Oct 16, 2021  
2021-2022 Law Bulletin 
2021-2022 Law Bulletin

Intellectual Property Law Certificate

The Intellectual Property Law certificate program fosters the knowledge, skills, and values that the contemporary intellectual property lawyer needs in the rapidly changing and challenging environment of intellectual property. Using the intellectual property law field as a lens, you will learn how to apply foundational legal concepts in diverse intellectual property settings, including litigation, transactional work, and prosecution. This program will expose you to the foundations of intellectual property law and ensure familiarity with key concepts, laws, policies, institutions, skills, and values in the intellectual property field.

The intellectual property certificate program builds core competencies in three key domains: (1) knowledge (including the key concepts, theories, doctrines, laws, policies, systems, and institutions in the intellectual property field); (2) lawyering skills (including cognitive, analytical, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills); and (3) professional values and ethics (including developing a mindset that promotes the responsible, civil, and ethical practice of law). These three domains reflect what competent lawyers should know, what they should be able to do, and how they should act as professionals. The core knowledge, skills, and values competencies are addressed in the certificate requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

Elective Courses

Choice of three courses from the electives course list:

Graduate-Level Elective Courses in Other Colleges and Departments

Because the practice of IP law is interdisciplinary by nature, students pursuing a certificate may satisfy a program requirement of up to three credit hours of the three courses of electives by enrolling in IP-related graduate courses offered by other Georgia State departments. Examples of appropriate graduate courses include:

  • IB 8080 - Legal Aspects of International Business
  • IB 8180 - Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • EMBA 8205 - Regulatory Environment of Business

Extracurricular Activity

In addition to the above coursework requirements, students would need to participate in and complete the college’s Intellectual Property Law Society’s Intellectual Property Student Mentoring Program.


To earn a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, a minimum average GPA of 3.00 is required for all courses taken in satisfaction of the certificate requirements. If a student takes more than the minimum number of elective courses needed to fulfill the certificate requirements, then the student can utilize the highest grades in other intellectual property courses when computing the GPA.


Honors shall be awarded to students earning a GPA of 3.60 or higher in intellectual property courses taken in satisfaction of the certificate program.