Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often will the Intellectual Property courses be offered?

A: As a general rule, Patent Law is taught both day and evening in the fall only. Trademarks Law is typically taught in the day in the fall and in the evening in spring. Copyright Law is also taught once in the day and once in the evening (sometimes both classes have been in the fall, but normally they have been split between fall and spring semesters). All other classes are generally taught once each year.

Q: If I serve as a Research Assistant to a professor and receive credit, does this credit count toward the Intellectual Property Certificate Program?

A: Credit received for being a Research Assistant will only qualify for Intellectual Property Certificate requirements if the professor certifies that the work was entirely Intellectual Property Research.

Q: Will Intellectual Property courses that I take at other schools satisfy the requirements for the certificate program?

A: Those courses will only qualify for the Intellectual Property Certificate Program, subject to approval by the Program Director, if you receive a grade in that course and that grade will appear on your Chicago-Kent transcript.

Q: Do I need a technical background to participate in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program?

A: No. You must have a technical background in order to prosecute patent applications before the Patent and Trademark Office. In fact, you must sit for a separate bar exam, the Patent Bar, in order to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office. Only those with a technical background are eligible to take this Bar exam. However, you do not need a technical background to practice Trademark Law, Copyright Law, or Patent Litigation.

Q: May I take Intellectual Property courses pass/fail?

A: A student may not make the pass/fail election for any course which will be used to fulfill the requirements for the certificate. However, Moot Court credit and research assistant credit, which can only be given pass/fail, will qualify for the certificate program.

Q. Can LL.M. students participate in the Certificate Program?

A. The Certificate Program is open to only J.D. students. However, LL.M. students who are interested in studying intellectual property can pursue the LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law. For more information on this LL.M. program, please click here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Deputy Director of the IP Program, Mickie Piatt, at (312) 906-5145 or