To earn an LTI certificate, students must complete a rigorous, yet flexible, course of study that provides students with a well-rounded foundation as well as specialized training in communications/data privacy law or intellectual property law. For both of these tracks, students must complete three mandatory courses, three electives, and a transition-to-practice course. In addition, students must attend LTI events during their time at the law school.

In addition to coursework at the law school, LTI students are required to gain practical experience through legal externships or, for part-time students, through current, relevant work experience. LTI students 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 Copyright Office, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, International Trade Commission, Patent & Trademark Office, and other agencies involved in technology law and policy. LTI students also serve as externs at non-profit organizations, law firms, trade associations, corporations, in congressional offices, and for judges. This hands-on experience exposes LTI students to various practice environments and helps prepare them for the legal marketplace they will enter after graduation.

Curricular Requirements and Externship Opportunities