LL.M in Intellectual Property Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: Fall; Winter
  • Tuition Fee: 25,000 - 30,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specialization: Intellectual property

Program Overview

This specialization gives students the opportunity to strengthen their analytical and problem-solving skills and deepen their understanding of the policies and principles that underlie intellectual property laws. The Intellectual Property Law specialization will broaden your knowledge of the social, economic, and technological considerations presented by emerging legal issues in this rapidly changing field.


This specialization is available for:


  • Law graduates with legal work experience or a strong demonstrated interest in intellectual property law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have significant related professional experience in intellectual property and wish to develop an advanced knowledge of intellectual property law for professional purposes.

Degree requirements

Option I: Coursework and Major Research Paper



  • The required courses in Intellectual Property Law
  • 12 additional credits of coursework, at least 6 of which must be courses in the Intellectual Property Law specialization
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) in the Intellectual Property Law field
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop


Option II: Coursework Only


  • The required courses in Intellectual Property Law
  • 18 additional credits of coursework, at least 12 of which must be courses in the Intellectual Property Law specialization
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as the means of evaluation for one of the above Intellectual Property courses

See the courses here.


Total credits needed: 36


Note that students without a law degree from a Canadian institution are required to take Introduction to Graduate Legal Studies in their first term. For detailed degree requirements see Student Handbook.

Duration & Format

Program Duration


The Intellectual Property Law LLM can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis.


1. Part-timeIntellectual Property Law LLM: Part-time students can complete the specialization over two years (6 credits per term over six terms). 


Program Format


This two-year, part-time degree requires completion of 36 credits obtained through coursework and a Major Research Paper, or through coursework only.

There is no thesis requirement and your progress and performance is evaluated through short papers, presentations and take-home assignments. Each LLM incorporates a research requirement, which is typically evaluated on the basis of one or more papers.