LL.M Specializations in Intellectual Property

American University Washington College of Law offers two LL.M Certificates in Intellectual Property Law, one in U.S. Intellectual Property Law and Policy and one in International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law and Policy. Information on the two programs are included in the enclosed brochure:

LLM in International and Comparative IP

The specialization in international and comparative protection of intellectual property is designed to expose students to the full range of legal and policy problems and conflicts that arise from domestic and international regulation of copyrights, trademarks, and patents.  Increasingly, minimum protections in these areas are being established in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.  Accordingly, the specialization will involve significant exposure to international trade law, as well as the legal history and comparative analysis of domestic intellectual property regimes. 

In order to qualify for the specialization in intellectual Property, a student must complete 16 credits hours from approved course offerings and complete a research paper of publishable quality specifically on the subject of their specialization.  A list of pre-approved course offerings is included below.  In addition, students may petition the Director of the International Legal Studies Program to obtain credit for a course in an IP-related subject area that is not on the list of pre-approved courses.  The research paper may be completed through an approved course, independent study or through another course that permits an IP-focused paper.  To complete the specialization, students must complete the form below and attach their final or most recent unofficial transcript from the Office of the Registrar.  Students interested in pursuing the IP specialization are encouraged to contact Sean Flynn, Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property for additional information and academic advising through their study.

LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Policy
The specialization in intellectual property and information policy is designed to train students in advanced study of the regulation of intellectual property and information dissemination in the U.S.  Course work examines topics such as the fundamental policy conflicts animating intellectual property jurisprudence, intellectual property formation in the different branches of government and concepts of the public interest in intellectual property law.

In order to qualify for the specialization in intellectual Property, a student must complete 12 credits hours from approved course offerings.  A list of pre-approved course offerings is included below.  In addition, students may petition the Law and Government Program to obtain credit for a course in an IP-related subject area that is not on the list of pre-approved courses.  To complete the specialization, students must complete the form below and attach their final or most recent unofficial transcript from the Office of the Registrar.  Students interested in pursuing the IP specialization are encouraged to contact Sean Flynn, Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property for additional information and academic advising throughout their course of study.