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APPROXIMATELY THREE DOZEN IPIL-RELATED COURSES ARE OFFERED REGULARLY at the UH Law Center. All of these courses meet the degree requirements for the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) degree and most apply to the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in intellectual property and information law.


The UH Law Center offers both full-time and part-time programs leading to the J.D. degree. J.D. candidates must complete 90 credit hours and may select intellectual property and information law courses that reflect their individual interests. Students interested in applying to the J.D. Program should contact the Office of Admissions for an application at 713.743.2280 or Applications also can be accessed at


The LL.M. Program provides an academic environment for practicing lawyers who wish to expand their knowledge of intellectual property and information law.  Only a limited number of candidates are accepted for full-time or part-time studies, and admission is highly competitive. Applicants from the United States must hold a J.D. degree from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Lawyers who hold law degrees from foreign countries must meet academic and English-language standards for admission.

LL.M. candidates must complete 24 credit hours of approved courses (including a minimum of 15 credit hours of IPIL courses), with a qualifying cumulative grade-point average. An optional thesis is available. Class scheduling and availability vary from year to year. Most IPIL courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Generally, IPIL courses are not available in the summer. For Law Center J.D. students, a joint J.D./LL.M. program is available. Thesis supervision occurs during the fall and spring semesters only. For details about the LL.M. Program, visit


Second- and third-year law students in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school are eligible to spend one or two semesters at the UH Law Center and to enroll in its IPIL curriculum as well as other upper-division courses. Participants are accorded “visiting” status and receive their law degrees from their home schools. Students interested in visiting the UH Law Center should contact the Office of Admissions at 713.743.2280 or


Students also have the option of applying for transfer to the Law Center. Transfer admissions are highly competitive. First consideration is given to applicants who have performed extremely well in their first year of law school. Applicants must have completed all or most of the Law Center's first-year required courses. Successful applicants must have a minimum number of semester hours to apply and may transfer a maximum number of semester hours of credit, with hours rather than grades to be noted on their final UH Law Center transcripts. Other intake conditions apply. Students interested in transferring to the UH Law Center, and learning the detailed intake conditions such as the minimum and maximum intake transfer hours, should contact the Office of Admissions at 713.743.2280 or


ADVANCED TOPICS IN COPYRIGHT LAW SEMINAR provides students the opportunity for in-depth exploration of topics of interest to them, including technological, international, and historical problems in the field of copyright law.

ANALYTIC METHODS FOR LAWYERS exposes students to a diverse and contemporary set of computational and technological skills for understanding law, expert testimony, and the latest in legal technology.

ANTITRUST LAW explores the law and economics of antitrust policy and the methods for enforcing antitrust policy. Emphasis is placed on the issues of monopolization, mergers, price fixing, and state and local government actions impacting the competitive process.

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE LAW examines ethical, legal, and policy issues concerning new medical technologies related to genetic information, including consideration of regulatory frameworks to ensure appropriate incentives for research and commercialization of biotechnologies.

COMMUNICATION LAW examines regulation and policy concerned with various forms of mass media in the U.S., including radio and television, as well as telecommunications regulations, law, and policy.

CONSUMER LAW examines consumer law issues in both traditional and electronic/internet marketplaces, including an emphasis on the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

CONTRACT DRAFTING helps students prepare for drafting, reviewing, analyzing, explaining, and negotiating contracts. Typical contracts considered may include agreements involving employment, leases, distribution, services, licenses, stock-options, change-of-control, arbitration, and/or settlements.

COPYRIGHT LAW deals with the regulation of creative works of authorship (literature, music, art, computer programs, etc.) under U.S. Code Title 17.

CRIME IN THE INFORMATION AGE examines the intersection of two fields, criminal law and the law of information and intellectual property.

DATA PROTECTION IN CORPORATE PRACTICE explores the basic principles of data protection and privacy law as applied to the conduct of corporations.

eDISCOVERY examines the increased impact of technology in the legal field, including significant changes in the way litigation, and specifically discovery, is handled.

ENTERTAINMENT LAW blends concepts and skills derived from intellectual property, contracts, and torts, with emphasis on recent Internet-based developments in the relevant entertainment industries.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP explores entrepreneurship and specifically considers the challenges and strategies typically encountered in becoming a successful entrepreneur, with particular emphasis on technology and the law relating to it.

GENETICS AND THE LAW examines ethical, legal, and policy issues concerning new genetic technologies.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ADVANCED TOPICS SEMINAR is a treatment of specialized subjects in intellectual property law.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SURVEY covers domestic intellectual property laws— patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret—through statutes and cases, with attention to the needs both of non-specialty students desiring a one-time overview of the basics of IPIL law, and of soon-to-be IPIL specialists seeking more detailed study.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT examines the legal and managerial issues facing an intellectual property or information-based organization from its start-up phase through either an initial public offering (IPO) or an acquisition by another firm.

INTERNATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY examines both international IP law itself and comparative aspects of IP law among major trading countries and regions of the world.

INTERNET LAW is a survey of legal issues arising from the rapid growth of Internet and other online communications. Coverage includes intellectual property, First Amendment, criminal, and privacy issues.

IP FOR TECH STARTUPS provides an integrated learning experience for all major areas of intellectual property and information law that relate to technology startups.

LICENSING AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER examines techniques for licensing rights in technology and the ways of employing and transferring such rights.

LL.M. THESIS COURSE affords IPIL Master of Laws candidates the opportunity to produce thesis-quality scholarship, under the supervision of IPIL faculty, in an area of intellectual property law or information law.

PATENT LAW examines the substantive law of patents as a means for protecting inventive ideas. The course focuses on conditions necessary to obtain a patent, infringement, and enforcing patent rights through patent litigation.

PATENT PROSECUTION considers substantive law and procedures governing the patent application process and emphasizes practical application of the rules to real-life situations.

PATENT REMEDIES AND DEFENSES studies issues commonly arising in modern patent litigation. The course examines necessary parties, remedies, and affirmative defenses.

PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION covers the basic principles of privacy and data protection law, including federal privacy statutes relating to surveillance, record-keeping, and health information, as well as state privacy statutes, the privacy-related activities of the Federal Trade Commission, and the privacy law in the European Union.

PROCEDURE OF PATENT LITIGATION provides hands-on experience with issues that patent litigators face in day-to-day trial preparation, examining a hypothetical patent case from inception, through the Markman hearing, to trial, with additional attention to the relationship between district courts and the Federal Circuit in patent litigation.

SPORTS LAW treats topics such as representation of athletes in contract negotiations and endorsements, related IP matters, the player-club contractual relationship, anti-trust and collective bargaining issues, and sports tort liability.

TRADE SECRETS surveys the practical aspects of trade secrets as they relate to protection by contract and operation of law, relationships of the parties, public law constraints, adversarial considerations, and licensing.

TRADEMARK AND UNFAIR COMPETITION considers the evolution and practice of trademark and related unfair competition law, with emphasis on litigation strategy.

TRADEMARK PROSECUTION provides hands-on training and instruction on the procedure of trademark prosecution, from pre-application searching through the filing of renewal documents ten years after registration. Discussions will focus on statutory law, case precedent, and the USPTO's Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure.