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Get an FIU Law Certification

J.D. Students may select between our two available certificate programs. Information and advice about compliance and certificate requirements can be found below.

IP Certificate

Intellectual Property Certificate Requirements

  • Students must (a) earn at least 14 credits from the Intellectual Property course list, (b) take at least two courses from the Entrepreneurship course list, and (c) take the Intellectual Property survey course.
  • Students must earn a GPA of 2.7 over their law school career, as well as a GPA of 3.0 in their courses on the Intellectual Property course list.
  • Students must complete a seminar which requires a 25-page paper based on original research which may be used to satisfy the upper-level writing requirement or an independent study, that includes a research paper on a topic related to Intellectual Property.

Intellectual Property Course List*

  • Advanced Copyright Law seminar
  • Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property seminar
  • Antitrust
  • Computer and Internet
  • Copyright Law
  • Copyright Law seminar
  • Entertainment
  • Fashion and Design Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property and Human Development seminar
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights seminar
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law seminar
  • Patent
  • Sports and Entertainment Law
  • Trademark and Geographic Indications

Entrepreneurship Course List*

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Civil Procedure
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Complex Litigation
  • Conflict Management Practice-Comparative Perspectives of Negotiation
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • European Union Law (including during Study Abroad)
  • Federal Courts
  • First Amendment
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Litigation
  • International Trade
  • Labor Law
  • Land Use and Planning
  • Law and Economics
  • Law Firm Management
  • Law, Science & Technology
  • Negotiation
  • Maritime/Law of the Sea
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Remedies
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Small Business Clinic
  • Sports Law

*Additional courses may be added from time to time.

IP Graduates Practicing IP Law & Related Fields

FIU Law Alumni/YearFirm/CompanyIP Field
Barman, David W.(2006)The Law Office of David W. Barman P.A.Patent, Trademark, and Copyright
Bloom, Gregory (2006)ChaseLawyersEntertainment and Sports Law
Kennedy, Emilie (2011)Vixen Media Group (located in LA)Entertainment & Copyright Law
Lavoie, Ryan (2015)United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)Trademark examining attorney for USPTO
Levine, David (2010)Sanchez Fischer Levine, LLPComplex litigation and intellectual property law
Martinez, Aldo (2007)Oblon, McClelland, Maier, and Neustadt, LLP (located in Alexandria, VA)Patent prosecuttion and portfolio management
Maya, Justin (2015)Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. (Miami officeTrademark, copyright, publicity rights and entertainment law
Nahmias, Michelle (2015)Mastercard North AmericaEntertainment, IP, and Advertisement Law
Notario, Roger (2016)Apollo's CounselEntertainment & IP Law
Parron, Ivan (2005)Parron LawEntertainment and sports law
Pellicer, Cody (2014)The Hachar Entertainment Group "The Group" (within The Hachar Law Firm)Entertainment law
Portal, Melissa Quintana (2016)Sony Pictures TelevisionEntertainment and corporate law
Rodriguez, Rosangel (2016)Universal Music Latin EntertainmentEntertainment and corporate law
Rubi, Ernesto (2011)Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.General Counsel for IP related matters
Sanchelima, Christian (2013)Sanchelima & Associates, P.A.Intellectual Property Law
Schneider, Alexander (2015)Shutts & Bowen LLPPatent prosecution and litigation
Shraybman, Jessica (2014)Shraybman LawBusiness and IP law
Tschen, Francisco (2021)USPTOPrimary Patent Examiner/Trainer
Thomas, LaShawn (2010)Miami Entertainment Law GroupEntertainment law and general business law on a transactional basis.

Environmental & Natural Resources Law Certificate

FIU Law’s Certificate in Environmental & Natural Resources Law’s requirements are listed below.

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • Natural Resources Law (3 credits)
  • Administrative Law (3 credits)

Elective Courses (at least 6 credits)

  • Water Resources Law (2 credits)
  • Ocean and Coastal Law (2 credits)
  • Biodiversity Law (2 credits)
  • Climate Change Law (2 credits)
  • Land Use Law (3 credits)
  • International Environmental Law (2 credits)
  • Energy Law (2 credits)
  • Natural Resources Law and Policy: Field Seminar in Cuba (2 credits)
  • Independent Study on qualifying research area (1-2 credits)
  • Environmental & Natural Resources Law Externship (1-2 credits)

Related Courses (may be taken to count for 0-2 credits from list b)

  • Admiralty Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Construction Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Law & Economics
  • Law, Science, and Technology
  • Legislation
  • Local Government Law
  • NAFTA and Other Regional Trade Agreements
  • Real Estate Transactions

Students must earn a GPA of 2.7 over their law school career, as well as a GPA of 3.0 in their courses on the Environmental and Natural Resources Law course list.

A completed application is required. To apply for the certificate, login to the MYFIU student portal via  Once logged in, go to Student Tools – E-Forms – College of Law Registrar . Select appropriate certificate.

The Program Directors may approve electives for credit toward the Environmental and Natural Resources Law certification requirements from the extensive offerings of FIU, such as courses from:

  • The Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs (GSIPA)
  • The School of the Environment, Arts, and Society (SEAS)
  • The Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
  • The College of Business

Interested in applying to the IP or Environmental and Resources Law Certificate?

To apply for the Certificate, login to the MYFIU student portal. Once logged in, go to Student Tools – E-Forms – College of Law Registrar . Select appropriate certificate.

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