Students enrolled in the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration will receive instruction and training in those subject areas fundamental to the practice of intellectual property attorneys, in addition to instruction in specialized, related subject areas of their choosing.
Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement
Professors Akilah N. Folami, Leon Friedman, and Irina D. Manta serve as faculty concentration advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean.
Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A Concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration at a later date, but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation.
Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements. A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement.
Content and Requirements
Required Core Courses:
Students must take the Intellectual Property Survey course. In addition, they must take two of the following three courses:
Students who take all three of these courses may waive the requirement to take the Intellectual Property Survey course if they wish to do so.
Students must also take a total of at least 3 elective courses from “List A” and “List B”.
At least 1 of these courses must be taken from “List A,” below, and at least 1 must be one of the Capstone courses, which involve skills training and are marked with asterisks (the two requirements in this sentence may be fulfilled with the same course).
Global Compliance in the Digital Age
Intellectual Property Colloquium
Law in Cyberspace
Patent Prosecution Externship*
Privacy in the Digital Age
Telecommunications Law and Policy
Biotechnology: Law, Business, and Regulation
Business Drafting Seminar*
Discovery Skills II: Depositions*
Evidence (Prof. Krieger only)*
International Business Transactions
International Commercial Arbitration*
International Sales Law
Law’s Response to Reproductive Technology
Legal Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation*
Litigation and Drafting Skills*
Mass Media and the First Amendment
Additionally, any other course approved by the student’s concentration advisor, including Independent Study coursework, can be used to satisfy the third elective. Subject to a student’s concentration advisor approval, students can also use an IP-related externship not on this list to fulfill the Capstone part of the electives requirements.
A student must complete a writing requirement that would satisfy either Writing Requirement I or II in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on an intellectual property law subject or subjects, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement to be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement.
Careers in intellectual property law are challenging and can be competitive to successfully enter. For that reason, it would be unwise for most students to single-mindedly pursue a career in intellectual property law. Any interested student should, by all means, take courses in the area of intellectual property law to ascertain interest, develop skills, and hone expertise – but the majority of students should also have in mind other career options, and should round out their legal education to position them well for such options. Enrolling in the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration would not be fully consistent with such advice.
For this reason, a minimum GPA of 3.1 is required at the time of application for the Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration. Although a GPA of 3.1 or greater need not be maintained throughout a student’s time in the concentration, a student must graduate with a GPA of 3.1 or greater in order to be awarded credit for the concentration.
The Concentration maintains a TWEN site, which is used for communication and programming. All concentration enrollees should sign up for the site (“Intellectual Property Law Honors Concentration”).