​To earn a Certificate in Arts and Museum Law, a student must complete the eighty-six (86) semester hours required for the Juris Doctor degree and satisfy all JD requirements. Within the elective course work required for the JD degree, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

Course Requirements

Elective Courses and Seminars

Choose at least two courses from the list below, of which at least one must be from the list of core courses (six credit houirs)

Core Courses

All courses are three (3) credits unless otherwise indicated. Certificate courses may not be audited.

Please note that if a student takes more thn fifteen hours of intellectual property and information technology related courses, all grades earned in those courses will be factored into the minimum 3.2 GPA requirement.

Previously taught courses, courses offered in other DePaul Colleges, and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify for the arts and museum law certificate with approval from Professor Gerstenblith as an elective course.  In additon, with approval of Professor Gerstenblith, students may substitute a different writing seminar or a three-credit independent study for the required writing assignment.

Academic credits received from law school journals, including the Journal of Art, Technology and Intellectual Property Law, do not count toward the credits required for the Certificate.  Please note that the listed courses and seminars that are offered by visiting faculty and adjunct faculty apply toward this Certificate.

LAW 535


(3 hrs) Focuses on issues concerning legal issues and the arts. Includes the international regimes for copyright protection, comparison of different national copyright systems, and definition and treatment of artists' (moral) rights in their works. Ethical and legal aspects of international trade in art objects and antiquities, national and international attempts to control such trade, and issues involved in protection of cultural property and cultural resource management, as well a conflicts of law in the recovery of stolen art works.

LAW 489


(3 hrs) Surveys the legal interests recognized by American law in intellectual and artistic creations. Legal problems involved in the economic exploitation of intellectual and artistic property rights also are discussed. No credit if completed Intellectual Property: Copyrights and Trademarks (LAW 339).
LAW 339 is a prerequisite for this class.

LAW 250


(3 hrs) Required for JD. The student must write an in-depth paper of Law Review quality on a topic of the professor's choosing.

LAW 271


(3 credits) This course will be a substantive and procedural discussion of the creation and enforcement of trademark rights and the rights conferred by statutory and common law under the general rubric of unfair competition law. Topics may include trademark law (including dilution), misappropriation of trade values and trade secrets, regulation of false and deceptive advertising, interference with contracts and trade relations and the right of publicity.

LAW 333


(3 hrs.) This course deals with issues relating to the organization and operation of the music industry. The course covers the principal statutes governing the industry and considers issues relating to the interests of both artists and recording companies.

LAW 341


3 credit hours. This course provides a survey of selected topics in the rapidly evolving area of law applied to cyberspace and the internet. The course touches upon numerous areas of substantive law such as intellectual property, torts, jurisdiction, and privacy and the First Amendment, explores how courts have applied the law to the internet, and raises the important policy questions underlying the application of law to this new medium.

LAW 344


This course will provide an in-depth study of the theory and application of copyright law. Subjects include copyright history and theory, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, renewal and reversion, ownership issues, and a study of the interface between the economic aspects of copyright and the personal interests of authors.

LAW 352


(3 credit hours) This course will take students through the principal steps of actual production and distribution of Film and Television properities and will examine the legal issues presented at each stage of production and distribution. In addition to the prerequisites, Entertainment Law (357) or Music Law (333) are recommended prior to registration in this class.

LAW 357


(3 hrs) Focuses on various aspects of entertainment law practice including performance contracts, managers and agents, recording and publishing agreements and music licensing.

LAW 429


(3-6 hrs) Students work in one of the clinic modules under the supervision of a clinical attorney concentrating on real life problems with real clients and organizations. Instructor's permission required.

LAW 454


Examines the growing importance of intellectual property in the international context. Covers the scope of protection granted trademarks, copyrights and patents in foreign jurisdictions so that effective comparisions can be made between foreign and demestic law. Explores the scope and substance of international treaties. Strategies for obtaining cost effective intellectual property protection in the global economy will be examined. 3 credit hours.
LAW 271, LAW 344, LAW 447 or LAW 489 is a prerequisite for this class.

LAW 455


(3 hrs) Legal drafting courses on various topics give students an opportunity to hone their research and writing skills on an advanced legal. Students may take one course per semester. All courses are limited enrollment.

LAW 514


(3-6 hrs) Students work in one of the clinic modules under the supervision of a clinical attorney concentrating on real life problems with real clients and organizations. Instructor's permission required.

LAW 543


(3 hrs) Focuses on the regulation of radio and television broadcasting laws as well as the regulation of cable and new satellite technology. A segment on telephone regulation is included. Also contains an entertainment law component focusing on the relationship between movie companies and other program providers and major distributors such as cable and broadcast stations. Some attention to copyright law for movies and other programs by cable systems and satellite distributors.

LAW 604


(3 hrs) Covers qualification as section 501(c) charitable organizations, rules governing conduct of commercial and political activities of charities, unrelated business income and private foundations.

LAW 524


2 or 3 credit hours. This program is designed to give upper level students practical experience in an externship with a public agency, non-profit organization, member of the judiciary, or for-profit organization, such as a private law firm or in-house counsel for a corporation. Upper level students, who have at least 28 credit hours and a GPA of 2.0, may apply to participate. Participants are accepted on a case by case basis. Externships are unpaid. No student can receive more than 3 credit hours per semester and no more than 9 credit hours toward their JD degree if 3 of those credits are earned during a summer placement. Otherwise, students are limited to 6 credits hours total. A placement for 3 credit hours is expected to complete 180 hours of work whereas 120 hours of work is expected for a 2 credit hour placement.,