A specialized curriculum

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 JD degree with an Intellectual Property Certificate of 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
  • Artist's Representative


  • 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.
Core Courses (complete at least three of the following courses)
Course Units
Copyright Law 3
Patent Law 3
Survey of Intellectual Property Law 3
Trademark Law 2


Elective Courses (complete two courses)
Course Units
Computer & Internet Law 3
International Intellectual Property 1 to 3
Patent Prosecution 2
Sports Law 2
U.S. Antitrust and International Competition Law 2