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IP Law Curriculum at BU Law

BU Law recognizes the importance that IP law plays in our society. For this reason, IP Law is integrated into every part of our curriculum. The School offers an IP Law concentration in our J.D. program, dual degree programs involving IP Law, an IP focus within our Legislation Clinic as well as a highly selective Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property Law. BU Law also annually publishes professional articles and student-written notes in the Journal of Science & Technology Law.

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Intellectual property courses for the 2009–2010 academic year

  • Antitrust, Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy
  • Copyright Law
  • E-commerce for the Business Lawyer
  • Energy Law & Policy*
  • Food, Drug and Cosmetic Law
  • Independent Study in Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Legislation Clinic
  • International Intellectual Property*
  • Lawyering in the 21st Century
  • Medical Research and the Law*
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Prosecution*
  • Representing Life Sciences Companies*
  • Software and the Law*
  • Topics in Trademark Law*
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition
  • Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants

*Denotes seminar

J.D. Concentration in Intellectual Property Law
At BU Law, Intellectual Property Law brings together expertise in three core areas: patent, copyright and trademark. Intellectual Property Law is one of the most challenging and high-profile areas of the law. Our internationally known faculty of scholars, wide-ranging curriculum choices and a student body diverse in specialties like high technology, engineering, biotechnology, publishing and arts and entertainment equip students to address complex intellectual property issues at an advanced level. BU Law’s strong relationships with the legal community and the technology industries in Greater Boston give students additional exposure to top practitioners in the field.


IP Law Speaker Series
The Intellectual Property Speaker Series is an important element of BU Law’s comprehensive IP Program. The Speaker Series gives students and faculty the opportunity to interact with leading thinkers from around the world in an exciting workshop setting.

Past topics include:

  • Software Patents
  • Trademarks and Consumer Search Costs on the Internet
  • IP Law and the Boundaries of the Firm
  • Patents and Growth: Empirical Evidence from the States

Dual degrees

J.D./M.B.A. in Law & Management

The growth of new communication technologies has created a need for lawyers with specialized training in the
The joint J.D./M.B.A. in Law and Management is a great option for those interested in combining management and law courses with IP-related subjects such as IP licensing or the strategic management of an IP portfolio. The J.D./M.B.A. program can be completed in as little as four years.

J.D./M.S. in Law & Mass Communications

technological, marketing and legal sectors. In response, the School of Law and the College of Communication offer a unique program that allows students to acquire a law degree and a master’s degree in mass communication in three and a half years. Class topics offered through this dual-degree opportunity include broadband communications and the Internet.

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law

BU Law is proud to offer a very select group of lawyers the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in one of the most dynamic fields of legal practice today: intellectual property. Our world-renowned intellectual property faculty, the breadth of curricular choices in such emerging topics as the Internet and biotechnology, and a graduate student body representing more than 30 nations — with backgrounds in technology, engineering, biotechnology, publishing, the arts and entertainment — create a truly invigorating learning environment for advanced study.

IP law opportunities

  • The Legislation Policy & Drafting Clinic allows students to work with clients and provide legislative solutions to issues relating to intellectual property. Participants learn client interviewing, fact investigation, legal research, drafting and revision. The end product is a draft bill with extensive accompanying documentation. A board of student editors and faculty advisors guides students through the stages of drafting the bill and writing the supporting memorandum. In the process, the clinic exposes students to issues surrounding the evolving IP field, including problems of privacy, copyright and fair use, patent protection, interstate and international jurisdiction, and free speech.
  • The Journal of Science & Technology Law publishes scholarship on the interaction between science, technology and the law. This includes the fields of biotechnology law, computer and communications law, intellectual property, technology transfer, and business law for technology-based companies. The Journal annually publishes professional articles and student-written notes in two hard-copy volumes, and condenses the material onto a CD-ROM. In addition, each volume is available online at www.bujstl.org. Some of the most recent articles published include “Arsenic and Old Chemistry: Images of Mad Alchemists, Experts Attacking Experts, and the Crisis in Forensic Science” and “Preserving Creativity from Endless Digital Exploitation: Has the Time Come for the New Concept of Copyright Dilution?

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