LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law

  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: January; August
  • Tuition Fee: $42,000.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Part-time; Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year; 2 years
  • Specialization: Intellectual property


The LLM in Intellectual Property program provides up-to-date instruction in such areas as biotechnology law, Internet and software law, and content licensing for the Web.


Students delve deeply into the areas of patent, trademark, and copyright law; draft agreements and litigation documents; and learn negotiating tips and strategies. The curriculum includes both domestic and international IP law courses, and offers an unprecedented level of instruction in legal issues relating to the creative arts with courses in entertainment, sports, and art law.


The Intellectual Property Law Center promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship through a variety of academic and extracurricular programs. It sponsors and develops various activities for students in the local legal community, one of the most robust and sophisticated legal markets for IP law in the world. The Center also sponsors the annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference, which brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to address issues of interest and concern to the IP legal and business communities. Each conference features unique panels of scholars and practitioners in specialty areas of IP law.


To earn the LLM in Intellectual Property Law degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered both during the day as well as in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within three years of matriculation. LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.


Required & Recommended Courses


Recommended for foreign-educated law graduates:


  • Introduction to US Legal Studies (3 units)
  • Graduate Legal Research & Writing (2 units)


Required for everyone:


  • Intellectual Property Law Survey (3 units)
  • Cyberlaw (3 units)


Plus, at least one of the following:


  • Copyright Law of the US (3 units)
  • Patent Law of the US (3 units)


Elective Courses


  • Antitrust
  • Art & the Law
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Negotiating & Drafting
  • Entertainment Contracts
  • Privacy Law
  • Privacy Law and Technology
  • Patent Litigation
  • Thesis
  • Competition: IP Law Moot Court
  • Cyberlaw & Privacy
  • Entertainment Law
  • Externship: Civil Field Placement in IP-related placement
  • High Technology Start-up: Business & Legal Issues
  • Independent Study on an IP Law topic
  • Sports Law