Prospective Students

Degree Requirements

  • 24 credits of coursework (14 credits in approved Intellectual Property courses)
  • Research Track: Intellectual Property Writing Seminar and completion of a 30 page research paper
  • Practical Skills Track: Externship in relevant business, firm, or government office
  • More information 

Pre-Approved Specializations

  • Patent
  • Copyright
  • Trademark
  • Trade Secrets
  • Art and Design
  • Cyberlaw
  • Intellectual Property and Competition Law
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property
  • Media and Communications

Fellowship and Financial Aid Information for LL.M. Students

Information Justice Fellowship

The Information Justice Fellowship is designed for exceptional students enrolled in the WCL LL.M. in Intellectual Property program. Successful applicants will have an exemplary academic background and a demonstrated potential to excel.  The Fellowship is open to U.S. and foreign-educated applicants.

How to apply: Please see our Fellowship page for further information on benefits, qualifications, and application instructions. 

Need-Based Scholarship

The Intellectual Property LLM program offers partial scholarships based on financial need. These grants cover 2-8 academic credits and are applied to tuition charges only - they cannot be used towards housing or living expenses.

How to Apply:Please click here to download the Need-Based Scholarship. There is no application deadline however, due to limited funding; applicants are encouraged to apply early. 

Summer Program Scholarship

The Intellectual Property LLM program offers scholarships to incoming students who have taken courses in the IP summer program. We offer up to a half scholarship (12 credits) to qualifying students each semester.

How to Apply: Submit an essay along with a complete LLM program application to llm@wcl.american.edu addressing the following: Briefly describe a regional, international, or country specific legal problem and offer your solution to the problem. The essay may not exceed 750 words. Please note in the subject of your email Summer Program Scholarship Essay.

Additional Funding Resources
The above link provides additional funding sources and programs for international students and permanent residents.