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IP Legal Writing Program

At DePaul, qualified first year students can be admitted to the IP legal writing section (IPLW), taught by an attorney with professional IP work experience. Students learn their required first year research and writing skills (e.g., memo and trial brief writing) in the context of intellectual property issues (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright, etc.). A major advantage of the IPLW program is that it introduces students to a variety of IP theory and skills in the first year of law school. This early IP training can be attractive to prospective IP employers, which is a contrast to traditional law school curricula that do not offer any IP training in the first year.

In the fall semester, students learn about sources of state and federal law, how to identify and communicate rules of law, how to describe precedent cases, and how to apply those precedent cases to client facts in order to predict which side might prevail in a dispute. In the spring, students have an increased emphasis on researching statutes and cases pertaining to IP issues as they refine their fall semester memo writing skills. Then, at the tail end of the spring semester, students will prepare a trial brief arguing their client's position on various IP issues.

These research and writing skills in the first year of law school serve as a relevant introduction for later upper level IP coursework and any summertime legal work.

Previous Years:

2010-Overview

The students awarded seats in the first-year IP LARC program for the 2010-2011 academic year achieved a median LSAT score of 161, GPA of 3.51 and represent top undergraduate and graduate institutions, including the University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Northwestern University and Stanford University.

2009-Overview

The students awarded seats in the IP Legal Writing Program for the 2009-2010 academic year achieved a median LSAT score of 162 and represent top undergraduate and graduate institutions, including Brown, Emory, University of Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Yale University.

2008-Overview

The students awarded seats in the IP Legal Writing Program for the 2008-2009 academic year achieved a median LSAT score of 162 and represent top undergraduate and graduate institutions, including Berkeley, Columbia, Cornell, University of Michigan, New York University, Notre Dame and Northwestern University.

2007-Overview

The students awarded seats in the IP Legal Writing Program for the 2007-2008 academic year achieved a median LSAT score of 163 and represent top undergraduate and graduate institutions, including Berkeley, McGill, University of Michigan, New York University, Notre Dame and Yale University.

2006-Overview

The students awarded seats in the IP Legal Writing Program for the 2006-2007 academic year achieved an average LSAT score of 161 and represent the top undergraduate and graduate institutions, including Emory University, Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan and Washington University. Of the 55 students beginning law school in the fall and accepted into the IPLW sections, there will be twenty students with technical backgrounds and 35 students with non-technical backgrounds. This will be the most diverse class in IPLW history. Twenty-four percent of the students accepted into IPLW identify themselves as minorities.

2005-Overview

The students awarded seats in the IP Legal Writing Program for the 2005-2006 academic year achieved an average LSAT score of 161 and represent the top undergraduate and graduate institutions, including Berkeley, Georgetown, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Princeton and the University of Chicago.​​