The Catholic University of America
Law & Technology Institute Curriculum: 
Intellectual Property Law Track

Institutes and Special Programs | Law & Technology Institute | Law & Technology Institute Curriculum

 

Required Courses

• Administrative Law

Two of the following:
• Copyright Law
• Introduction to Intellectual Property
• Patent Law
• Trademark Law & Unfair Competition

 

Elective courses (3 required; must be different from the courses used to fulfill the Required Courses—e.g., Patent Law cannot count as a Required Course and an Elective)

• Antitrust
• Art Law
• Art, Cultural Property, and Human Rights (Rome)
• Communications Law Practicum
• Copyright Law
• Cybercrime and Criminal Enforcement
• Cyberlaw
• e-Discovery
• Entertainment Law
• Federal Courts
• Federal Regulation of Food and Drugs
• First Amendment Problems of the Media
• Global Issues in Intellectual Property Law (Cracow)
• Information Privacy
• Intellectual Property Transactions
• International Intellectual Property
• Introduction to Communications Law
• Introduction to Intellectual Property
• Legal Drafting Seminar – Contract Drafting
• Legal Drafting Seminar – Legislation
• Lobbying and the Law
• Patent Law
• Patent Prosecution
• Sports and the Law
• Trademarks and Unfair Competition

 

Transition to Practice (1 required; must be taken during 3rd or 4th year,
unless fulfilling this requirement with a clinic)

• Advanced Trial Practice
• Civil Practice Clinic
• Intellectual Property Capstone (strongly recommended)
• Legislation: The Making of a Federal Statute
• Negotiations: Theory and Practice
• Trial Practice

 

Externship Opportunities

LTI students following the intellectual property law track are required to complete one for-credit (unpaid) externship focused on intellectual property law with an organization outside the law school, and are strongly encouraged to complete at least one additional paid or unpaid externship focused on intellectual property law during their course of study. With permission of the Directors, current full-time intellectual property work experience may be used to fulfill the externship requirement. The following is a partial list of organizations where students have served in externships:

Judicial Externships

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
United States Court of Federal Claims 

Federal Government

Copyright Office
Department of Commerce Office of General Counsel
Department of Defense Office of General Counsel
Department of Energy
Department of Justice – Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section
Department of State – Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement
Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Federal Trade Commission
Food & Drug Administration, Office of Policy
House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet
International Trade Administration
International Trade Commission
Library of Congress Office of the General Counsel
National Institutes of Health, Office of Technology Transfer
Patent & Trademark Office
Office of the United States Trade Representative
Senate Committee on the Judiciary

Associations and Public Interest Organizations

Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies
American Association of University Professors
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Global Intellectual Property Center (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
Intermediary Copyright Royalty Services
International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition
International Trade and Intellectual Property Forum
Newseum
Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
Public Knowledge
Recording Industry Association of America
Sound Exchange
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Businesses

Black Entertainment Television, Inc.
Discovery Communications
Dr. First
National Geographic Channel
Octagon, Inc.  

Law Firms

Arent Fox
Banner & Witcoff
Cooley LLP
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Fish & Richardson
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt
Sughrue Mion
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

 

Institutes and Programs 
Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6081

Fax: 202-319-4004

Email: institutes@law.edu

Mailing Address:

Office of Institues and Special Programs
The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law

Washington, DC 20064

Constantia Dedoulis
Director of Institutes and Special Programs