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Supervised Externship Program

Dozens of employers in AUWCL’s acclaimed Supervised Externship Program provide students the opportunity to receive academic credit for substantive intellectual property, communications and technology law legal work combined with a specialized seminar reflecting on their experience. For examples of employers that participate in the program, see WCL IP Externship Employers.

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American University Again Ranks in Top 10 for Intellectual Property

American University Again Ranks in Top 10 for Intellectual Property

20 Mar, 2020

Once again, American University has been ranked in the top 10 for Intellectual Property by US News & World Report. No doubt our 45 IP courses, including the first in the nation IP Clinic (tied with Berkeley), 18 full time IP and tech faculty, 7 IP and tech student groups, including our student-run IP journal, specialized LL.M. in IP, and numerous IP and tech events, averaging one per week, have kept us in the top 10. For these reasons, American was also graded A+ in IP by National Jurist/preLaw Magazine.

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New Paper by Professor Carroll

New Paper by Prof. Carroll Describes Lawful Text and Datamining Under U.S. Copyright Law

03 Mar, 2020

This Article argues that U.S. copyright law provides a competitive advantage in the global race for innovation policy because it permits researchers to conduct computational analysis — text and data mining — on any materials to which they have access.

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Dissecting the ISOC/PIR/Ethos Transaction

Dissecting the ISOC/PIR/Ethos Transaction

24 Feb, 2020

Significant concern and confusion has been generated by the relatively recent announcement by the Internet Society ("ISOC") that it will "sell" its subsidiary, Public Interest Registries ("PIR"), to the private equity firm Ethos Capital for more than 1.1 billion dollars... Because I teach nonprofit and charity law at American University's Washington College of Law, I recently appeared on a panel about the proposed transaction.

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The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) is the internationally recognized intellectual property and information law research and academic program of American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL). PIJIP’s academic programs, including our new LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property, and a first in the nation IP Clinic, offer an unparalleled course of study in the fields of intellectual property and information law. PIJIP’s faculty is among the most prolific and engaged IP faculties in the world. Full-time faculty teach courses in every major topic of the field, including Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secret, Cyberlaw, and a full array of international intellectual property law courses.