Concentration Requirements - IP Concentration

A minimum of 16 units of qualifying courses is required for the IP Concentration, divided into categories as shown in the table below. Within each category, students must take the minimum number of units noted. Within each category and sub-category, units beyond the stated maximum for the category or sub-category will not count for concentration purposes. Not all courses listed are offered in every academic year.

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

All concentration students must also complete a Heightened Research Component before graduation as described below.

Students interested in focusing on technology, including patent law, should discuss with the Professor Hughes how to craft their concentration accordingly. Lastly, for students focused in intellectual property who are considered taking the patent bar, to be eligible to take the patent bar (required for practice before the Patent Office) a student must typically have a degree (or extensive 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.

 

Required and Qualifying Courses

A minimum of 16 units of qualifying courses is required for the IP Concentration, divided into categories as shown in this table. Within each category, students must take the minimum number of units noted. Within each category and sub-category, units beyond the stated maximum for the category or sub-category will not count for concentration purposes. Not all courses listed are offered in every academic year.

Core Courses (5 units required, 9 units maximum)

IP Substantive Electives (3 units required, 9 units maximum)

General (count up to 9 units maximum)

 

Fashion Law courses (count up to 4 units maximum)

 

Entertainment Law courses (count up to 4 units maximum)

 

Sports Law Courses (count up to 4 units maximum)


Related Courses (up to 6 units maximum)


Concentration Experiential Requirement (1 course required.  The units from the course or experience satisfying this requirement may but need not be counted toward the 16 units if and where the course is also listed above)

Concentration Heightened Research Skills Component

All concentration students must also meet a research skills component before graduation. This requirement may be fulfilled either by any of the following:

+          Advanced Legal Research

+          Legal Research Fundamentals for the Litigator

+          Writing a Note or Comment for one of the school’s law reviews (whether or not IP-related)

+          Participating in a moot court competition (whether or not IP-related)

+          Enrollment in one of the law school’s clinics (whether or not IP-related)

+          Federal Court externship

 

 

 

1 Externship must be pre-approved by Concentration Faculty Advisor to count toward the concentration.

2 Loyola field teams to some national IP-law moot courts, depending on student interest and faculty availability. The extramural competitions that would meet the experiential requirement for the concentration include the AIPLA Giles Rich Patent Law Moot Court Competition, the Cardozo-BMI Entertainment Law Moot Court, and the INTA Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.  

3 A JD student is not permitted to take both the 1L Innovation Law elective and the upper level Innovation Law and only one may be counted toward the IP Concentration.