If you decide to pursue Intellectual Property practice you will then have to decide which type of practice is best for you. “Intellectual property” is an umbrella term that encompasses primarily four bodies of law: trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark. As an intellectual property lawyer, your practice could fall in any of these areas and could focus on litigation, licensing, transactions, administrative practice, or counseling. You do not need to have a science or technical background for most areas of intellectual property practice, although you may need such credentials for some patent law positions.
In addition to the suggested courses below, Villanova Law also offers a more intensive Intellectual Property Concentration which allows students to show their breadth and depth of IP experience. The concentration includes course requirements in core IP areas including patent and copyright, requires additional coursework in other areas, such as trademark or trade secrets, and offers the freedom to take related classes such as sports law, entertainment law, and internet law.