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Online Learning

Penn is strongly committed to open learning — a vital part of our mission to increase access around the world to educational resources.

Current Courses:

“Intellectual Property Law and Policy - Part 1: IP and Patent Laws” - Starts February 2, 2016

Can you really get a patent on a rectangular cell phone shape? Do artists and musicians need over a century of copyright protection for their works? Can you trademark red shoe soles? These are some of the questions that U.S. Congress and the courts have addressed in recent years — and in this IP course, we will, too.


An Introduction to American Law” - Continuously Running

This course will give you a glimpse into six different areas of American law: Tort Law, Contract Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, and Civil Procedure. You will gain insight into the complexities and dilemmas that arise from the application of law in different settings, and what is distinctive about American approaches.

Coming Soon:

“Intellectual Property Law and Policy - Part 2: Copyright and Trademark Laws” - Starts April 5, 2016

In this course, Part 2 of a two-part series, students will explore the modern realities and debates of copyright and trademark laws, and then consider alternatives to intellectual property and the future of this exciting area of the law.

Introduction to Key Constitutional Concepts and Supreme Court Cases” - To be announced

This course offered an introduction to the U.S. Constitution and landmark Supreme Court cases interpreting it. It explored the Constitution’s origins, its amendment over the years, and methods of constitutional interpretation. Topics included the nature and structure of the federal government, the powers of the federal government, and individual rights.

See more course offerings on the Penn Online Learning Initiative website.