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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.
The College of Law’s
Technology & Data Protection Initiative reflects the growing importance of technology and cyberlaw and the increasing demand for tech-savvy lawyers. A new partnership with the
DePaul College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) expanded data privacy, data security and technology courses by allowing DePaul law students, even those without a technical background, to enroll in select CDM technology courses for JD credit. Current courses include:
Cybersecurity Law, Data Privacy, and
IP Valuation in Tech Industries.
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.
The IP/IT program also boasts four unique certificate options for students in the JD program.
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.
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.
DePaul Law distinctive and highly competitive IP Legal Writing section places an emphasis on IP/IT topics as part of the first-year Legal Analysis, Research & Communication (LARC) curriculum. Qualified first-year students are invited to join the program, which is taught by an attorney or professor with professional IP experience. Obtaining research and writing skills through analysis of IP/IT issues provides a relevant introduction to upper-level IP/IT coursework and helps students stand out to prospective employers.
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.
The DePaul Technology/Intellectual Property Clinic (TIP® Field 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 Field 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 Field 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 Field Clinic students experience the satisfaction of helping individuals with real legal problems, not merely problems posed to them in classroom simulations.
TIP Field Clinic students provide the following client services: