LL.M. in Intellectual Property Entrance Requirements

In order to be eligible for the LL.M. in Intellectual Property, applicants must:
  1. Have completed a law degree at a U.S. law school accredited by the American Bar Association or at a foreign law school with equivalent standards.
  2. Submit a completed application form along with supporting materials before the application deadline. Each application included: a) Statement of Purpose b) Official Copies of Academic Records c) Two Letters of Recommendation.
  3. Applicants whose first language is not English must take one of the following English competency tests.  Applications will not be considered complete until results have been submitted. This requirement is waived for applicants who have received their law degree from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, or New Zealand. 
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    3. Pearson Test of English (PTE)
    4. International Legal English Certificate (ILEC)

Students will be evaluated on their complete application package. In light of the challenges inherent in comparing academic performance across multiple programs, a student’s entire record, including English proficiency, will be assessed to identify those who will be successful in the program.  This includes academic consistency and persuasive explanations for any significant issues of potential concern.

When evaluating a prospective student’s statement of purpose, attention will be given to the student’s level of commitment to the pursuit of an intellectual property degree, as opposed to a general interest in an LL.M. degree, and to whether the student demonstrates a clear understanding of the purpose and requirements of the LL.M. in Intellectual Property.

Applicants who do not demonstrate outstanding proficiency in English should explain any measures that will be taken to improve their ability to excel in English-language instruction, such as participation in American University's Legal English Programs.  

For more information on eligibility requirements, application information, and scholarship opportunities, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions webpages.