Taught course

Trade Mark Practice

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Law School

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have either:

  • successfully undertaken a course of study in trade mark law approved for the purpose by the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and have employment in trade mark related practice (defined as a trademark attorney's office, solicitor's office, barristers' chambers, or the relevant department of a company, public authority or other public sector organisation, or a professional body)
  • in the opinion of the programme leader and of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, have equivalent qualifications or experience that will equip them to complete the course successfully.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This Certificate, designed by Nottingham Law School in conjunction with CITMA, is focused on the development of the knowledge base and professional skills required of the trade mark attorney.

The new course:

  • has been designed specifically for CITMA trainees and has been approved by CITMA / IPREG
  • is skills-based and built upon the same course delivery techniques as the Legal Practice Course for solicitors and the Bar Professional Training Course for barristers
  • is designed to use a variety of teaching techniques such as interactive lectures, role play and case study exercises and facilitated discussion groups
  • is essentially practical, based on an experiential or learning by doing method of delivery
  • uses an eLearning platform called NOW, to enable you to stay in touch with the Law School throughout the course
  • utilises the skills of practicing trade mark attorneys addition to members of Nottingham Law School faculty (a number of practicing trade mark attorneys have undertaken a course called Train the Trainers to enable them to develop their skills as tutors in readiness for the course)
  • uses a method of rotating assessments meaning that some assessments are taken and then banked by the student during the course
  • carries university credits and is also graded, like the Nottingham Law School LPC, into Distinction, Commendation and Pass
  • is delivered in a way that suits busy schedules and minimises the time spent away from the office
  • recognises that you will be in private practice or working in-house during the course and seeks to enable you to apply your knowledge and skills to your own practice as soon as possible.
  • The course is structured to minimise the time spent away from the office and is taught by a mix of assignments and attendance.

What you'll study

The Certificate, designed by Nottingham Law School in conjunction with CITMA, is focused on the development of the knowledge base and professional skills required of the trade mark attorney in what is now a fragmented and volatile legal services market. Built upon teaching and assessment methods used to train solicitors and barristers, the new course will focus on the outcomes required of the practitioner in a post Legal Services Act world.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)115 848 4200