Top 10 Law Schools for Intellectual Property Law

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In 2014, Law Street Media released its first set of law school rankings, in response to the changing legal education industry. Law Street Specialty Rankings are a detailed resource for prospective law students as they consider the many law schools across the country. You’ll notice some differences this year, as we return to the categories we first ranked in 2014. This year, we’ve changed the way we do our methodology slightly, to reflect feedback from our readers and the law school community. We’ve also redesigned our look, to make it easier to navigate and compare various schools. But as always, Law Street Specialty Rankings are built to blend the quantitative and qualitative in a way that accurately highlights the top law schools based on specialty programs.

This year’s law school specialty rankings were compiled by Anneliese Mahoney, Alexis Evans, Celia Heudebourg, Gabe Fernandez, James Levinson, Josh Schmidt, and Marcus Dieterle.

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1. IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law: 95 Points


Jobs: 20/20

Employment prospects for students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law are excellent, particularly for students interested in intellectual property. To prepare students for life after graduation, it has an IP clinic where students are able to work with attorneys from K&L Gates LLP.



Classes: 25/25

The curriculum at Chicago-Kent offers dozens of IP-related courses per year. Beyond the foundational courses, interested students can take one of the many science and technology-focused classes such as “Computer and Network Privacy and Security: Ethical, Legal, and Technical Considerations.”



Networking: 15/15

From an annual Supreme Court IP review conference to colloquia and book talks with IP-focused speakers, Chicago-Kent provides numerous networking opportunities for students interested in IP.



Extracurriculars: 15/15

The school offers an Intellectual Property society as well as the student-run Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property. The journal is dedicated to discussions on the fundamental elements of IP law and changes in the industry as new technology emerges.



Location: 14/15

The private university located in Chicago, Illinois provides numerous opportunities for students interested in pursuing IP law outside of the classroom.



Other Rankings: 6/10

Chicago-Kent received modest recognition from other rankings, giving it six points.

Anneliese Mahoney
Anneliese Mahoney is Managing Editor at Law Street and a Connecticut transplant to Washington D.C. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and a passion for law, politics, and social issues. Contact Anneliese at



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