Students in our intellectual property concentration investigate key issues related to patents, trademarks, copyrighting and trade secrets.

These students develop a firm grounding in a variety of fields that intellectual property law affects by exploring topics such as computer and internet law, patent litigation, sports law and cybersecurity law. They also can participate in an externship within a law firm or corporate legal department to gain practical experience regarding the types of intellectual property work that lawyers do, and to gain insight in regard to protecting the creativity of artists, musicians and inventors.

Students in the IP concentration also can utilize externships to gain exposure to Connecticut’s extensive base of biomedical, aerospace and entertainment industries, which are fertile sectors for lawyers who specialize in IP law. Through such an externship opportunity, the student can learn IP law in a hands-on manner, while contributing to social needs at the intersection of law, the arts and technology.

For specific information on the program offerings, please contact:

Professor Dale Carlson
Director, Intellectual Property Concentration
Quinnipiac University School of Law
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: 203-582-3225
Fax: 203-582-3255

Intellectual Property Concentration


To be eligible for the intellectual property concentration, a student must take Administrative Law (LAWS 114) as one of the core electives. Credit for that course does not count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement.


1. Coursework

To receive the certificate for this concentration, a student must earn 18 intellectual property specialty credits, divided as follows (not all courses are offered every year):

Required Coursework

At least 15 of the 18 credits must be earned from the following list of basic intellectual property courses:

Required Course
LAWS 331Intellectual Property3-4
Choose from the following basic intellectual property courses:
LAWS 116Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices3
LAWS 117Trademarks and Copyright in the Digital Age2
LAWS 292Independent Research Project W2
LAWS 293Independent Research Project W3
LAWS 329Communications Laws3
LAWS 332Patent Law2
LAWS 333Advanced Patents2-3
LAWS 335Patent Litigation2
LAWS 417Intellectual Property Externship 12-5
LAWS 437Computer and Internet Law2
LAWS 506Entertainment Law2
LAWS 509Sports Law2
LAWS 596Franchise Law3

Externship with intellectual property emphasis – up to 6 credits with written approval by the concentration director. Independent research credit with an intellectual property emphasis is also available with written approval by the concentration director and the supervising professor.

Remaining Credits
Choose from the following courses related to intellectual property:
LAWS 344Law, Science and Technology3
LAWS 349Antitrust3
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 409Drug and Device Law2-3
LAWS 430International Trade3
LAWS 516International Business Trans.3
LAWS 633Intellectual Property in Health Care2
LAWS 650Information Privacy Law2-3
Other coursework or journal work as approved by the concentration director
IP-related courses taken at other law schools or in summer programs (with approval of the concentration director)up to 5

2. Writing Requirement

Students must write a substantial paper—or a series of shorter writings that together comprise the equivalent of a substantial paper—on a topic or topics related to intellectual property. (If a student writes a substantial paper, a student may use that paper to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement, provided that the paper meets the guidelines set forth in the Academic Regulations, section I.E.) The concentration director must approve the topic or topics for the written work used to satisfy this requirement. A paper written for a journal may qualify if the concentration director approves the topic and the paper as written. 

3. Honors

Students who achieve a GPA of 3.20 or better in the coursework used for the concentration will receive the certificate for the concentration with honors.

4. Opt-Out Option 

A student may designate any course or paper as not counting toward the concentration, so long as it is not required for the concentration and the student meets the concentration requirements with another course or paper.

5. Waiver

The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration (other than the GPA requirement for honors), if they both agree to do so.