Center for Law and Intellectual Property

The mission of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) is to integrate Thomas Jefferson School of Law with, and prepare its students for, those industries and communities specializing in the technological development of our society.


Law students today encounter the world of technology in an unprecedented manner. Scientific inventions are forcing re-examination of longstanding legal concepts, creating problems that lawyers and judges have just begun to identify. People question traditional notions of free speech when that speech is published on the Internet. Cloning adds a new meaning to ideas of reproduction and family. While the Human Genome Project continues to map the essential components of human identity, developments in artificial intelligence unsettle longstanding notions of human knowledge. New media offer unparalleled opportunities for artistic expression, but they also test the limits of copyright, trademark and publicity protection for authors and artists in democratic civil society.


In light of these and related developments, the Center for Law and Intellectual Property encourages research, dialogue, debate and sustained study of these issues into the twenty-first century, and is uniquely situated to address the legal challenges engendered by the extraordinary pace of technological development of the last half century. The location of CLIP at Thomas Jefferson attests to San Diego's growing reputation as a home to high technology and communications research and development. San Diego is now home to more than 3,000 technology companies and boasts the third highest concentration of bioscience companies in the nation. Referred to by many as "Telecom Valley," San Diego has laid more than 184,000 miles of fiber optic cable, more than any other region in the country. CLIP uses this proximity to help students explore and embrace the tremendous impact of technological change and the revolution in communications on virtually every area of practice. By channeling students' efforts into one of four tracks - biotechnology, entertainment, intellectual property, and Internet and e-commerce - CLIP also prepares students for careers in fields specifically related to these industries and the legal challenges that those industries face.


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For information about how to participate in the Center for Law and Intellectual Property, interested students should email


CLIP Faculty Advisor Application


CLIP Certificate Application



Representative Courses


Courses that TJSL has offered as part of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property curriculum include:

  • Advanced Internet Law
  • Advanced Patent Law
  • Advanced Trademark Seminar
  • Antitrust
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Celebrity Advertising
  • Celebrity Representation
  • Commercial Transactions & E-Commerce
  • Computer & Internet Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Cyber Crimes
  • Cyber Law
  • eCommerce
  • Entertainment Law
  • Entertainment Law Transactions
  • Film & Motion Picture Production & the Law
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property & Competition Law Seminar
  • Intellectual Property & Information Theory
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Internet & Technology Law
  • Media Law
  • Music Law
  • Music Licensing
  • Patent Claim Drafting
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Practice
  • Patent Preparation & Analysis
  • Sports Law
  • Technology Licensing
  • Technology Startups
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition