LL.M. in IP and Tech Law
The Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is a one-year graduate degree program that responds to the demand for knowledgeable and skilled intellectual property professionals who have already earned a basic law degree. The IP/TL curriculum allows students to study introductory and advanced intellectual property law and to scrutinize the politics affecting those areas of the law under the guidance of leading scholars in the field. Students participate in practical skills courses taught in small groups by teams of experienced intellectual property lawyers.
The IP/TL LL.M. student body is drawn from two distinct sources. First, we admit J.D. graduates from across the United States who desire to focus their legal expertise through one year of intensive study of intellectual property law. Second, we admit experienced intellectual property attorneys from abroad who want to broaden their IP knowledge to include U.S. and international intellectual property.
To earn the Intellectual Property and Technology Law LL.M. degree, a student must successfully complete 24 credit hours of courses from the IP/TL curriculum, including at least one seminar in which a research paper is required. The seminar requirement serves as a thesis requirement. Students may also earn up to six credit hours from related courses, such as courses in microbiology or in information technology.
Students must have graduated from an accredited U.S. law school, possess an undergraduate law degree from a foreign institution of higher education, or have equivalent government experience or training in intellectual property law. Students holding an LL.B. from a non-U.S. law school are required to take a two-semester course: Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods.
IP/TL LL.M. students are encouraged to apply for unpaid internships either during their academic program or the summer after the program. Alumni and friends of the LL.M. program offer students opportunities at in-house counsel settings and at law firms of all sizes.
Students for whom English is not a native language are required to have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based), a C1 Pass on the ILEC, or a 7.5 on the IELTS. (The TOEFL code for the law school is 6929-03.)
Candidates must submit: (1) an application; (2) two recommendation letters; (3) an application fee; (4) academic transcripts in English from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended even if a degree was not awarded; and (5) indication of English-language proficiency, as described above.
Application materials must be submitted by May 15. You may apply via our LL.M. Online Application .
Need-based and credit-based loans, as well as a limited number of merit-based scholarships, are available for full-time students who meet the federal requirements.
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