Center for Intellectual Property, Information & Privacy Law

JD Concentration in Intellectual Property Law

UIC John Marshall's nationally ranked Intellectual Property Law program offers JD candidates interested in developing specialized expertise in intellectual property law an opportunity to enhance their degree and employability with a JD Concentration in Intellectual Property Law. Our concentration program offers two tracks: a patent track for JD candidates with technical backgrounds interested in patent law practice and a trademark/copyright track for JD candidates interested in a trademark and copyright law.


Degree candidates interested in enhancing their career opportunities with the JD Concentration in Intellectual Property Law must complete a minimum of 16 intellectual property law credit hours and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in intellectual property law coursework. JD candidates may take up to 8 credits from the LLM in Intellectual Property Law course offerings.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, and are pursuing a JD certificate are subject to certificate requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for JD degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. JD certificate requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

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Proposed Schedule

Due to the diversity of courses offered, degree candidates interested in pursuing the JD Concentration in Intellectual Property Law should consult with the Center to plan a specific degree program tailored to their needs.


Required Courses

Concentration candidates may choose to focus their concentration in Patent Law or Trademark/Copyright Law. The related required courses for each track are outlined below.

Track 1: Patent Law

Track 2: Trademark/Copyright Law

*Concentration candidates who elect to take the Patent or Trademark Clinic must take both the Class and Clinic components.

Elective Courses

Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.