Required Courses

  • Administrative Law

Two of the following:

  • Copyright Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law & Unfair Competition

Elective courses

(Three required; Must be different from the courses used to fulfill the Required Courses — e.g., Cyberlaw cannot count as both a Required Course and an Elective; note that not every course listed as an elective will be a course focused on communications law topics, but may, rather, be a course focused on topics complementary to communications law).

  • Agency Partnership
  • Antitrust
  • Art Law
  • Cyberlaw
  • e-Discovery
  • Entertainment Law
  • Government Contracts
  • Information Privacy
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Communications Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Aspects of Social Media
  • Legal Drafting Seminar – Contract Drafting
  • Legal Drafting Seminar – Legislative Drafting
  • Lobbying and the Law
  • Music Law
  • National Security Law and Policy Seminar
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Remedies
  • Space Law

Transition to Practice

(One required; choose one from the following courses unless fulfilling this requirement with a clinic)

  • Legislation: The Making of a Federal Statute
  • Negotiations: Theory and Practice
  • Public Policy Practicum
  • 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 AntiCounterfeiting Coalition
  • International Trade and Intellectual Property Forum
  • Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors
  • Public Knowledge
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • Sound Exchange
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)


  • 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