Intellectual Property Law (J.D. Certificate)

Whether your interests lie in science and technology, branding and advertising, or entertainment and the arts, the IP Program is committed to training the top IP attorneys of the future.

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Today, intellectual property is often the most important asset for a business, whether it's a small startup or a large multinational corporation. Nearly every business must, at some point, consider pursuing IP protection for their trademarks, works of expression, and innovative products and methods.

Students in Chicago-Kent's J.D. Certificate in Intellectual Property Law program learn how to protect these critical IP assets through a broad-based curriculum culminating with a practically oriented capstone experience. Students interested in patent law typically have backgrounds in science, computer science, or engineering, while those interested in copyright and trademark law come from a variety of backgrounds.

Program Overview

Students learn how to protect critical intellectual-property assets through a broad-based curriculum culminating with a practically oriented capstone experience.

Career Opportunities

Many graduates of Chicago-Kent's Intellectual Property Law Program work in IP firms and corporate law departments throughout the Chicago area and around the country, including in Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley. 

Practice areas include: 

  • Advertising law
  • Copyright law
  • Biotechnology law
  • IP licensing
  • Patent law 
  • Trade dress law
  • Trademark law
  • Trade secret law

The J.D. Certificate in Intellectual Property Law requires 20 hours of IP coursework, culminating in a practical Capstone Experience, in which students apply their knowledge to a problem-solving simulation or an actual case.

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This program is open only to J.D. students at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Students interested in patent law typically have backgrounds in science, computer science, or engineering, while those interested in copyright and trademark law come from a variety of backgrounds.