The John Marshall Law School Intellectual Property Law Program Jumps Five Spots in U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Ranking

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The work of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has been recognized by US News & World Report in its latest 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition published today, March 12, 2013.

The work of the Center for Intellectual Property Law at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has been recognized by US News & World Report in its latest 2014 Best Graduate Schools edition published today, March 12, 2013.

The publication each year ranks the top programs in law specialties. The intellectual property (IP) program at John Marshall jumped from 17th place to 12th place in the national ranking.

“This great news shows that my colleagues in the IP community recognize the strength of our program,” said Professor Doris Long, director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law. “We have a great deal of synergy at John Marshall, from our innovative courses with their focus on real world, practice-ready training to our online journal, Review of Intellectual Property Law, to our Chinese IP Resource Center and our cross curricular offerings with our Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law.”

“I believe it says much about how we prepare our students for their legal careers in intellectual property law,” Long said.

“With our new innovative programs now offers as part of the law school’s eDegrees online option, we look forward to continuing to be on the leading edge of intellectual property education,” she added.

The MS and LLM degrees in Intellectual Property Law offered in Chicago and through an online curriculum, focus on a range of copyright, trademark and patent courses. The LLM in Intellectual Property Law degree program is suited for the legal professional interested in retooling or in expanding their existing knowledge of intellectual property laws and protection. The MS program is tailored to fit the needs of the non-legal professional working in or with intellectual property issues.

The John Marshall Law School’s Intellectual Property Program has been a pioneer in IP law for more than 70 years, and offers one of the largest course selections in the United States. The faculty is constantly reevaluating and making adjustments to the curriculum to meet the needs of the current legal climate and advancements in technology.

“I see IP as one of the fastest growing and most exciting fields of law today,” Long said. “Intellectual property law crosses all aspects of science, technology, business, the arts, and international trade. As these fields change, new intellectual property issues will continue to develop.”

Long will continue the law school’s outreach across the country and around the globe, including helping to mark the 20th anniversary of partnership with the State Intellectual Property Office of China.

For the JD student who wants to specialize in IP, John Marshall offers an IP certificate program and a joint JD/LLM program. Unique courses, skilled full-time and adjunct faculty members, leaders in the practicing bar and on the judiciary, all contribute to the innovative IP curriculum offered at John Marshall. The Patent Clinic, offered since 1994, provides hands-on training in patent application and claim drafting skills.

For additional information on John Marshall’s outstanding Intellectual Property Law curriculum visit

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago’s legal, financial and commercial districts. Through classes, clinics and special programs, students develop the strategic, analytical and transactional lawyering skills that are so valuable to employers. Its excellent curriculum, coupled with outstanding skills and experiential learning, help make John Marshall graduates practice-ready from day one. For practicing attorneys, John Marshall offers nine LLM degrees, more than any other law school in the Midwest. John Marshall is also a leader in providing distance education options in intellectual property, estate planning and employee benefits at the advanced graduate degree level. John Marshall offers six clinical experiences, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 edition ranks John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation.

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