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Institute for Communications Law Studies: Curriculum

Institutes and Special Programs | Institute for Communications Law Studies


Specialized Training 

To earn a certificate from the Institute for Communications Law Studies, students must complete seven course requirements (three mandatory and four electives) and three semesters of legal externship. The new requirements and options are set forth below:

Mandatory Courses Taken by All Students:

  • Telecommunications Law,
    Policy and Core Technologies
  • Administrative Law
  • Capstone (Problems in Telecommunications Law
    and Policy)


Elective courses, chosen from among the following:

Communications Electives (two required)

  • Cyber Law
  • New Telecommunications Technologies and the Law
  • First Amendment Problems of the Media
  • Regulation of Wireless Communications
  • Entertainment Law
  • International Regulation of Telecommunications

Intellectual Property (one required)

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Copyright Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition
  • Advanced Issues in Copyright and Trademark Law
  • Intellectual Property Transactions

Related Economic, Business, and Public Policy (one required)

  • Antitrust
  • Regulated Industries
  • Securities Regulation: Issuance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Legislative Process
  • Legislation – The Making of a Federal Statute
  • National Security Law and Policy Seminar

Legal Externships

  • Two unpaid communications-focused externships with organizations outside the law school.
  • One additional paid or unpaid externship
  • Becoming a Communications Lawyer ( a classroom component taken concurrently with the first externship provides practical information on the workings of the Federal Communications Commission, and other public and private sector institutions, organizations, and law firms sponsoring externs.  Students draft rulemaking comments for submission in a current FCC rulemaking and participate in mock advocacy presentations in connection with the proceeding.

*Detailed course descriptions and further curriculum information appear in the Announcement book.



Students in the Institute benefit tremendously from Catholic University's location in Washington, D.C. As the center of government and law, Washington, D.C. is home to the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission and other agencies involved in communications law policy regulation and enforcements, congressional subcommittees on telecommunications, and the United States Supreme Court, where all major First Amendment cases have been argued. Institute students can choose from numerous governmental offices, many of the major trade associations representing all segments of the communications industry, and some of the largest and most respected communications law practices in the country.

CLI graduates are practicing in a diverse range of communications law such as: mergers & acquisitions of Fortune 500 media, communications and technology companies; anti-trust and unfair trade practice issues before state and federal agencies; state, federal and international regulation of the Internet; compliance with global privacy and data security laws and regulations; intellectual property and regulatory issues related to new technology and consumer devices; First Amendment laws and policies related to broadcast, cable and satellite program content and political advertising; and international trade policies and transactions.


The following is a partial list of organizations where students have served in externships:

Department of Commerce, NTIA
Department of Justice
Department of State
Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Federal Communications Commission (Office of the Chairman, Commissioners, and the General Counsel; Enforcement, Media, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Wireless Communication, and Wireline Competition Bureaus)
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet


CTIA - The Wireless Association
National Association of Broadcasters
National Public Radio
Newspaper Association of America
Personal Communications Industry Association
Public Knowledge
Radio Television News Directors Association
Recording Industry Association of America
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Telecommunications Industry Association


Fox Television Stations, Inc
Mobile Satellite Ventures
National Geographic Channel


Arnold and Porter
Fletcher Heald & Hildreth
Lampert, O'Connor, Johnston P.C.
Latham & Watkins
Wiley Rein, LLP
Wilkinson Barker Knauer
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP


Institutes and Programs 
Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6081

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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