Modern digital and mobile technologies have added a new dimension of legal challenges to exciting areas such as entertainment and Internet law. Our intellectual property concentration explores the key issues related to patents, trademarks, copyrighting and trade secrets.
You’ll develop a firm grounding in a variety of fields that intellectual property law affects by taking courses on topics such as computer and Internet law, patent litigation, sports law and entertainment law. You can participate in an externship in a law firm or corporate legal department to do the intellectual property work that lawyers do, protecting the creativity of artists, musicians, and inventors. And in your courses or on a journal, you can write extensively on specific areas relating to your career interests.
You can take advantage of Connecticut’s extensive base of biomedical research and pharmaceutical firms, which are fertile sectors for lawyers who specialize in patent law. Through such an externship placement, you can study patent law in a hands-on manner; you will be contributing to society by helping clients develop patents claiming inventions intended to solve health, hunger, and technology issues.
Curriculum and Requirements
Intellectual Property Concentration
To be eligible for the Intellectual Property Concentration, a student must take Administrative Law (LAWS 114) as one of the core electives. Credit for that course does not count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement.
1. Course Work
To receive the certificate for this concentration, a student must earn 18 intellectual property specialty credits, divided as follows (not all courses are offered every year):
Required Course Work
At least 15 of the 18 credits must be earned from the following list of basic intellectual property courses:
|LAWS 331||Intellectual Property||3-4|
|Choose from the following basic intellectual property courses|
|LAWS 116||Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices||3|
|LAWS 117||Trademarks and Copyright in the Digital Age||2|
|LAWS 292||Independent Research Project W||2|
|LAWS 293||Independent Research Project W||3|
|LAWS 329||Communications Laws||3|
|LAWS 332||Patent Law||2|
|LAWS 333||Advanced Patents||2-3|
|LAWS 335||Patent Litigation||2|
|LAWS 417||Intellectual Property Externship 1||2-5|
|LAWS 437||Computer and Internet Law||2|
|LAWS 506||Entertainment Law||2|
|LAWS 509||Sports Law||2|
|LAWS 596||Franchise Law||3|
Externship with intellectual property emphasis (up to 6 credits with written approval by the concentration director)
Independent Research – with intellectual property emphasis (with written approval by the concentration director and the supervising professor)
|Choose from the following courses related to intellectual property:|
|LAWS 344||Law, Science and Technology||3|
|LAWS 350||Health Care Antitrust||3-4|
|LAWS 430||International Trade||3|
|LAWS 516||International Business Trans.||3|
|Other course or journal work as approved by the concentration director|
|IP-related courses taken at other law schools or in summer programs (with approval of the concentration director)||up to 5|
2. Writing Requirement
Students must write a substantial paper—or a series of shorter writings that together comprise the equivalent of a substantial paper—on a topic or topics related to intellectual property. (If a student writes a substantial paper, a student may use that paper to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement, provided that the paper meets the guidelines set forth in the Academic Regulations, section I.D.) The concentration director must approve the topic or topics for the written work used to satisfy this requirement. A paper written for a journal may qualify if the concentration director approves the topic and the paper as written.
Students who achieve a GPA of 3.2 or better in the coursework used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors.
4. Opt-out Option
A student may designate any course or paper as not counting toward the concentration, so long as it is not required for the concentration, and the student meets the concentration requirements with another course or paper.
The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement for honors), if they both agree to do so.