See also: Intellectual Property Law Concentration

The Patent Law Track is designed for students who intend to practice in the specialized field of patent law. Approximately twenty percent of the 89 credit hours required for graduation must be in patent law courses. The remaining eighty percent of the credit hours are in courses outside patent law; however, many Patent Track students will pursue related courses in copyright and trademark law.

Patent Law Track Course Requirements

Required General Law Courses

Course Name Required Time Semester Traditionally Offered
Intro to LRWA 1st Yr. Fall
Contracts I 1st Yr. Fall
Torts 1st Yr. Fall
Economics for Lawyers 1st Yr. Fall
Property FT: 1st Yr./PT: 2nd Yr. Fall
Trial-Level Writing 1st Yr. Spring
Contracts II 1st Yr. Spring
Civil Procedure 1st Yr. Spring
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 1st Yr. Spring
Criminal Law

FT: 1st Yr./PT: 2nd Yr.

Appellate Writing 2nd Yr. Fall

Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government

2nd Yr. Fall
Legal Drafting 2nd Yr. Spring
Professional Responsibility      Before Graduation Fall/Spring

Required Patent Law Classes (See Recommended Schedule Below)

Course Name
Patent Law I & II or Patent Law
Legal & Economic Theory of IP
Patent Know-How & Licensing
Trade Secrets
Patent Litigation & Dispute Resolution Seminar
Patent Prosecution or Patent Writing Theory and Practice

Other Track Requirements

Course Name  
Administrative Law                
General Electives should be taken to reach the remaining credit hours needed to graduate.

Recommended Schedule for the Patent Law Track

The following schedule is illustrative of the order in which students should take Patent Law Track courses in order to complete the requirements of the program. The courses listed for each semester in the recommended schedule are guaranteed not to conflict with each other in the semester they are listed. If yo deviate from the recommended schedule, however, and take courses at a time other than the recommended time, you may encounter schedule conflicts.

Some courses might not be offered during the semesters indicated below, so be sure to check with the Records Office for a current schedule of classes.

Scheduling considerations for all students:

  • After the first year, students in the full-time division must maintain a credit load of 10-17 hours per semester, and students in the part-time division must maintain a credit load of 8-12 hours per semester. (See Academic Regulation 3-6.5.)
  • In order to earn a JD, a student must be in residence for a minimum of six semesters. A student is in residence for a semester when he/she earns at least 10 hours of academic credit in a fall or spring semester. (See Academic Regulation 3-5.)
  • All students must complete 89 credit hours to graduate, 74 of which must be "in-class" credit hours and no more than 15 credit hours may be graded "CR". (See Academic Regulation 3-3.1.)
First Year - Fall First Year - Fall
Intro to LWRA Intro to LWRA
Contracts I Contracts I
Torts Torts
Economics for Lawyers Economics for Lawyers
First Year - Spring First Year - Spring
Trial Level Writing Trial Level Writing
Contracts II Contracts II
Civil Procedure Civil Procedure
Legislation and Statutory Interpretation Legislation and Statutory Interpretation
Criminal Law  
Second Year - Fall Second Year - Fall
Appellate Writing Appellate Writing
Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government
Patent Law I (N.1) Patent Law I (N.1)
Electives Property
Second Year - Spring Second Year - Spring
Legal Drafting Legal Drafting
Patent Law II (N.1) Patent Law II (N.1)
Legal and Economic Theory of IP Legal and Economic Theory of IP
Administrative Law Criminal Law
Electives Electives
Third Year - Fall Third Year - Fall
Patent Know-How & Licensing Patent-Know How & Licensing
Patent Writing Theory & Practice (N.2) Patent Writing Theory & Practice (N.2)
Professional Responsibility Electives
Third Year - Spring Third Year - Spring
Trade Secrets Trade Secrets
Patent Litigation & Dispute
  Resolution Seminar
Patent Litigation & Dispute
  Resolution Seminar
Patent Prosecution (N.2) Patent Prosecution (N.2)
Electives Administrative Law
  Fourth Year - Fall
  Professional Responsibility
  Fourth Year - Spring

(N.1) To fulfill the requirements of the Patent Law Track, students may take either Patent Law I & II in the evening in the Fall and Spring semesters, respectively, or Patent Law as a 4 credit course during the day in Spring semester.

(N.2) To fulfill the requirements of the Patent Law Track, students may elect to take either Patent Prosecution or Patent Writing Theory and Practice. Both courses have been placed in the sample schedule to show a convenient time to register for the course.