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Intellectual Property

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Intellectual property lawyers play an essential role in protecting creators and inventors, from the mobile tech innovators in Silicon Valley to the authors who fuel the New York publishing industry.

Program Overview

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. Coursework

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 Coursework

At least 15 of the 18 credits must be earned from the following list of basic intellectual property courses:

Required Course
LAWS 331Intellectual Property3-4
Choose from the following basic intellectual property courses
LAWS 116Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices3
LAWS 117Trademarks and Copyright in the Digital Age2
LAWS 292Independent Research Project W2
LAWS 293Independent Research Project W3
LAWS 329Communications Laws3
LAWS 332Patent Law2
LAWS 333Advanced Patents2-3
LAWS 335Patent Litigation2
LAWS 417Intellectual Property Externship 12-5
LAWS 437Computer and Internet Law2
LAWS 506Entertainment Law2
LAWS 509Sports Law2
LAWS 596Franchise Law3

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)

Remaining Credits
Choose from the following courses related to intellectual property:
LAWS 344Law, Science and Technology3
LAWS 349Antitrust3
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 430International Trade3
LAWS 516International Business Trans.3
Other coursework 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. 

3. Honors

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.

5. Waiver

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.