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JD Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law Concentration

The NSU Shepard Broad College of Law offers a concentration in Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law, permitting students to obtain recognition for their concentration in intellectual-property-law-related studies. Completion of the requirements for this concentration will lead to a notation on the qualified student's transcript and a certificate suitable for framing indicating the student's focus, interest and specialized training in this area.

To earn a concentration in Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law, each student must complete the course, credit, writing and experiential requirements described below. These requirements may not be waived.

  1. Required Core Curriculum
  2. Secondary Curriculum
  3. Required Experiential Opportunities
  4. Writing Requirement
  5. Service Component

Successful completion for the concentration means a student must receive at least a grade of "C" or a "pass" (only for courses graded P/F or P/D/F)

I. Group 1 - Required Core Curriculum - All students must successfully complete any two of the following courses:
  • Copyright Law (LAW 0817) (3 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (LAW 0510) (3 credits)
  • Patent Law (LAW 0815) (2 credits)
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition (LAW 0696) (3 credits)

II. Group 2 - Secondary Curriculum - All students must successfully complete at least two (2) instructional offerings from the following list. Any courses from the required core curriculum (section 1.) that have not been taken by the student to satisfy that requirement may also count towards this requirement.
  • Entertainment Law (LAW 1048) (2 credits)
  • Information Privacy Law (LAW 0091) (3 credits)
  • International Intellectual Property Law (LAW 0705) (3 credits)
  • Participation in the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition (2 credits)

III. Group 3 - Required Experiential Opportunities - All students must successfully complete at least one (1) opportunity from the following list.
IV. Group 4 - Writing Requirement - All students must successfully complete at least one (1) opportunity meeting the upper level writing requirement. This requirement can be satisfied through any approved writing requirement seminar or a two (2) credit supervised independent research project. Either opportunity must be focused on a topic within the area of concentration as in the judgment of the advisor to the concentration to satisfy the concentration requirement. Any full-time faculty member teaching opportunities in the Group 1, Required Course Curriculum, or Group 2, Secondary Curriculum categories, may serve as the supervising professor for supervised independent research papers, upon their agreement.
  • Any College of Law seminar approved to satisfy the upper level writing requirement for graduation (with writing focus as described above)
  • Any two (2) credit supervised independent research project with a full-time faculty member teaching in Group 1 or 2. With the writing focus as described above.

V. Group 5 - Service Component - In addition to the coursework requirements specified above, students wishing to complete the IP concentration shall incorporate a 20-hour service component. The service requirement may be fulfilled by, for example, providing pro bono legal work in the area of concentration, participating in an ABA Law Student Action Group (LSAG) section approved by the concentration advisor, participating as an affiliate student member of the Florida Bar Business Law Section’s Computer Law Committee or Intellectual Property Committee, organizing or assisting with speakers' panels offered in IP seminars or workshops, or actively participating in the Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Society. Service Component work in the IP concentration may satisfy some, if not all, of the Law School’s Qualifying Service Requirement. As such, students should clear Service Component activities with the concentration faculty advisor to ensure coordination between the Law School’s and the concentration’s service requirements.

VII. Deadline - The Intellectual Property, Technology and Cybersecurity Law Completion Form must be turned into the Faculty Coordinator, by October 30th to be noted in any program for December graduation and by March 15th for May graduation. A completed Completion Form must be turned in by the last day of finals in the student's last semester in order for a notation to be noted on the student's transcript. The Faculty Coordinator of the Concentration is Associate Dean for Library Services & Professor of Law Vicenç Feliú (954) 262-6211

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