Innovative Curriculum
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The Drake Intellectual Property Law Center offers an innovative curriculum that combines legal theory, policy analysis, practical experience and professional skills development. Students choose from close to 20 basic and advanced courses in the areas of copyright, cyberspace, patent, trademark and international intellectual property laws. This wide and ever-expanding array of courses is supplemented by related courses in agricultural law, antitrust and competition law, communications law and policy, entertainment and sports law, and health law. The School’s rigorous first-year legal writing program, its award-winning trial practicum and the advanced writing requirement provide students with a solid foundation on legal research, writing and appellate advocacy.

The Center currently offers the Global Intellectual Property Law Certificate to J.D. students. Students seeking to earn the certificate must take a combination of basic, advanced, and elective courses totaling at least 16 credits. Students are also required to complete the Advanced Writing Requirement in the area of intellectual property, technology, or media law as well as to demonstrate global competency by meeting the International Course Requirement.

Basic Courses

  • Copyright Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property (for both IP and non-IP students)
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition Law

Advanced Courses and Seminars

  • Antitrust
  • Art, Cultural Heritage and Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property in the Internet Age
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Law, Technology and Innovation
  • Mass Media Law
  • Patent Office Practice
  • Sports Law

Curriculum Enhancement

Students intending to practice in the intellectual property area are strongly encouraged to take at least two of the following:

  • Administrative Law
  • Agricultural Law - Intro (if relevant)
  • Business Associations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Federal Courts and Jurisdiction
  • Health Law - Intro (if relevant)
  • International Human Rights
  • International Trade
  • Legislation  
  • Public International Law
  • Sales

Experiential Training

The experiential component of the curriculum emphasizes hands-on training that was specially designed to maximize students’ performance after graduation. The Patent Office Practice seminar covers all aspects of the proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Transactional Clinic also provides comprehensive legal services to entrepreneurs, start-ups, and nonprofit organizations.
The Law School’s clinical program has ranked among the top 25 in the country, and its proximity to the Iowa legislature in Des Moines offers students valuable opportunities for firsthand experience in legislative practice. Because Drake is the only law school in Iowa’s capital city, students are provided with ample internship and clerkship opportunities with law firms, multinational corporations, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and federal and state judiciaries.

Students intending to practice in the intellectual property area have the opportunities to take some of the following:

  • Administrative Law Internship
  • Contract Drafting
  • Legal Interviewing and Counseling
  • Legislative Internship
  • Legislative Practice
  • Mediation
  • Moot Court - Intellectual Property
  • Negotiations
  • Transactional Clinic

Last Modified: 4/2/2015 9:52:00 PM by Peter Yu