Concentration Requirements

As part of the 16 units of qualifying courses, 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, 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.

All concentration students must also complete an IP Research Component before graduation. The requirement may be fulfilled either by: a) taking Advanced Legal Research, which will be customized for IP research, or b) taking either Legal Research Fundamentals for the Litigator or Advanced Legal Research. Students who select option a) or b) will receive academic credit for the course, but the units do not count toward the 16 required units for the Concentration.  With approval of the Concentration Faculty Adviser, students graduating in Spring 2017 have the additional option of going through the online videos and research exercises that have been specially developed for IP Concentration students.

Required and Qualifying Coursesi

A minimum of 16 units of qualifying courses is required for completion of the IP Concentration. Students must take the minimum number of units noted in each category. Units beyond the stated maximum do not count for concentration purposes, although they will count toward the JD degree. Courses designated with (P) satisfy the Patent and Technology sub-concentration.ii  Courses designated with a (Y) are ordinarily taught every year.  Other courses may be taught only every second year, so plan your schedule accordingly.  Courses in gray not offered in 2016-17.  (D)ay class, iii (E)vening class, (1)st Yr Elective.  Faculty notation for 2016-17.  Some courses may count toward both the IP and another concentration (e.g., Entertainment, Cybersecurity) with approval.  See the endnotes for further information.

Core Courses (5-9 units)iv

Key Electives (3-9 units)

Other Electives (2-6 units)

Related Electives (0-6 units)

Experiential Component (1 required)xii

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

iiSub-concentrations are optional.  To qualify for the Patent/Technology Sub-concentration, students must take a patent law course, at least 1 key elective and 1 other elective designated with (P), and a capstone designated with (P), for a total of 12 (P) qualifying units. Students must register and qualify for the IP Concentration to receive a sub-concentration designation on their transcripts.

iiiSome classes designated (D) are taught late in the afternoon (e.g. 3:20-5:20) and available for evening students.

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

vThis course is offered only as a 1st year elective.  In some years, a related course – Introduction to IP – is offered as an upper class course.  Students may not take both.

viAlternatively offered as Licensing & Technology Transfer.

viiThis is an online course.  Students may attend from any location with a broadband connection. 

viiiThis course may be taken either as a 1st year elective or upper class course, but not both.

ixOnly 1 of the Fashion Law courses may count toward the IP Concentration.  Same for Negotiations.

xMay be offered as a 2-unit seminar.

xiMay be offered as “Taxation of Intellectual Property.”

xiiAny Capstone course may be counted as Other or Related Elective instead of Capstone at student’s discretion, or as Key Elective upon approval of the Faculty Adviser, so long as the Capstone requirement is otherwise satisfied.

xiiiWith approval of the Faculty Adviser

xivCounts toward Patent/Technology Sub-Concentration if in chambers of a District or Magistrate Judge with a significant docket of patent cases.  Prior approval recommended.

xvExternship must be pre-approved by Faculty Adviser to count toward the concentration or sub-concentration.

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