Thomas M. Cooley Law School offers the largest number of courses in intellectual property, according to The Mitchell Report on Intellectual Property Curricula, an independent report by researchers at William Mitchell Law School.
Cardozo School of Law, Whittier College and Chicago-Kent follow Cooley with William Mitchell in fifth place in the study. The study measured curricula at 205 ABA-accredited law schools and 17 non-ABA accredited schools.
“Several years ago, Cooley Law School identified intellectual property law as a critical legal specialty with expanding opportunities for Cooley graduates,” said Associate Dean Charles Cercone, Cooley Law School’s Dean of Faculty. “Our commitment to IP law includes an innovative online curriculum that addresses the needs of students with technical backgrounds interested in patent law and those planning to practice in non-technical areas.”
The Mitchell Report rankings are based on the breadth and depth of each law school’s IP curriculum, reflecting the number of course offerings and the availability of courses in designated categories. The most popular courses include “fundamentals” (163 law schools), “patents intro” (155), Copyright (150) and Trademark (140). The least common course in the study was “trademark litigation,” which is only offered by five schools.
Twenty schools currently offer an LL.M. in intellectual property, including Cooley, Cardozo and Chicago-Kent.