LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: August
  • Tuition Fee: $23,390.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time; Continuing education
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: Intellectual property


USF's Intellectual Property and Technology Law program provides a thorough exposure to American, international, and comparative intellectual property law. 


This LLM program is designed for a diverse group of lawyers - from seasoned practitioners looking to stay abreast in that constantly changing field, to recent graduates atning to get an edge in a market where specialization is increasingly important to employers. Our alumni practice all aspects of IP law for law firms, governmental agencies, and corporations in the U.S. and abroad. Skills training and career development are key features of the program. We offer a wide range of experiential learning and networking opportunities through our Internet and Intellectual Property Justice Clinic, Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project, and law school clinic program with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Students can also write for the nationally recognized Intellectual Property Law Bulletin and participate in our vibrant student organizations and alumni networking events.


The program equips students with a sufficient grounding in legal theory and practical skills to pursue gainful employment in the intellectual property field in the United States or abroad. Patent and trademark practitioners are particularly welcomed to apply for admission to our LLM in IP and Technology Law program. The program requires completion of 25 units over two consecutive full-time semesters of study at the USF School of Law (August through May), or may be completed through part-time study with permission of the director.


The program is open to those:


  • with first degrees in law
  • who have completed in a foreign country the university-based legal education required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that country
  • who are qualified to practice law in a country
  • or the equivalent thereof or otherwise deemed sufficiently qualified as determined by our LLM admissions committee


Required Courses:

  • American Legal System I
  • Amercian Legal Writing and Amercian Legal System II
  • IP Seminar

Core Courses:

  • Copyright Law
  • Internet Law
  • IP Survey
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Elective Courses include:

  • Antitrust Law
  • Antitrust Law and IP Rights
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Entertainment and Media Law
  • Information Privacy
  • International IP
  • Internet and IP Justice Clinic
  • IP Litigation
  • Law of News Gatering and Reporting
  • Sports Law




1. Application Form

Beginning mid-October you may complete the application form and submit it electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) by clicking Apply Online. You may also download the LLM application. All mailed admission materials should be sent to the following address:

University of San Francisco School of Law
Office of LLM Admissions
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 USA


2. $70 Application Fee

If you are mailing your application, payment must be in U.S. dollars by check drawn on an American bank or in the form of an international money order payable to the University of San Francisco. If you are applying electronically through LSAC, you may pay by credit card. If you are applying electronically and are unable to pay by credit card, you may submit your application electronically and mail the $70 application fee to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions with the LSAC Certification Form.


3. Personal Statement

This two page statement should discuss your reasons for applying to the USF LLM program, your work experience, education, background, career goals, and other pertinent information. If applying electronically via LSAC, your personal statement may be submitted as an electronic attachment.


4. Two Letters of Recommendation

Letters should be from university professors or employers and must be printed on letterhead, signed, and submitted in sealed envelopes. If not in English, the letters of recommendation must be accompanied by an English translation. The letters may be submitted with your application or mailed directly to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions.


5. Certification of Finances

Foreign applicants (those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents) must submit the Certification of Finances Form and supporting documents, showing funds covering the nine months of study at the university. Certification may be submitted either with your application or after you are admitted. If an applicant submits the certification early and is subsequently admitted, he or she will receive the documentation required to apply for a visa more quickly. See information on the cost of attendance, tuition, and fees.


6. Financial Aid

The USF School of Law awards a very limited number of partial tuition scholarships each year to highly qualified international applicants who would otherwise be unable to pay for the LLM Program. These applicants must submit a separate written statement with their application materials that provides details of their finances, including financial documents that demonstrate the amount and sources of funding available to support their USF studies. No financial aid application will be considered without this information. Since funds are limited, it is to the scholarship applicant’s advantage to complete the application with supporting materials as early as possible.

In addition, a Citibank program offers loans to international students, who are neither citizens nor permanent residents, if they have a credit-worthy U.S. citizen as a co-signor. See www.citiassist.com.

U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents needing financial aid may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 15 for federal aid and scholarship eligibility. Such students may qualify for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan of up to $20,000. U.S. Citizens of Permanent Residents needing additional financial aid information should visit the law school financial aid website.


7. Transcripts

Original transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended are required. The transcripts should show your grades, approximate class rank, and any degree received. If the degree received is not printed on the transcript you must provide a copy of the diploma certificate. If not in English, transcripts and diplomas must be accompanied by an English translation. The transcripts must be sent directly to the USF School of Law Office of Admissions in sealed envelopes by your university. If possible, please provide a grading system explanation sheet from each school.

Applicants can submit their international transcripts through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS).  This service is included in the CAS subscription fee.  An International Credential Evaluation will be completed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), which will be incorporated into your CAS report. To use the CAS, log in to your online account at www.lsac.org and follow the instructions for registering for the service. Be sure to print out a Transcript Request form for each institution and send it to them promptly. More time is usually required to receive foreign transcripts. Questions about the LLM Credential Assembly Service can be directed to LSAC at (215) 968-1001 or lsacinfo@lsac.org.


8. LSAT Scores (for U.S. applicants only)

U.S. law graduates must supply an official copy of their LSAT score.


9. English Language Requirement

Strong English language ability is a prerequisite to admission. For foreign students whose native language is not English, this requirement may be satisfied by (1) having completed basic legal studies in an English-speaking country in a university where instruction was in English or (2) taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or (3) successfully completing the USF LLM English Language Program (ELP). The recommended TOEFL score is 100 IBT and the IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants with slightly lower scores will still be considered for admission.

Applicants should register to take these tests as early as possible so the scores will be received by the February 16 deadline. Only TOEFL scores from tests administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS) will be accepted. The TOEFL score report must be sent directly to USF by ETS. Use school code number 4792 to ensure the score will be forwarded to the LLM program of the USF School of Law. For information on taking the TOEFL exam, visitwww.toefl.org. As an option, applicants that use the LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service can have the TOEFL report sent directly to LSAC using the code 0058. The score will be forwarded to USF along with an evaluation report of transcripts prepared by LSAC. IELTS testing locations and times may be obtained from www.ielts.org. Only official TOEFL and IELTS scores from tests taken within two years of your application submission will be valid.

Otherwise qualified LLM applicants who want to improve their English language skills and achieve the level of proficiency necessary to be successful in the LLM degree program, may be admitted to the LLM and English Language Program with the requirement to take one or two semesters of English language development coursework at USF prior starting their LLM degree. 



All materials and correspondence relating to admission or your Law School application should be directed to the Law School LLM Admissions Office. Once submitted, all materials become the property of the School of Law and will not be returned or copied. Please keep a copy of your application and any supporting documents for your records.



The Law School Admissions Office will provide login and password information to all applicants regarding an on-line status check. In addition, all applicants to the law school will be notified by e-mail once their application is received by USF, when your application file becomes complete, and as soon as an admission decision has been reached. Those who require an early decision may contact the Office of LLM Admissions by telephone or email to confirm the status of their application. All official decision letters will be sent electronically or, by request, via mail or courier service.