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Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology

DePaul’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) was established to promote research and concentrated study of intellectual property and information technology law broadly defined. We seek to develop IP professionals of the highest caliber through an all-inclusive learning experience that combines outstanding classroom education, innovative scholarship, first-class training in lawyering skills, career counseling and an unparalleled range of extracurricular activities.

Since its founding in 1997, the DePaul University College of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) has stood in the forefront of IP legal education. With its ambitious activities and valuable opportunities, DePaul's Intellectual Property program has regularly ranked in the top 20 of the US News and World Report Law School Rankings. Located in downtown Chicago, the program attracts students, academics, and employers from across the country and around the world. DePaul's IP/IT Program is well deserving of the national recognition it has garnered since its inception. DePaul's broad and innovative IP/IT curriculum, offering four distinct IP/IT certificate programs as well as a joint degree program with DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM), and a JD/LLM in Intellectual Property is unparalleled in legal education. For law school graduates, DePaul offers an LLM in Intellectual Property. Non-legal professionals may also pursue a Master of Jurisprudence in Intellectual Property Law.

While CIPLIT has become nationally known for its academic programs and faculty scholarship, students who participate in CIPLIT programs appreciate the extraordinary effort made by the faculty and staff to assist students in career development. Every year many students, including those who have completed the first and second year of law school and those who will graduate, find employment in the IP/IT field. 

There are hundreds of loyal alumni who have participated in CIPLIT programs since its inception. Those professionals are employed in IP and IT positions throughout the country and worldwide.

Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology
Ellen Gutiontov Esq., Executive Director​
DePaul University College of Law
25 East Jackson Boulevard, Suite 809
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 362-5124 | ciplit@depaul.edu | Fax: (312) 362-7698
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