Concentration Requirements

Each student in the IP Concentration must complete an experiential course. This may consist of an externship in a related industry or advocacy placement, or an IP-related moot court, colloquium or skills course. Students with work experience in IP, that otherwise would be duplicated by an experiential course, may waive out of the requirement upon approval by the Concentration adviser.

  1. To be eligible to take the patent bar (required for practice before the Patent Office) a student must typically have a degree (or minimum coursework) in science or engineering. However, no technical background is needed for other areas of patent law such as patent litigation or transactional work. Find more details here.
  2. To qualify for a waiver, work experience that is not part of the Loyola curriculum requires faculty supervision as an externship. Unit credit will not be awarded for work experience.

Required and Qualifying Courses1

A minimum of 16 units in qualifying courses is required for completion of the IP Concentration. Students must take the minimum number of units noted in each category below. Units taken beyond the stated maximum for the category will not count for concentration purposes, although they will count toward the JD degree. Only some of these courses satisfy the Patent and Technology Sub-Concentration. Courses in italics and other qualifying courses may be offered in future years.

Core Courses (6-9 units)ii

Key Electives (3-9 units)

Other Electives (3-6 units)

Experiential Opportunity (1 required)

  • Giles Rich Patent Moot Court (2)
  • IP Externship/Internship (2)
  • IP Honors Colloquium (2)
  • Patent Prosecution Practicum (3)
  • Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court (2)
  • USPTO Patent Experience Extern Program (0-6)xii

iAny course listed counts for the Concentration, subject to the minimum and maximum noted per category.

iiAll concentration students must take at least two of the core courses (Antitrust, Copyright, Trademark or Patent), plus complete the IP Research Methods course.  They must also complete the minimum number of units within each category.  Units beyond a category maximum will not count toward concentration requirements.

iiiAny of the Antitrust electives may substitute for this course.  Only 1 Antitrust class can be counted toward the concentration.  Global Antitrust has also been offered as Comparative Antitrust some semesters.

ivThis is currently structured as a non-credit course, but may be upgraded to a 1-unit course in the future.  It is required of all IP concentration students.

vThis course may be taken either as a 1st year elective or upper-level course, but not both.

viInternational IP (including some subject-specific Int’l IP courses) has traditionally been taught in our summer and foreign programs.  Now, the course will be taught in Los Angeles.

viiThis course may be taken either as a 1st year elective or upper-level course, but not both.   It may not be taken after completion of Copyright, Patent or Trademark Law.

viiiAlternatively offered as Licensing & Technology Transfer

ixOnly 1 of the Fashion Law courses may count toward the IP concentration.

xMay be offered as a 2-unit seminar

xiMay be offered as “Taxation of Intellectual Property”

xiiThis externship is offered only at the US Patent & Trademark Office, in Alexandria, VA.  Students can earn up to 6 credit units for successful completion.