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DePaul Law's IP/IT program offers more than 40 intellectual property courses, including practicums, skills and clinical experiences, four IP Certificates, a clinic, and two Joint Degrees.

Starting in the 2018-2019 academic year, all second and third year JD students can enroll in select technology courses from DePaul College of Computing & Digital Media (CDM) and count up to four of those courses for JD credit: Information Security Management; Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery; Intro to Programming; and Legal Responsibilities in IT. No prior IT or other technical background is required for any of these CDM courses.

Joint Degree Programs

In addition to the Juris Doctor (J.D.), students accepted into one of our joint degree programs receive master's degrees in areas that prepare them for specialized legal careers.
  • JD/MS with DePaul's College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) for students with a technical background.
  • JD/LLM in Intellectual Property Law 
  • JD/MBA with DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

IP/IT Certificates

The IP/IT program also boasts four unique certificate options for students in the JD program.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property Law

Law graduates can enhance their legal education and broaden the scope of their practice potential through a wide range of technical and non-technical courses offered through the IP/IT program.

IP/IT Courses

The program offers more than 40 intellectual property courses, including practicums, skills and clinical experience covering a broad range of patent, copyright, trademark and information technology issues.

  • Advanced Antitrust
  • Advanced Patent Law
  • Art & the Law
  • Biotechnology Patent Strategies for the New Millennium
  • Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (CDM cross-listed course)
  • Copyright Law
  • Customs Law
  • Data Breach Notification Laws
  • Data Privacy Law: US & EU
  • Entertainment Law
  • Health Privacy, Cybersecurity, and IT Law
  • Information Security Management (CDM cross-listed course)
  • Intellectual Property for Corporate Transactional Lawyers
  • Intellectual Property Law Survey
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Intro to Programming (CDM cross-listed courses)
  • Law & the Mass Media
  • Law of Film and TV Production and Distribution
  • Legal Aspects of the Biotechnology Business (on-line course)
  • Legal Drafting: Art Market Transactions
  • Legal Drafting: IP Licensing & Negotiation
  • Legal Drafting: Patents
  • Legal Drafting: Trademarks and Copyright
  • Legal Drafting: Trademarks and Patents
  • Legal Responsibilities in IT
  • Music Law
  • Music Transactions: Representing Talent
  • Patent Law
  • Patent and Trademark Searching (1 credit hour)
  • Practical Legal Research: Cultural Heritage Law
  • Practical Legal Research: IP
  • Practical Legal Research: Legal Practice Technology
  • Representing the Professional Athlete
  • Sports Law
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Special Topics in Law: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & the Law at 1871 and 2112
  • Special Topics in Law: IP Valuation in Health, Tech and Other Industries
  • Telecommunications Law & Policy
  • Trademark & Unfair Competition Law
  • Trade Secret Law
  • Advanced Intellectual Property Seminar
  • Advanced Patent Law Seminar
  • Cultural Heritage Seminar
  • Health Innovation & Intellectual Property Seminar
  • Intellectual Property & Climate Change Seminar
  • Field Placement Program (IP) (Extern Program, Non-Classroom)
  • Guided Research (IP)
  • Legal Clinic: Technology & Intellectual Property (TIP Clinic) I & II
  • Litigation Strategy: IP
  • Moot Court Competition (IP)
  • Patent Law Moot Court
  • Journal of Art, Technology Law & Intellectual Property Law
  • Journal of Sports Law & Contemporary Problems
  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Technique
  • Business Organizations
  • Federal Courts
  • Foreign Study Abroad in Dublin: Intellectual Property
  • Foreign Study Abroad in Dublin: Media Law

TIP Clinic

The DePaul Technology/Intellectual Property Clinic (TIP Clinic) was one of the first law school clinical programs to provide transactional services exclusively in the areas of patent, trademark and copyright law to clients who could not afford to pay private counsel for these services. The TIP Clinic; is a natural extension of the College of Law's nationally ranked IP/IT program, and its mission is "Protecting the Creative Works of Creative Minds."

Students with technical and non-technical backgrounds are eligible to participate, and clients are referred to the clinic by attorneys and by former clinic clients. TIP Clinic clients are inventors, musicians, artists, authors and entrepreneurs who need assistance in protecting their creations and businesses. The issues presented by these talented people are interesting and challenging, and TIP Clinic students experience the satisfaction of helping individuals with real legal problems, not merely problems posed to them in classroom simulations.

TIP Clinic students provide the following client services:

  • Advising clients regarding the risks involved in selecting and using a trademark
  • Conducting preliminary patent searches
  • Providing copyright and trademark infringement advice
  • Defending clients against challenges of trademark use
  • Providing advice regarding domain name issues
  • Drafting licensing and confidentiality agreements
  • Counseling clients concerning the best way to protect their creations