LL.M. in Intellectual Property

The Master of Laws in Intellectual Property offers concentrations in U.S. intellectual property law and policy and in international and comparative intellectual property law and policy.  This program enables graduate students from U.S. and foreign law schools to engage with the full range of legal and policy problems and conflicts that arise from domestic and international regulation of copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. The program has been specifically tailored to enable LLM students to take maximum advantage of the unique organizations and resources in Washington, DC and also through a summer program in Geneva Switzerland. 

Outstanding applicants may qualify for the Information Justice Fellowship, which includes tuition support for up to half of the required credits, as well as mentoring and the opportunity to organize an event relevant to one's area of specialization.  

LL.M. Program Requirements

The LLM degree requires the completion of twenty-four credit hours with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better. Candidates normally complete the degree as a full time student in one calendar year, including summer. At least twelve credits must be taken from the approved intellectual property and information law courses, including at least one Foundational IP course (Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secrets, IP in Cyberspace). LLM candidates must elect either a Practical Skills Track or Research Track for their degree.


Why American University is right for you

American University Washington College of Law is perennially recognized as among the top places in the world to study intellectual property law. The program builds on AUWCL's other major strengths, including international law, public interest law and clinical legal education.

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