Intellectual Property Certificate of Concentration

Intellectual Property Certificate of Concentration

Intellectual property law is one of the most dynamic fields in the legal profession — for lawyers with and without undergraduate degrees in science. In order to meet the growing demand for lawyers in this area of practice, McGeorge offers courses in intellectual property law and a specialized curriculum leading to a J.D. degree with an Intellectual Property Concentration. Careers in Intellectual Property Law include: Patent Lawyer, Copyright Lawyer, Entertainment Lawyer, Trademark Lawyer, Intellectual Property Litigator, Media Lawyer, Trademark Examiner, Patent Examiner, In-house Counsel for movie studios and biotech, publishing, software, and Internet companies, or Artist's Representative. 

How to Apply

Apply by submitting the online application, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the certificate of concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.  The Director has discretion to substitute core and elective courses.

Requirements & Curriculum

  • Complete at least three (3) Core Courses
  • Complete at least two (2) units of Elective Courses. Students who complete all four Core Courses may apply two (2) units towards their elective units.
  • A minimum of 14 units are required to complete the Intellectual Property Certificate of Concentration.
  • The Director has discretion to substitute core and elective courses.
14 units minimum required for completion of Concentration
CORE COURSES (complete at least three courses)UNITS
LAW 265Copyright Law3
LAW 266Patent Law3
LAW 275Survey of Intellectual Property Law3
LAW 285Trademark Law2
ELECTIVE COURSES (complete two courses)
LAW 267Patent Prosecution2
LAW 280U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law2
LAW 290Computer and Internet Law3
LAW 297Sports Law2-3
LAW 680International Intellectual Property1-3


Professor Michael Mireles, Director of the Intellectual Property Concentration: | 916.739.7154