LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law
The Master of Laws (LLM) 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 LLM student body is drawn from two distinct sources. First, we admit JD graduates from across the U.S. 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 LLM 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.
IP/TL LLM students are encouraged to apply for unpaid internships either during their academic program or the summer after the program. Alumni and friends of the LLM program offer students opportunities at in-house counsel settings and at law firms of all sizes.
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 LLB from a non-U.S. law school are required to take a two-semester course: Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal Methods.
Candidates must submit:
(1) An application which includes one brief essay (250-300 words);
(2) An application fee; (only if applying by mail- waived for online applications);
(3) Two recommendation letters;
(4) Official academic transcripts, in English
(5) Indication of English-language proficiency, as in a recent TOEFL, IELTS, ILEC or other standardized test score.*
*If you do not have a recent standardized test score or no score at all, we will provide the opportunity for a Skype-interview language evaluation as part of your admissions interview.
Once admitted, you will be required to present a letter of credit from a bank or other lending institution showing you have sufficient financial support to study in the United States.
All materials must be submitted by May 15.** You may apply via LLM Application for Residential LLM Program (Digital Version).
**We strongly recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.
Need-based and credit-based loans are available to full-time students who meet the federal requirements. Merit-based scholarships are also available.
Special Information Concerning the U.S. VISA Process:
Washington University School of Law works closely with all of our admitted students to ensure timely and correct filings of visas. Be forewarned, however, that the process of applying for and receiving a U.S. student visa is a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. We urge you to get your applications in early, and we promise to work on your visa documents early.
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