Your Guide to Concentrations with Certification at Dayton Law

What are the benefits to students?

  • Concentrations allow students to develop their skills and knowledge in a specific area of law without requiring additional time or tuition, making them more practice-ready upon completion.
  • A concentration makes students more marketable to employers by providing a credential attesting to their competency, commitment and training.  
  • The concentration gives students a road map for curriculum planning, including priority registration for the required courses.

We know that planning your years of law studies is not an easy task.

While the first year of required courses provide vital building blocks for future curricular choices, the large number of legal topics and the many areas of modern law practice make planning the second and third year of legal studies difficult. In order to assist students in planning, we have prepared the following guide to our upper-level curriculum. It identifies courses that form a curricular concentration specializing in three separate fields of law or legal practice.

Interested students are encouraged to decide early in their legal education whether they want to concentrate in a particular field of law.  A student who successfully completes a concentration will receive a certificate at graduation. Students must submit a request to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for approval prior to beginning their concentration coursework. 

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Criminal Law Concentration

The Criminal Law Concentration is designed to provide students with a broad-based exposure of criminal law concepts. Students will expand their substantive knowledge of criminal law to include examining topics such as white collar crime, criminal procedure, and trial advocacy. In addition, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to succeed as a criminal defense attorney or prosecutor.

Courses: Criminal Law Concentration

Required Courses (Complete 6 credits total) Credits 
Criminal Procedure Adjudication 3
Federal Criminal Law 3
Trial Practice-Criminal 3
Experiential Courses (Take 1 course for 4 credits total) Credits
Cybercrime Capstone 4
Criminal Advocacy Capstone 4
Externship in an office that primarily deals with Criminal Law 4
Criminal Law Clinic 4

One of the required courses may fulfill an elective requirement.

Elective Courses (Complete 6 credits total) Credits 
Comparative Criminal Procedure 3
Cyberspace Law 2
Law Practice Management 2
Mock Trial 2
Moot Court 2 or 3
Social Media and Criminal Law 1
The Jury 2
Trial Practice-Civil 3
Independent Study or Directed Reading related to Criminal Law 1 or 2

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

Cyberlaw Concentration

The Cyberlaw Concentration will examine the legal issues that arise when a computer or the Internet is used to communicate or exchange information. Topics covered by this concentration include cybercrimes, cybersecurity, cyberterrorism, cyberwar, digital privacy, electronic publishing, online mediation, social media, video gaming, and virtual legal services. Upon completion of the concentration, students will be well prepared to address legal problems raised by the increased use of technology to include prosecuting or defending cybercrimes.

Courses: Cyberlaw Concentration

Required Course Credits
Cyberspace Law 2
Experiential Courses (Take 1 course for 4 credits total) Credits
Cybercrime Capstone 4
Externship in an office that handles Cyberlaw matters 4

One of the required courses may fulfill an elective requirement.

Elective Courses (Complete 10 credits total) Credits 
Cybersecurity and National Security Law 2
Electronic Commerce 2
Law of Video Gaming 1
Privacy Law  2
Social Media Law 3
Unbundling and the Future of Law  3
Virtual and Online Mediation 1
Independent Study or Directed Reading related to Cyberlaw 1 or 2

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

Intellectual Property Concentration

The Intellectual Property Law Concentration explores the legal issues relating to the representation of clients in the field of intellectual property, which includes the areas of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret law, and media and entertainment law. Students will obtain a deep understanding of how innovation, technology and creativity are encouraged, protected and exploited by the law and rapidly integrated into our society.

Courses: Intellectual Property Concentration

Required Course Credits
Intellectual Property 3
Experiential Courses (Take 1 course for 4 credits total) Credits
Commercialization of Intellectual Property Capstone 4
Patent Litigation Capstone 4
Patent Practice and Procedure Capstone 4
Trademark Prosecution and Practice Capstone 4
Intellectual Property Law Clinic 4
Externship in an office that primarily deals with Intellectual Property 4

One of the required courses may fulfill an elective requirement.

Elective Courses (Complete 9 credits total) Credits 
Cyberspace Law 2
Copyright Law 2
Entertainment Law 3
International Intellectual Property Law 2
Law of Video Gaming 1
Licensing and Intellectual Property 2
Patent Law 2
Social Media Law 3
Trade Secret Law 2
Trademarks and Unfair Competition 2
Independent Study or Directed Reading related to Intellectual Property 1 or 2

In exceptional cases, the Associate Dean has the ability to substitute an elective course for a required course.

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