Summer IP and Technology Law Programme in London



From the names of sparkling wines and cheeses to hacking and file sharing, intellectual property and technology issues are shaping global trade and international negotiations. Develop a comparative perspective on this critical area of law while you build your resume and network with like-minded students and international attorneys.

This innovative program allows students to learn about IP and technology law in the birthplace of Anglo-American IP law and a key center of modern international IP practice – London. The intensive, three-week program is scheduled to enable students to complete a summer job before the program begins. It can also accommodate practicing attorneys seeking CLE credit.

Hosted by Notre Dame Law School in London, the program is fully accredited and is open to current NDLS students, students from other law schools around the world, and practicing attorneys interested in IP. The London summer program will not be held in 2018, but may happen in the future.

Participants may choose any three of these five courses:

  • Protecting Patents in a Global Economy
  • Copyright in the Digital Age
  • Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Comparative Privacy and Date Protection Law
  • Trademarks and Geographical Indications

Each course includes out-of-classroom experiences to supplement classroom learning. Last summer, participants toured Stationer’s Hall, The Royal Court of Justice, and historic legal London, visited The Guardian to discuss the right to be forgotten and reporting on Edward Snowden’s disclosures, met with a commissioner of the U.K. Competition and Markets Authority, and traveled to Cambridge for a conference sponsored by the U.K. Intellectual Property Office.

“One of the best parts about participating was that it was a great thing to talk about during interviews,” said Marlee Hartenstein, 2L, who participated in the 2016 program. “Employers were very interested in the program, and it was a good way to show how interested I was in IP. It was a great way to stand out.”

Law students can elect to earn one credit hour per course or audit courses with permission. All courses comply with the standards of the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools.

Last summer’s participants included eight students from Notre Dame Law School, six from other U.S. law schools, one from the London School of Economics and Political Science and one from the University of Zurich Switzerland.


Questions regarding program may be directed to the Notre Dame Law School Admissions Office:, or 574-631-6626.

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