To earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property, a student must complete the 86 credit 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:

Complete at least 15 credit hours from the listed Intellectual Property courses.

Required Courses

  • LAW 447 PATENT LAW
  • LAW 344 COPYRIGHT LAW
  • LAW 271 TRADEMARK & UNFAIR COMPETITION LAW
  • One of the Elective Courses from the list below that has been designated by a plus (+). These courses are intended to satisfy General IP Certificate writing requirements.  With approval from Professor Kwall, students may substitute a different writing course for this requirement.
  • At least one elective course from the list below (3 credits).

Earn a minimum GPA of 3.2 in all Intellectual Property courses.

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

Please note that if a student takes more than 15 credit hours of IP/IT courses or practicums, all grades earned in those courses will be factored into the minimum 3.2 GPA requirement.

Previously taught courses offered in other DePaul Colleges and new courses and seminars that may be added to the curriculum may qualify with approval from CIPLIT Director Professor Roberta Kwall for the general intellectual property certificate as an elective course. 

The Intellectual Property Survey course is not intended for students in the certificate programs.  If students do take the IP Survey and later decide to seek the certificate, the IP Survey will count towards the 3.2 GPA requirement, but will not count toward the fifteen (15) credit requirement.

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 below that are offered by visiting faculty and adjunct faculty apply toward this Certificate.

Certificate Application

Students may only apply for one certificate.  Students who entered law school in the 2011-2012 cycle or earlier may choose to qualify for the General Intellectual Property Certificate under the requirements previously in effect until May of 2013.  These requirements may be found on the College of Law website.

Contact Professor Roberta Kwall, Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT)

Electives Courses, Seminars and Practicum

(+) Elective Courses