Since the Fall Semester of 2017, Boyd Law has offered its students the opportunity to focus on intellectual property (“IP”) law by enrolling in the Intellectual Property Law Concentration. To meet the concentration requirements students first take two mandatory foundational IP courses, “Copyright” and “Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets.” Additionally, students complete at least six credits from a list of IP-law related courses, such as “Entertainment Law,” “International Intellectual Property,” and “IP Licensing.” Students may fulfill the remainder of the 15-credit concentration requirement by taking other courses, such as “Antitrust,” “Administrative Law,” and “Federal Courts,” or by writing an IP law-related paper, participating in an IP law-related externship, or competing in an IP law-related moot court competition. Importantly, concentration students benefit from mentoring by their faculty advisors. At Boyd’s graduation ceremony the most accomplished student in the concentration receives the LaFrance-Trimble Award, graciously funded by Samuel and Lexy Lionel.
In Spring 2021 Boyd Law will offer more than 70 courses. In addition to the first-year and upper-level required courses, the schedule includes a wide variety of elective courses designed to prepare the next generation of successful lawyers. Among the courses are law school staples, such as Remedies, Federal Courts, and Conflict of Laws; long-established Boyd Law electives, such as Entertainment Law and International Intellectual Property; and newer additions, such as ADR in Employment Law, Climate Law Practicum, and Identities, Culture, & Law. Among courses designated as “Special Topics in Law” are Writing for Judges, Professional Sports Law, and Privacy, Publicity, & Defamation. Thanks to Boyd Law Registrar Stacy Shiroma and his colleagues in the Registrar’s Office for running the course registrations and all the other administrative aspects of the Boyd Law courses so smoothly!