You will examine the relationships between global and domestic competition, intellectual property, and information laws to understand the dynamic forces at play in the modern economy.
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NYU Law has assembled a remarkably strong group of faculty who are leaders in the fields of antitrust and competition policy, intellectual property—copyright, patents, and trademarks—and information and privacy law. They are world-renowned for their scholarship and engagement in policy debates, and they include experts in international and comparative aspects of competition policy and intellectual property.
To complement the government and practice experience that our full-time faculty bring to the classroom, you'll choose from courses taught by lawyers in art law, entertainment law, and fashion law, and litigators in patent law and antitrust law. These practitioners offer their insights gleaned from years of professional experience in New York.
Choose a Focus Area
In this specialization, you will decide to focus in one of two areas: antitrust and competition policy, or intellectual property and information law. You'll have access to foundational classes and an array of advanced seminars and other courses in both areas. In many of our courses, you will find professors who balance theoretical discussions with examples of the implementation of evolving regulations and policy in the US and abroad.
In the Innovation Policy Colloquium and the Guarini Colloquium: Regulating Global Digital Corporations, you'll critique and debate emerging scholarship and engage directly with the authors who are invited to campus to present their work.
For exposure to practice, you can opt for the Patent Litigation Simulation or Antitrust: Merger Enforcement and Litigation Seminar. In courses like these, you'll consider the perspectives of the relevant stakeholders and how each approached the various stages of the action.
An Integrated Approach
Rapidly-evolving technologies, regulatory debate, scientific research, and forms of artistic production create new legal challenges. You'll be asked to question how the law can foster an environment in which creativity and entrepreneurship flourish. To answer, you'll connect with economists, legal scholars, and practitioners to examine both laws that encourage innovation through competition and those that incentivize it by protecting advances in the arts and sciences.
A number of our centers and institutes, and the conferences, programs and events they convene, focus on legal issues in innovation. You'll connect with the real-world practitioners and policymakers they attract to campus. You also can join student groups and journals dedicated to these issues.
Centers and Institutes
Get ready for your next career move as you prepare to join NYU Law's network of 40,000+ alumni:
- The Office of Career Services supports your private sector job search.
- The Public Interest Law Center assists with your future public service career.
- Apply for post-graduate fellowships for LLMs in human rights or international finance and development.
- Explore the fully-funded JSD program, research fellowships at some of our centers and institutes, and the Law School's academic career fellowships.
- Learn more about the path from NYU to the New York bar.
Meet the Faculty Directors
Harry First (Antitrust and Competition Policy)
Charles L. Denison Professor of Law
Harry First is a specialist in antitrust and business crime. He is the co-author of the casebook Free Enterprise and Economic Organization: Antitrust (7th Ed. 2014) (with John Flynn and Darren Bush), as well as a casebook on regulated industries (with John Flynn). Read more about Professor First
Barton Beebe (Intellectual Property and Information Law)
John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law
Barton Beebe specializes in the doctrinal, empirical, and cultural analysis of intellectual property law. He has been the Anne Urowsky Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford. Read more about Professor Beebe
Note: Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman will take over as the faculty director of the Antitrust and Competition Policy focus area starting in the Fall 2022 semester.