intellectual Property


  1. Elective, Writing and Skills requirements must be satisfied with different courses.
  2. Class credit hours are subject to change. Please verify the number of credit hours for courses with Student Services or the current course schedule.
  3. Courses that count toward the skills requirement for this concentration do not necessarily count toward the upper-level oral skills course requirement for graduation.
  4. Subject to approval of the concentration advisor, students may satisfy the writing requirement with a paper substantially on intellectual property issues that complies with the rigorous writing standards as outlined in 3.4.1 of the Student Handbook.
  * Students may count only one of these courses toward the concentration requirements.

Students who matriculated prior to Fall 2014 can substitute the following courses which have not been taught since 2014:

       Elective Course:
  • Patent Litigation (2)