Columbia has recently changed its curriculum to enable first-year students to study IP law at an earlier point in their school careers.

The Property class (an important foundational course for IP) was moved from fall of the 2L year to spring of the 1L year.  In addition, a group of new electives was created for spring of the first year, among them an introductory course called Principles of IP, which focuses on the source of IP rights, how forms of protection can be strategically used, and the boundaries among IP, contracts, and social norms.

These changes also will allow students to begin engaging with our exciting slate of upper-class offerings beginning in the fall of their second year.

Browse Columbia Law School's IP course offerings