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Cardozo’s Master of Laws Curriculum

What will you gain from courses taught by leaders in intellectual property?

Earn a better understanding of how different areas of IP law overlap, including emerging technology, data, privacy, fashion, and entertainment law, while also building a strong foundation in patent, copyright, and trademark law.

Through hands-on coursework and a tight community feeling, our courses offer students an engaging and collaborative experience where they feel connected with their peers and faculty. Explore the curriculum below to see how Cardozo’s online LL.M. in Intellectual Property can be the beginning of your new future.

Core Courses (Choose 2 of 3 courses, 6 credits)

LAW 7572: Copyright Law

This course offers an in-depth look at copyright law, with special emphasis on the application of traditional copyright principles to new technologies and media of expression. Students will explore the range of copyrightable subject matter (from literary, musical, dramatic, pictorial, audiovisual, and architectural works to computer software and food recipes), issues of ownership and transferability, issues pertaining to the reproduction, distribution, and performance of copyrighted works and the creation of derivative works, and issues concerning fair use and parody. This course will not address patent, trademark, and other intellectual property protection issues.

LAW 7577: Trademark Law

This course is a basic introduction to U.S. trademark law, including common law rights and registration of trademarks at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. There will also be some discussion of trademark/domain name disputes on the internet. Economic and public policy issues involved in trademark law will be discussed throughout the course, particularly when and how trademark law is focused on protecting consumers, when and how it protects producers, and the relationship between trademark law and free expression.

LAW 7574: Patent Law

An introduction to the law and policy underlying the patent system. An analysis is undertaken of the process of obtaining a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; the legal prerequisites to patenting an invention; the relationship between this area of law and state laws governing trade secrets; the legal, commercial, and practical considerations involved in developing and protecting new technology; and the issues involved in determining and proving patent infringement. No technical background is required.

Elective Courses (Choose 5-6 courses, 15-18 credits)

LAW 7557: Antitrust Law

The antitrust laws set the ground rules for competition in the U.S. economy. This course will introduce students to the application of these laws and their theoretical underpinnings. Students will study the evolution of antitrust over time as prevailing views about its purpose have shifted. And students will learn how the antitrust laws currently are applied to agreements between firms, single-firm conduct, and mergers and acquisitions.

LAW 7775: IP Licensing and Drafting

The rising valuations of cutting-edge intellectual property assets, coupled with the increasing complexity and sophistication of large-scale M&A, has fueled a boom in complex technology transactions. This course will cover key issues and considerations that arise in these types of deals. This course will also address the emergence of new types of technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, that are having wide-ranging implications on technology transactions. Evaluation will consist of a practice-oriented assignment, reflecting the typical work product of a tech M&A associate.

LAW 5845: Fundamentals of Common Law

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the key common law areas of contracts, torts, and property. The law of contracts governs agreements. The law of torts governs responsibility for harms. The law of property governs ownership of land, objects, and intangibles. Each of these areas of law is important not only in its own right and in everyday situations, but also for the more specialized subjects covered in other courses in the program.

LAW 7521: Administrative Law

This course introduces students to administrative agencies and the regulations, and other ways in which such agencies govern or influence companies and individuals. The course covers what an administrative agency is, how agencies get their power, how they are structured, and the various ways in which agencies act, including by enacting and enforcing regulations. Students will learn how to read and interpret agency regulations, how to participate in agency proceedings, and how to respond to agency actions.

LAW 7060: Corporations

This course covers the nature and governance of corporations and other business entities. Students will learn to distinguish among different types of business entities and to understand how different entities are formed, financed, governed, and transitioned. The course also covers the duties and obligations of the various people who participate in a business entity.

LAW 7017: Information Governance

This course explores the legal and practical challenges faced by companies in managing data. Students will learn how to translate a world of legal, regulatory, and business requirements into concrete policies and procedures, in order to address global and domestic data privacy, cybersecurity, investigations and discovery, records management, business continuity, and other forms of legal, regulatory, and business risk.

LAW 7494: Privacy Law

This course covers the variety of laws and regulations governing information privacy, primarily in the United States, including tort law, communications privacy statutes, actions of the Federal Trade Commission, sector-specific laws such as HIPAA, and state laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act. Students will learn to identify when particular laws are triggered, what such laws require, and how such laws are enforced. The course covers laws that apply to the government, as well as laws that apply to private companies and individuals.

LAW 7570: Internet Law

The internet and other modern communications technologies have become a pervasive part of society and social interactions. This course examines legal issues that have arisen as a result, including liability of online platforms for the content they carry, restrictions on access to online systems, and the application of constitutional law in online and digital settings.

LAW 7859: Cybersecurity

This course covers the different laws and regulations governing data security, including the Federal Trade Commission Act, sector-specific laws such as those governing financial services companies, and state laws such as data breach notification laws. Students will learn about the different sources of legal and regulatory risk that can arise from inadequate data security, about the standards used to assess whether data security is adequate, and about how to respond to a data breach. The course will also cover both how cybercriminals are prosecuted and some of the broader policy questions that arise when trying to address cybersecurity at a national or international scale.

LAW 7992: E-Discovery

Parties in civil litigation are required to exchange documents, and that exchange is now overwhelmingly in electronic form. This course teaches the laws, technology, and best practices that apply to the production of electronic documents in litigation and to the management of such documents in anticipation of litigation.

LAW 5870: International Data Protection

This course covers privacy and data protection laws from multiple jurisdictions around the world, with a particular emphasis on Europe and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Students will learn when activities in one country potentially trigger the laws of another country, and what steps companies need to take to comply with GDPR and other global data protection laws.

Required Course for International Students (1 course, 3 credits)

LAW 5221: Introduction to U.S. Law

This course gives students a basic understanding of how law and the American legal system work. It covers the different sources and forms of law, how legal cases arise and are decided, and the roles of judges and courts in deciding cases. The course also discusses what lawyers do and the role of lawyers in the legal system. Students will learn how to read cases and statutes, how to engage in legal reasoning, and how to synthesize different legal sources. This course, taken in the first semester of study, serves as a foundation for the other courses in the program.

Admissions Dates and Deadlines

Jun
15
Priority Application Deadline
June 15, 2021
Fall 2021 Term
Aug
15
Application Deadline
August 15, 2021
Fall 2021 Term
Aug
23
Next Start
August 23, 2021
Fall 2021 Term
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