Increasingly law students at Northeastern University are drawn to the wide range of law and policy issues associated with innovative new products and services, Internet activities, technological developments and creative industries — and the opportunity to advise individuals, new ventures, businesses and nonprofit organizations in this dynamic legal environment. The concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation helps students to study copyright, patent, trademark and other intellectual property (IP) laws and to prepare for a variety of practice areas (including operational advice, transactional work, litigation and policy) for all sorts of clients (from new ventures to companies with global IP portfolios and inventors to government registries and regulators). The School of Law’s expanding curriculum of IP law and practice courses are taught by leading scholars and experienced practitioners. The student-led IP clinic engages students as law practice entrepreneurs in the university’s innovation ecosystem.

Concentration advisor: Professor Kristin Madison

Core Courses:

  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Relevant Courses:

  • Accounting and Finance for Lawyers
  • Antitrust
  • Bioproperty
  • Branding Law and Practice
  • Creative and Innovative Economies
  • Entertainment Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • IP Transactions Practice
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Information Security Law
  • Internet Law
  • Lab Seminar in Applied Design and Legal Empowerment
  • Law & Technology
  • Legislation and Regulation


  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.
  • Students must submit a “Concentration Declaration Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs no later than October 1st of their last year.
  • To finalize the concentration, students must submit a “Concentration Certification of Completion Form” to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs not later than the end of the second week of their final quarter.

Please note that concentrations are available only to those students who entered in the fall 2020 term or prior.  
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