2015 Summer Session

Summer Session 2014

Washington, DC: June 1, 2014 - June 19
Geneva, Switzerland: June 29 - July 17


WCL Classroom

Current WCL Students:  Register for Washington, D.C. Classes through my.au starting April 

Certificate/CLE (Non-JD Credit):  Application for Washington, D.C. 

Visiting JD (For-Credit):  Application for Washington, D.C. (confirm with pijip@wcl.american.edu) 

Application for Geneva, Switzerland


Each summer, American University Washington College of Law’s renowned intellectual property program offers a unique selection of courses in two policymaking centers, Washington D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland. The ABA-accredited programs are designed for current law students as well as practitioners. Courses are offered on an a la carte basis, or may be combined into concentrations to recieve special Certificates of Completion. 

U.S. law students may apply with their home institutions for academic credit for any of the courses. Academic credit may also be available for foreign law school students at schools that have partnerships with WCL. For a list of internatioanl partners, see http://www.wcl.american.edu/international/partners.cfm. Courses are also eligible for continuing legal education credits (CLE) or for a Certificate of Completion. 

Program Courses

Washington D.C., June 1-19

CapitolIntellectual Property, Trade and Environment
Taught by Jeremy de Beer, Professor, University of Ottawa
1 Academic Credit

Introduction to International Intellectual Property Law I: Foundations

Taught by Michael Carroll, American University
June 2-5 MTWTH, 9:00am-12:00pm - 1 Academic Credit

International Copyright and Free Trade Agreements
Taught by Sean Flynn, American University 
1 Academic Credit 

IP Management and Business Strategy
Taught by Carolyn Wimbly Martin, Lutzker & Lutzker LLP
1 Academic Credit

IP Protection of Mobile Applications
Taught by Jon Grossman, Dickstein and Shapiro, LLP
1 Academic Credit  

Pharmaceutical Regulation and Litigation Under Hatch Waxman
Taught by Sanya Sukduang, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
1 Academic Credit                                                                   

Design and Fashion Protection
Taught by Christine Haight Farley, American University
1 Academic Credit                                                               

Post Grant Review Before the Patent and Trademark Office
Taught by David Cavanaugh, WilmerHale
1 Credit      



Geneva Switzerland, June 19 -July 17

GenevaInternational Intellectual Property at the World Intellectual Property Organization
Sean Flynn, American University Washington College of Law
2 Academic Credits

The World Trade Organization: Rule Making and Dispute Settlement
Padideh Ala’i, Professor, American University Washington College of Law
2 Academic Credits






Washington D.C. Applications

Current American University Washington College of Law JD and LL.M. students enroll through my.au.american.edu 

Visiting students who wish to enroll for ABA-accredited law school academic credit must consult their home institutions and enroll with WCL's Office of the Registrar (202-274-4080202-274-4080).

Applications for non-credit participants (CLE or a Certificate of Attendance) are being accepted through an online form. Discounts are available for groups of four or more students and for taking multiple courses.

Written cancellation received three business days prior to the sessions will be fully refunded (pijip@wcl.american.edu). Cancellations after that time will not be refunded, however, reading materials will be sent and access to webcasts will be provided if available. Substitutions will be considered.

Questions may be directed to pijip@wcl.american.edu.  

Geneva Applications

All applicants apply online at: www.wcl.american.edu/internationalorganizations/ 

Fees for Geneva courses include housing and local transportation.   

Housing Applications

Download form here


Summer Program Fees

 Click here for Summer Program Registration and Costs.

Specialized Certificates of Completion

The PIJIP Summer Sessions offer three Certificates of Completion in specific concentration areas. Each concentration requires the completion of at least two (2) courses in the concentration area. The concentration will be noted on the Certificate of Completion received upon successful completion of the courses.

Certificates in International Intellectual Property will be awarded for successful completion of at least two of any of the following courses:

  • Introduction to International Intellectual Property (Foundations)
  • International Copyright and Free Trade Agreements
  • Intellectual Property, Trade and Environment

Certificates in Intellectual Property and New Technologies will be awarded for successful completion of at least two of any of the following courses

  • Intellectual Property and Business Strategy
  • Intellectual Property and Mobile Applications
  • Fashion and Design Law

Certificates in Patent Law Practice will be awarded for successful completion of at least two of any of the following courses:

  • Pharmaceutical Regulation and Litigation Under Hatch Waxman
  • Post Grant Reviews before the PTO
  • Introduction to Pharmaceutical Law

International Participants

American University Washington College of Law's Specialized Summer Programs offer foreign attorneys, business professionals, and representatives of international organizations the opportunity to explore specific subjects pertinent to issues within and across professions. Hosted at the law school's campus in Washington, D.C., these programs offer practitioners the opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world.

Please visit the individual program pages for details on fees and the application process. International participants should use the certificate or CLE form when registering for summer program sessions.


Visa Information: As this is a professional development program, participants should request a B-1 visa when applying for entry into the United States. Please be sure to indicate your Visa requirement needs when registering for any of our programs. Visit the U.S. Department of State's website for information on the Visa process and the Visa Waiver Program: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1265.html.