Degree Requirements

The Competition, Innovation and Information Law Program (“CIILP”) has two areas of focus: Antitrust and Competition Policy, and Intellectual Property and Information Law. Students in CIILP must take at least 16 of the required 24 credits in the area of focus that they select, including the required basic courses, unless they have already taken the required basic courses in a JD program.

Writing Requirement

All students are required to fulfill the Writing Requirement. This requirement is generally fulfilled by writing a paper in a seminar in the selected area of focus. It can also be fulfilled by a 2-credit Directed Research project supervised by a faculty member. If the Directed Research supervisor is a member of the adjunct faculty, the project must be approved by one of the Program’s Co-Directors. The Law School’s “Substantial Writing Credit” requirement does not apply to the Program.

Course Requirements

A. Antitrust and Competition Policy Focus

Required Course
  • Antitrust Law (LW.11164) OR Antitrust and Regulatory Alternatives I (LW.11348)
Elective Courses
  • A basic course in intellectual property (only one of the below three IP courses will count towards the antitrust focus):
    • Copyright Law (LW.11552), OR
    • Patent Law (LW.11678), OR
    • Trademark and False Advertising Law (LW.11923)
  • Advanced Antitrust Seminar (LW.12073)
  • Antitrust and Regulatory Alternatives II (LW.11367)
  • Antitrust: International and Comparative Seminar (LW.11676)
  • Antitrust Counseling in the Distribution of Goods and Services (LW.11546)
  • Antitrust Law and Economics Seminar (LW.11178)
  • Antitrust Law: Case Development and Litigation Strategy Seminar (LW.11043)
  • Economic Analysis of Law (LW.10853)

  • Globalization and Law: An International Perspective on International Trade and Competition Seminar (LW.12342)

  • Graduate Lawyering I (LW.12373 or LW.12375)

  • Hauser Global Law Faculty courses (with permission of the CIILP Co-Director)

  • Information Privacy Law (LW.11019)

  • Innovation Policy Colloquium (LW.10930)

  • International Trade Law (LW.11426)

  • Mergers and Acquisitions (LW.10327)

  • Quantitative Methods Seminar (LW.10794)

  • Sports Law (LW.10585)

B. Intellectual Property and Information Law Focus

Required Courses

Two of the following three basic courses:

  • Copyright Law (LW.11552)
  • Patent Law (LW.11678)
  • Trademark and False Advertising Law (LW.11923)
Elective Courses
  • Third basic intellectual property course
    • Copyright Law (LW.11552), OR
    • Patent Law (LW.11678), OR
    • Trademark and False Advertising Law (LW.11923)
  • Advanced Copyright (LW.11617)
  • Advanced Topics in Privacy Seminar (LW.12366)
  • Advanced Trademark and Advertising Law (LW.11692)
  • Antitrust Law (LW.11164) OR Antitrust and Regulatory Alternatives I (LW.11348)
  • Art Law (LW.10122)
  • Contracts (for LLM students)(LW.11171)
  • Cybersecurity Law and Technology Seminar (LW.12535)
  • Entertainment Law Seminar (LW.11456)
  • Fashion Law and Business (LW.12131)
  • Graduate Lawyering I (LW.12373 or LW.12375)
  • Hauser Global Law Faculty courses (with permission of the CIILP Co-Director)
  • Human Rights, Civil Society, and the Internet in China Seminar (LW.12493)
  • Information Privacy Law (LW.11019)
  • Innovation Policy Colloquium (LW.10930)
  • Intellectual Property Crimes Seminar (LW.12451)
  • Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge – the Politics of Law, Knowledge and Culture Seminar (LW.11910)
  • Labor and Employment in the Entertainment Industry Seminar (LW.11605)
  • Law and the Many Faces of Information Seminar (LW.12183)
  • Life Sciences Patent Law (LW.11626)
  • National Security Law and Policy Seminar (LW.10067)
  • Patent Licensing Seminar (LW.12260)
  • Patent Litigation Seminar (LW.10185)
  • Sports Law (LW.10585)
  • The Law of the Startup (LW.12266)
  • The Roberts Court and the First Amendment Seminar (LW.12605)
  • Trade Secret Law (LW.12360)

Contact Information

Prospective students should direct their inquiries to the Office of Graduate Admissions and admitted and current students to the Office of Graduate Affairs or to Nicole Arzt who assists the Faculty Co-Directors of the CIIL program. Nicole can arrange for faculty advisement and can be reached at:

Vanderbilt Hall 336
Telephone: 212.998.6013
nicole.arzt@nyu.edu