Studying Intellectual Property Law at Richmond

Richmond Law students have many opportunities to learn about intellectual property law and policy—from a wide variety of classes taught by nationally-recognized faculty, to hands-on clinical and externship experiences, to the many student-run organizations that address IP issues.

Intellectual Property Certificate

Richmond Law students may choose to specialize in intellectual property and graduate with a certificate that demonstrates the expertise they have developed. The official certificate requirements can be found here. The certificate application (a Word document) can be downloaded here.


The intellectual property curriculum provides a wide variety of classes covering all the important aspects of IP practice. Visit the curriculum page for details on current courses.

Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic

Few law schools offer students an opportunity to work with real clients on real intellectual property issues. At Richmond Law's Intellectual Property and Transactional Law Clinic, however, students can help entrepreneurs, non-profits, researchers, and artists register trademarks and copyrights, apply for patent protection, draft licensing contracts, develop e-commerce strategies, and more—all under the supervision of a full-time clinical professor with many years of experience practicing IP law.

Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT)

The Richmond Journal of Law and Technology is the first law review in the world to be published exclusively online. Run entirely by Richmond Law students, the Journal focuses on the impact that computer-related and other emerging technologies have on the law.

Student Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA

One of the law school’s largest and most active student groups, the Student Intellectual Property Law Association organizes educational seminars, hosts social events, and invites speakers to campus to talk about everything from important IP issues to how to embark on an IP career. SIPLA also works with IP Institute at Richmond Law and the Greater Richmond Intellectual Property Law Association (GRIPLA) to raise awareness of IP law among the student community.

Externships and Clinical Placements

Richmond Law's externship program offers second- and third-year students the opportunity to integrate legal theory with practical experience as they work with judges or in-house counsel on intellectual property issues.