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Technology and Entrepreneurship Law Certificate

Earning a certificate in Technology and Entrepreneurship Law in addition to your LLM degree gives you a thorough grounding and hands-on preparation for practice at the intersection of intellectual property and business law. It also offers you a credential that demonstrates your specialized training in this vibrant field.

You may concurrently earn multiple certificates offered by USC Gould. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.

No science or other technical background is required to complete the certificate or any of the qualifying courses.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, you must take at least 12 units of mandatory and elective courses as outlined below.

Mandatory Courses

  • Patent Law
  • Business Organizations


  • Antitrust
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Business for Lawyers
  • Communications Law
  • Contract Drafting, Analysis and Negotiation (LLM)
  • Contract Drafting and Negotiation
  • Contract Drafting and Strategy
  • Copyright, Trademark and Related Rights
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Counseling the Startup
  • Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Online Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • Internet Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Patent Drafting and Prosecution
  • Patent Litigation
  • Partnerships and LLCs
  • Secured Transactions
  • Technology Transactions
  • Venture Capital Law and Finance
  • Video Game Law in Practice

The courses provide you with a substantive and experiential curriculum that prepares you for practice, with an emphasis on the importance of acquiring both strong legal skills and familiarity with business practices. The curriculum features a combination of lecture-style and skill-based courses taught principally in a workshop format.

Not all courses are offered every year. Courses are open to all students, not just those pursuing a certificate. You must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 in your certificate coursework to receive the certificate.



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