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

These students have an opportunity to develop a firm grounding in a variety of IP fields by exploring diverse topics that include trademarks & copyrights in the digital age, computer and internet law, patent litigation, sports law, and video game law.

They also have an opportunity to 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 hands-on insight in regard to protecting the creative works of artists, musicians, and inventors.

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


In order to complete the intellectual property concentration, a student must take Administrative Law (LAWS 114) prior to graduation. Credit for that course does not count toward the 18-credit concentration requirement.


To receive the certificate for this concentration, a student must earn 18 intellectual property–related credits from the following list.  Please note that some courses are offered every other year.

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 331Intellectual Property3-4
LAWS 332Patent Law2
LAWS 333Advanced Patents2-3
LAWS 335Patent Litigation2
LAWS 344Law, Science and Technology3
LAWS 349Antitrust3-4
LAWS 350Health Care Antitrust3-4
LAWS 409Drug and Device Law2-3
LAWS 417Intellectual Property Externship 12-5
LAWS 437Computer and Internet Law2
LAWS 506Entertainment Law2
LAWS 509Sports Law2
LAWS 596Franchise Law3
LAWS 633Intellectual Property in Life Science2
LAWS 674Video Game Law2
LAWS 707Patent Practice & Procedure Exp Patent Practice & Proc. Exp2-3

An IP externship may provide up to five additional credits with 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.

IP-related courses taken at other law schools or in other QU departments may be counted for up to six credits toward the IP concentration certificate with the approval of the concentration director.

1. Writing Requirement

Students must write a substantial paper—or a series of shorter papers that together comprise the equivalent of a substantial paper—on a topic or topics related to intellectual property.

To qualify for substantial paper credit, the paper must be submitted to the concentration director for review. 

2. 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.

3. Waiver

The concentration director and the associate dean for academic affairs may waive any requirements for the concentration if they agree to do so.