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Innovation Practice Institute

Pitt Law’s Innovation Practice Institute (IPI) connects students with entrepreneurs, trains new lawyers to partner with innovators, and teaches lawyers to be innovators.

IPI coursework includes copyright and trademark law, law and entrepreneurship, and commercializing new technologies (offered with the University’s Katz School of Business). IPI places students at innovation enterprises across the region, and our students compete in the University-wide Big Idea Competition, which annually awards $20,000 prizes to fledgling firms.

Finally, IPI offers experiential learning opportunities through programs that introduce students to the regional entrepreneurial and innovation communities: Start Smart is a collaborative program with Project Olympus at CMU that teaches the basics of business law and business formation to law students, entrepreneurs, and start-up firms in the Pittsburgh region. Innovators, Esq. is a lunch-and-learn series at which law students have the opportunity to meet attorneys pursuing successful careers in new fields in and beyond the law. The IPI Leadership Forum is an intensive five-week course in leadership development for Pitt Law students, faculty, and staff. 


Stephanie Dangel
Executive Director, Innovation Practice Institute
(412) 648-5966

Michael J. Madison
Faculty Director, Innovation Practice Institute
(412) 648-7855