American University Washington College is perennially recognized as among the top places in the world to study intellectual property law. The program builds on AUWCL's other major strengths, including in international law, public interest law and clinical legal education. The law school’s diverse and innovative courses offer students the opportunity to develop a broad and deep expertise in intellectual property and information law subjects, including through a unique LL.M Degree in Intellectual Property Law. AUWCL's first of its kind Intellectual Property Clinic and path-breaking Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property anchor an academic environment that is unique in the world.
The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is the institutional home of the internationally recognized intellectual property and information law research and academic program of AU WCL. PIJIP implements AUWCL’s motto – Champion What Matters – through a large array of research and public impact projects that focus on promoting the public interest in intellectual property and information law. PIJIP projects include the hosting of www.infojustice.org, a leading IP news and analysis blog, and Creative Commons-U.S. – the U.S. affiliate of the global network of Creative Commons membership organizations. PIJIP hosts dozens of events, meetings and conferences every year.
The first of its kind Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic is part of AUWCL's renowned Clinical Program.
Student attorneys in the clinic represent clients in a range of matters that include advising creative artists, non-profit organizations, small inventors and entrepreneurs, scholars, traditional communities, and others who otherwise would not have access to high-quality intellectual property legal services. Students work in a variety of forums including the U.S. Copyright Office, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
AUWCL's LL.M. in Intellectual Property is designed for U.S. and foreign attorneys who seek specialized knowledge in the complex, rapidly evolving and increasingly global field of intellectual property law. The LL.M requires successful completion of 24 credits of coursework, including the writing of a thesis or an equivalent substantial written work product.
PIJIP's Intellectual Property Summer Session offers a variety of shortcourses in intellectual property law in Washington D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland. Courses for credit or practice certificate are available for full time students and practitioners. Credit transfer agreements are available for law students from other U.S. or foreign law schools.
WCL students have recieved a variety of public and private scholarships for those
particularly interested in intellectual property law, including those linked above.
Studying law in Washington, D.C. provides students with unique opportunities to integrate practical experience with theory learned in the classroom. AUWCL students have worked in a wide variety of intellectual property-focused organizations, including the U.S. Copyright Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Communications Commission, legislative committees of Congress, intergovernmental institutions, and non-profit organizations and associations.
WCL students regularly receive fellowships supported by universities and civil society
groups for recent law school graduates who wish to research public
interest areas of intellectual property law.
WCL students have won cash, scholarships and publication
through a number of writing competitions focused specifically on intellectual
property. See enclosed for examples.
WCL students manage a number of affinity groups and student-edited
journals with an intellectual property or related focus.
Find out how alumni working in intellectual property careers describe their experience at AUWCL.