Prior to 2012: Patent Law Track Curriculum

Prior to 2012 —89 credits required to graduate

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.

Chart of Patent Law Track Course Requirements in PDF form


Patent Law Track Course Requirements

Required General Law Courses

Course Name Required Time Semester
Intro to LRWA 1st Yr. Fall
Contracts I 1st Yr. Fall
Torts 1st Yr. Fall
Economic Foundations 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

Constitutional Law: The Founding

(formerly The Founders' Constitution

1st Yr. Spring
Criminal Law

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

Appellate Writing 2nd Yr. Fall

Constitutional Law I: Structure of Government

(formerly Constitutional Law I)

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
Patent Law II
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 Sample 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 you 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:

Recommended Schedule for Patent Law Track in PDF form

First Year - Fall First Year - Fall
Intro to LWRA Intro to LWRA
Contracts I Contracts I
Torts Torts
Economic Foundations Economic Foundations
First Year - Spring First Year - Fall
Trial Level Writing Trial Level Writing
Contracts II Contracts II
Civil Procedure Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law: The Founding Constitutional Law: The Founding
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 Patent Law I
Electives Property
Second Year - Spring Second Year - Spring
Legal Drafting Legal Drafting
Patent Law II Patent Law II
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* Patent Writing Theory & Practice*
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* Patent Prosecution*
Electives Administrative Law
  Fourth Year - Fall
  Professional Responsibility
  Fourth Year - Spring

*  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.