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Academic Concentrations

For students interested in the dynamic and growing fields of Immigration Law and Intellectual Property (IP) Law, New England Law offers two concentrations that provide opportunities to pursue in-depth study and experiential learning in either of these legal specializations.

Vanessa R. Woodman de Lazo ’14 Vanessa R. Woodman de Lazo ’14 clerked as an attorney in the San Diego Immigration Court through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, the most prestigious federal entry-level attorney hiring program of its kind. > Learn more.

The work of immigration lawyers ranges from up close and personal assistance for families to policy considerations with global implications. Attorneys in this area of specialization aid individuals seeking residency and citizenship, often drawing on related expertise in housing, domestic violence, and criminal law, and are in the forefront of asylum and refugee issues, national security concerns, and human trafficking. They also provide counsel on visas and other employment law issues.

Intellectual Property law encompasses legal issues involving technology and the law, from software and hardware to cutting-edge scientific breakthroughs, to creative products including music, movies, and authors’ works. IP attorneys work with a wide range of businesses and people, from the world’s largest and most influential companies to solo inventors and musicians.

Serge Subach '14 Serge Subach '14 credits his professors and the school’s Summer Fellowship Program with his landing a job with the IP litigation group at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo P.C. > Learn more.

Lawyers trained in IP are currently in high demand, particularly litigators (who enforce IP rights and defend against IP claims in court), patent and trademark prosecutors (who attain patents and trademarks for clients), and licensing and technology transfer attorneys (who assist in the exchange of technology and information between organizations). IP law is also at the core of many key industries, such as media and sports.

Course and Experiential Learning Options

A variety of course options allows students in both concentrations to tailor their studies to specific interests and career goals. Real-law work experience is integrated into both law school specializations through select clinical, fellowship, internship, and moot court and mock trial competition opportunities, among other options. Students also have access to study abroad opportunities, related activities and events, specialized job listings, and faculty advisors with deep expertise.

Successful completion of concentration requirements is recognized on students’ law school transcripts.


Professor Dina Haynes


Professor Dina Francesca Haynes, the coordinator of the Immigration Law Concentration, directs the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project of the Center for Law and Social Responsibility. Professor Haynes’s background includes positions with human rights and refugee organizations, including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations, and her legal scholarship focuses on these issues and immigration law, human trafficking, and migration, among others. She teaches Constitutional Law, Immigration Law, The Law and Ethics of Lawyering, International Women's Issues, and Refugee and Asylum Law.


Associate Professor Peter Karol


Associate Professor Peter J. Karol, the coordinator of the IP Law Concentration and a faculty member of the Intellectual Property Institute of the Center for Business Law, is a former intellectual property partner at Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP, Boston, where he developed broad practice experience as a patent, trademark, and copyright litigator; and global IP portfolio developer. Professor Karol’s scholarship includes the fields of patent litigation procedure, trademark history, and peer-to-peer copyright infringement. His 2013 article, Affixing the Service Mark: Reconsidering the Rise of an Oxymoron, was judged one of the best law review articles of the year related to IP Law. He teaches Current Issues in Intellectual Property, Copyright, Property, and Trademarks and Unfair Competition, as well as Intellectual Property and Human Rights in New England Law’s international study program.

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