How To Prepare for a Career in Intellectual Property and Information Law

Courses by Practice Area

Suggested courses if you are interested in:

Copyright Law or Entertainment Law

  • Copyright Law
  • Art Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Patent Law or Advanced Trademark Law
  • Colloquium on Innovation Policy 
  • A course covering the free speech protections of the First Amendment
  • A course that covers the transactional aspects of intellectual property practice, such as Entertainment Law
  • At least one international law course, either generally, such as International Law or International Organizations, or IP-specific such as International Intellectual Property Law
  • A seminar or course dealing with innovation or creativity from a theoretical, interdisciplinary, or non-traditional perspective
  • Technology Law and Policy Clinic

Patent

  • Patent Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Colloquium on Innovation Policy
  • Copyright Law or Advanced Trademark Law
  • Patent Litigation or a more general litigation or arbitration course for those interested in enforcement
  • At least one course that covers the transactional aspects of intellectual property practice, such as Life Sciences Patent Law, Information Privacy Law, or Internet and Business Law for Technology Companies
  • At least one international law course, either generally, such as International Law or International Organizations, or IP-specific such as International Intellectual Property Law
  • A seminar or course covering innovation or creativity from a theoretical, interdisciplinary, or non-traditional perspective
  • Technology Law and Policy Clinic

Some career paths in patent law require previous training or experience in science or engineering.  Those who are interested in the field but do not have a degree in science or engineering, including those whose degrees are in computer science, should consult with Professors Dreyfuss, Fromer, or Strandburg.
 

Trademark

  • Advanced Trademark Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Colloquium on Innovation Policy 
  • Copyright Law and/or Patent Law
  • A course covering the free speech protections of the First Amendment
  • At least one course that covers the transactional aspects of intellectual property practice, such as Entertainment Law
  • At least one international law course, either generally, such as International Law or International Organizations, or IP-specific such as International Intellectual Property Law
  • A seminar or course covering innovation or creativity from a theoretical, interdisciplinary, or non-traditional perspective
  • Technology Law and Policy Clinic

Information Law

  • Information Privacy Law
  • Internet and Business Law for Technology Companies
  • Survey of Intellectual Property or Patent Law, Copyright Law, or Advanced Trademark Law, depending on the student’s interests
  • A course covering the free speech protections of the First Amendment
  • A seminar or course covering information policy from a theoretical, interdisciplinary or non-traditional perspective
  • Technology Law and Policy Clinic

Students interested in a career in this field may consult with Professors Strandburg, Marotta-Wurgler, or Rubinstein about additional upper-level courses that would be appropriate to their interests.