Degree Requirements

  • 24 credits of coursework (14 credits in approved Intellectual Property courses)
  • Thesis or equivalent substantial written work product
  • Intellectual Property Writing Seminar

Prospective Students

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


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American University Washington College of Law’s top-tier intellectual property program is pleased to offer a unique Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property.

The LL.M. is designed for U.S. and foreign attorneys looking to study with a large and varied faculty in an academic environment with a strong international and public interest focus. With its breadth of theoretical and practical coursework, the program is well suited to those seeking to further careers in public or private practice or in academia.

Partial tuition merit scholarships are avaialble for outstanding applicants. 

Why American University is right for you

Top-tier Academic Program

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 in international law, public interest law and clinical legal education.  

Flexible Course of Study

As a student in the LL.M program, you can design a course of study that is right for you. Choose your schedule from one of the largest sets of intellectual property courses in the world, including day and evening classes offered all year long. You have the option to pursue nearly a dozen pre-approved Certificate of Specializations. 

Unique Summer Programs

Short courses offered through PIJIP’s Intellectual Property Summer Sessions in Washington D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland, create excellent opportunities to combine classroom work with experiential learning in two centers of global intellectual property law and policy. Summer partiicpants not yet admitted to the LL.M program may apply up to four summer credits toward a later degree. 

Internationally Renowned Faculty

Washington College of Law has one of the largest intellectual property faculties in the world. Over a dozen full time professors teach a comprehensive range of intellectual property and related courses. Full time faculty teach each of the core subjects of Patent, Copyright, Trademark, Trade Secrets and Cyberlaw. Students also learn from over a dozen senior practioners from the Copyright Office, US Patent and Trademark Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization and leading gloabl intellectual property law firms and visiting scholars.  

Individualized Attention

Each graduate student in the LL.M. program receives individualized career and academic advising from faculty members. LL.M students are integrated into career advising programs offering opportunites for one-on-one career counseling with members of one of the largest intellectual property alumni networks in the world.

Dynamic Programs and Student Body

The LL.M. is part of the flagship  Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), an academic and research center at the cutting edge of intellectual property policy debates around the world. PIJIP hosts the U.S. affiliate of Creative Commons, the news and analysis blog, numerous public impact research projects and the first-of-its kind Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic. Students at the law school manage numerous intellectual property related publications and organizations. Washington College of Law's Supervised Externship Program promotes students to take full advantage of their Washington D.C. location to learn by doing.