IP@STU: The Intellectual Property Certificate at St. Thomas University School of Law

Official information on the St. Thomas Law IP certificate may be found at https://www.stu.edu/law/academics/certificate-programs. This page contains additional non-official relevant information on the certificate from certificate Director Professor Ira Steven Nathenson.

IP@STU certificate description

IP@STU means IP law at St. Thomas University. A Certificate in Intellectual Property Law will be awarded to a J.D. student that completes a minimum of 12 credit hours of designated course work and completes a skills component. The program course options provide innovative skills and writing opportunities to help students prepare for the digital economy. Many of the program courses provide an emphasis on integrating doctrinal studies with a practical context. Students will oftentimes engage in simulations of legal practice in order to develop practice skills, professional knowledge, and to assemble job placement portfolios.

Number of credits

The certificate requires students to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of designated course work.

Required courses

Students must first complete at least three of the following four courses:

Optional courses

Students may also take any of these courses to meet the total required credit hours. See the course catalogue for descriptions. See the program director regarding which courses may be in current rotation.

  • Administrative Law (3 credits)
  • Advanced Civil Procedure: Complex Litigation (2 or 3 credits)
  • Bioethics: Controversies in Law and Medicine Seminar (2 credits)
  • Cyberlaw (3 credits)
  • Cyberlaw Seminar (2 credits)
  • Cyber Security Law Seminar (2 credits)
  • Entertainment Law (3 credits)
  • First Amendment Law (3 credits)
  • First Amendment Law Seminar (2 credits)
  • Intellectual Property (3 credits)
  • Internet Governance Law & Policy Seminar (2 credits)
  • Sports Law (2 credits)

Skills component

The skills component is a routine part of the core IP courses that exceed one credits. Thus, by taking Branding, Copyright, and/or Innovations, you will satisfy the skills requirement of the IP certificate. Many of the skills learned will be based on experiential learning and simulations. Many of these activities are aimed towards you developing useful legal skills and creating job portfolios. Since you must take three of the four core courses, you will by definition take several courses will experiential or simulation skills components. Note that the three-credit optional Cyberlaw class is also skills-based.

To apply

For further information and to apply for the certificate, contact Professor Nathenson in person or via email, and submit the form found here. Note that the Law School requires students to declare a certificate program a semester prior to completion of degree requirements for the Juris Doctor program. As a practical matter, you should declare earlier than that so that the Program Director can help you to make sure you meet the certificate requirements.

Revised Jan. 8, 2018