LL.M. Program Features

Credit Requirements

AUWCL offers an ABA-approved LL.M. degree in Intellectual property law. Award of the degree requires:

  • At least 24 credit hours (26 for NY Bar Exam eligibility) with a grade point average of 2.0 or better. 
  • 12 credits in approved intellectual property and information law courses, including at least one Foundational IP course (Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade Secrets, IP in Cyberspace).
  • During their first semester, graduates of non-common law programs are required to take American Legal Institutions, a two-part class that covers substantive U.S. law (2 credits) and Legal Research and Writing (2 credits).  These courses introduce students to the U.S. legal system and U.S. legal writing.

Candidates normally complete the degree as a full time student in one calendar year (including summer). The degree can be completed in two full time semesters on an accelerated schedule, and can be completed over a longer duration part time.

Candidates studying under an F1 or J1 visa must maintain full-time enrollment (8 credits) during the normal academic year (fall and spring semesters) and can pursue 6 or 7 credits in the summer. 

NY Bar Requirements

Completing the NY Bar requirements and the LL.M. in IP requirements requires a total of 24 credits. Students pursuing the NY Bar often complete the degree in a full calendar year, including up to 7 summer credits.

Required NY Bar Courses include:

  • American Legal Institutions (2 credits; offered Fall or Spring)
  • Legal Research & Writing (2 credits; offered Fall or Spring)
  • Legal Ethics (2 credits; offered Spring or Summer)

 Students pursuing the NY Bar must take at least 6 credits from the following approved courses:

  • U.S. Business Law (3 credits; offered Fall or Spring)
  • U.S. Contracts Law (4 credits; offered Spring)
  • U.S. Constitutional Law (3 credits; offered Fall)
  • U.S. Criminal Law (3 credits; offered Fall)

English for Lawyers

Students with a TOEFL score below 580 (237 CBT and 93 IBT) are required to take English for Lawyers. English for Lawyers is recommended for all students who wish to improve their English skills. This non-credit course is taught in conjunction with LAW 580-002 (Legal Research and Writing). The two courses share the same content base and complement each other with coordinated writing assignments.

Research or Practical Skills Focus

LL.M. candidates must elect either a Practical Skills Track or Research Track for their degree. Research candidates are required to take the IP Writing Seminar offered in the Fall of each year and complete a 30-page thesis on a topic of their choosing. Practical Skills candidates complete an externship through Washington College of Law's acclaimed Supervised Externship Program. Practical Skills candidates must take at least one writing seminar, which may include the IP Writing Seminar or, for foreign trained lawyers from non-common law backgrounds -- Legal Research & Writing (2 credits; offered Fall or Spring).

Summer Sessions in Washington and Geneva

Each summer, LL.M students can earn up to 7 classroom credits toward their specialization through courses offered in PIJIP’s three-week Intellectual Property Summer Sessions  in Washington D.C. or Geneva, Switzerland.