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Each year, DePaul's outstanding IP/IT curriculum, faculty, and extracurricular programming attracts an increasing number of qualified students interested in the intellectual property program. The high caliber of these students creates a rigorous, invigorating academic environment.

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DePaul Law offers CIPLIT® students a myriad of hands-on opportunities to enhance their IP/IT studies, including externships, clinics, journals, and other extracurricular activities.

1871 and 2112 Collaborations

As part of DePaul University’s collaboration with 1871 and 2112 — Chicago’s prestigious entrepreneurial technology and creative arts hubs — DePaul law students have access to programming, special events, workshops, lectures and networking opportunities with industry leaders. CIPLIT students can take the course "Entrepreneurship, Innovation & The Law at 1871," taught by Professor Anthony Volini. This holistic learning experience allows students to perform legal research connected with 1871 presentations they attend that address the business, technological, and legal issues facing innovators today.

Intellectual Property Law Society

The student-led Intellectual Property Law Society (IPLS) puts DePaul students in touch with the IP legal community through mentoring opportunities and by hosting events with IP professionals. The IPLS works closely with CIPLIT® to offer DePaul students numerous chances to learn about the evolving landscape of IP law. Visit the DePaul IPLS Facebook page for more information.

IP Theory and Practice

Every spring, CIPLIT® runs the “An Introduction to IP Theory and Practice” series for all first-year students interested in IP. This skills series consists of a six-week set of lectures designed to acquaint first year students with substantive content and elements of practice in the various areas of IP law. This program is unique to CIPLIT® and designed to provide our students with an IP background that better prepares them for the job market and the more advanced IP courses in our curriculum. These lectures are taught by both full-time CIPLIT® faculty and experienced IP attorneys. Students who successfully complete all six lectures will receive a Certificate of Completion, which can be included on their resumes.

DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law

The DePaul Journal of Art, Technology & Intellectual Property Law (JATIP) is a student-edited national law journal established by the DePaul University College of Law in 1991. Published biannually, JATIP reviews developing legal and policy issues in the fields of art, technology and intellectual property law. Students who are interested in a staff writing position should either apply through the annual write-on competition, or through an open call should one occur. Click here to read past issues.

DePaul Journal of Sports Law

The problems that affect sports are the same ones that affect people in their everyday lives, from labor agreements to discrimination. The DePaul Journal of Sports Law is a student-produced journal that explores these critical issues with articles written by professionals and students. The journal also organizes and presents an annual symposium that addresses the most pertinent issues facing sports. Students who have completed their first year of law school in good academic standing are invited to join the Journal's editorial staff through a write-on competition. Click here to read past issues.

Art & Cultural Heritage Law Society

The goal of the Art & Cultural Heritage Law Society (ACHLS) is to put DePaul students in touch with legal professionals whose practice areas affect museums, the art market, contemporary artists and cultural heritage. The society accomplishes this objective by providing student mentoring, hosting networking events at DePaul and in the greater Chicago community, and arranging guest speakers. Additionally, the society works closely with professional organizations in order to offer DePaul students the chance to learn about the evolving and diverse legal landscape of art and cultural heritage law, and it strives to provide practical opportunities for students within their chosen career field.

CIPLIT® faculty and staff assist students with career development and potential placements in a variety of firms and organizations. These job opportunities provide students with valuable legal experience as a significant first step on their career paths.

Recent placements included:

  • Adler Law Group
  • Antonelli Law
  • Art-Law Centre at the University of Geneva
  • Association on American Indian Affairs
  • Baxter
  • Beem Patent Law Firm
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Dennemeyer and Associates, LLC
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Global IP
  • Greer Burns & Crain Ltd.
  • Hanley Flight & Zimmerman LLC
  • Hon. John Z. Lee, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Hon. Amy St. Eve, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • IpHorgan Ltd.
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation
  • Lempia Braidwood LLC
  • Leydig Voit & Mayer, Ltd.
  • Marshall Gerstein & Borun, LLP
  • McAndrews Held & Malloy Ltd.
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Nixon Peabody
  • Rakoczy Molino Mazzochi Siwik LLP
  • Scandaglia & Ryan
  • Smithsonian Institution, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Since 2002, the Scandaglia & Ryan Intellectual Property Legal Writing Award (founded and supported by Scandaglia Ryan LLP) is given annually to the student who receives the highest grade in the first-year IP Legal Writing Program. Previous winners:

  • 2020: Andrew Burnham
  • 2019: Jason Sanders
  • 2018: Jacob Michalakes
  • 2017: Samantha Phillips
  • 2016: Nolan Leuthauser
  • 2015: Lauren Bursey
  • 2014: Philipp Ruben
  • 2013: Patrick McMahon
  • 2012: Jonathan Michael Crowley
  • 2011: Kyle Dickinson
  • 2010: Stephen C. Jarvis
  • 2009: Nicholas Thompson
  • 2008: Emily Monteith
  • 2007: Jonathan Schildt & Justin Piper
  • 2006: Nicholas Angelocci
  • 2005: Jamey Orchik
  • 2004: Lawrence James
  • 2003: Jeremy Bridge
  • 2002: Hillary A. Mann

Established in 2000 by Dr. Robert Chambers (’51), the Dr. Robert and Clytia Chambers Patent Law Award annually honors the student with the strongest performance in Patent Law. Recent recipients include:

  • Morgan Breitbach ('22)
  • Andrew Burnham ('22)
  • Brian Raddatz ('21)
  • Mary Hannon ('21)
  • Victoria Georgevich ('20)
  • Florence Montarmani ('20)
  • Samantha Phillips ('19)
  • Chelsea Murray ('19)
  • Samantha Phillips ('19)