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JD Intellectual Property Law Concentration   

J.D. Program: Intellectual Property Law Concentration

Seton Hall Law School offers a Concentration in Intellectual Property Law for J.D. students interested in patent law, trademark law, copyright law, or entertainment law.  Students choose from one of two tracks: Intellectual Property Law or Entertainment Law.  The courses are taught by faculty with extensive scholarship and practical experience.  

Students who complete the requirements may list the Concentration on their resumes.  Upon graduation, students also receive an Intellectual Property Law certificate indicating their completion of the following Concentration requirements:

  1. Successful completion of the three of four required survey courses: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Patent Law, and Trademark and Unfair Competition;

  2. Completion of a certified AWR paper in either an Intellectual Property course or another AWR course on an intellectual property topic pre-approved by Professor David Opderbeck for the Intellectual Property Law Track or Professor Brenda Saunders for the Entertainment Law Track;

  3. Successful completion of at least 13 credits in the Intellectual Property Law track or at least 14 credits in the Entertainment Law track with a GPA of 3.0 or better in the permissible electives (which differ for the two tracks);

  4. Entertainment Law track only: successful completion of Entertainment Law.

Concentration Planning and Advising

Download the Intellectual Property Law Concentration Planning Guide

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW TRACK

The Intellectual Property Law track is overseen by Professor David Opderbeck, Academic Director of the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology. The Entertainment Law track is overseen by Associate Professor Brenda Saunders.

Students may easily use the following guidelines before making their course selections. Course advisement sessions are held once a semester, usually just prior to registration, should any students have concerns or questions. Students may also contact Helen Cummings, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs & Online Learning, with particular questions at helen.cummings@shu.edu or 973-642-8380.

Concentration Requirements
Once a student has decided to pursue the Concentration, he/she must complete either the Intellectual Property Law Concentration form.  This form should be submitted by the end of the first week of classes in the student's final semester.

The Intellectual Property Law track requires a minimum of 13 credits.  You must complete three of the four required survey courses below.

Required survey courses:

Copyright (3) - INDL 8301
Intellectual Property (3) - INDL 7301
Patent Law (3) - INDL 8303
Trademark and Unfair Competition (3) - INDL 8302

Successful completion of four remaining credits from the following qualifying courses:

Administrative Law (3) - PUBG 7801
Advanced Topics in Internet Law (3) - INDL 9331

Antitrust (2) - PUBG 8801
Biotechnology and the Law (2) - HLTH 9529
Health Information Privacy and Security (2) - HLTH 7518
Independent Research (2) - WRTG 9142
Information Privacy Law (2 or 3) - INDL 9234
Intellectual Property Licensing (2) - INDL 9315
Internet Law (3) - INDL 8309
Genetics: Law, Policy and Bioethics (2) - INDL 9318
Mass Media Law (2) - INDL 7319
Patent Claim Drafting (2) - INDL 9305
Trademark Registration (2) - INDL 9322
Patent Application Preparation and Prosecution (2) - INDL 9310

Relevant moot court and writing competitions as available.

THE ENTERTAINMENT LAW TRACK

The Entertainment Law track requires a minimum of 14 credits as follows.

Required survey courses:

Copyright (3) - INDL 8301
Entertainment Law (3) - INDL 7305
Patent Law (3) - INDL 8303
Trademark and Unfair Competition (3) - INDL 8302

Successful completion of two remaining credits from the qualifying courses:

Advanced Entertainment Law (3) - INDL 9314
Advanced Topics in Sports Law (3) - INDL 9302
Art Law (2) - INDL 7322
Corporate Finance (3) - CORP 8132
Entertainment Contract Negotiation and Drafting (2) - INDL 9312
Entertainment Law Externship (2) - EXTN 9180
Film Law (2) - INDL 8315
Gaming Law (2) - INDL 7325
Independent Research (2) - WRTG 9142
Information Privacy Law (3) - INDL 9234
Intellectual Property Licensing (2) - INDL 9315
Internet Law (3) - INDL 8309
Labor Law (3) - LABR 7102
Law in the Music Industry (2) - INDL 8312
Legal Issues in Online Communities (3) - INDL9327
Mass Media Law (2) - INDL 7319
Negotiation Skills and IP Issues in Sports (2) - PRMD9230
Securities Regulation (3) - CORP 8131
Sports Law (2) - INDL 7308
Sports Law Externship (2) - EXTN 9306
Trademark Registration (2) - INDL 9322
Relevant moot court and writing competitions as available.