The Innovation Law Center at Syracuse University College of Law offers students a unique experiential learning program.

Established in 1990, the College of Law’s technology commercialization academic and applied learning programs were the first of their kind to examine the legal principles necessary to usher science and technology innovation from its earliest stages to successful commercialization. Today, the Innovation Law Center provides a “win-win” for students to learn and—through the New York State Science and Technology Law Center—innovators to benefit from faculty-guided research into the legal, market, and technical issues associated with new technologies.

Why Study at the Innovation Law Center?

  • The first program of its kind in the country to provide law students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams to provide intellectual property, market, and regulatory research to clients commercializing new technologies.
  • A leader in providing informed IP, market, and regulatory research to startups, established companies, and tech transfer offices that are fostering innovation economy jobs.
  • Students have completed hundreds of research projects for universities, federal laboratories, established companies, startups, and more.
  • Students work on real-world projects, studying technologies and working with senior technology managers to provide clients with actionable research analysis.
  • Opportunities are offered for half-paid scholarships and hourly paid positions.
  • The law center has an extremely high job placement rate and an unparalleled track record of turning experience into employment success.
  • Providing opportunities for innovators to work directly with ILC students, since 2004, the College of Law has been designated the New York State Science and Technology Law Center (NYSSTLC) by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR).

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For Innovators

Working through the Innovation Law Center, the New York State Science and Technology Law Center has been a leader in technology commercialization for more than a decade. Since its inception, NYSSTLC has assisted hundreds of companies and institutions in their quest to commercialize emerging technology.

For Students

The Syracuse Intellectual Property Law Institute (SIPLI) offers several academic courses in patent, copyright, and IP law as a component of the Technology Commercialization Curricular Program.

Transactional Law Clinic

Affiliated with the Innovation Law Center and the US Patent and Trademark Office’s Law School Clinic Certification Program, the Transactional Law Clinic provides legal services on IP protection, business formation, regulatory compliance, and more to local small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations.