To earn a Certificate in Patent Law, 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 requirements:

Complete at lease 15 credit hours from the listed Intellectual Property courses as follows:

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

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 hours of intellectual property and information technology related courses or practicums, 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 with approval from Professor Joshua Sarnoff for the patent law certificate as an elective course.  In addition, students may seek approval from Professor Sarnoff to substitute a three-credit independent study for the 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 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.

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 Information Technology Certificate under the requirements previously in effect.

Contact Joshua D. Sarnoff, Professor of Law

Elective Courses, Seminars and Practicum