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


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American University Washington College of Law (AUWCL) offers a unique Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in Intellectual Property through one of the world’s leading centers for the study of intellectual property and information law. Applications are now being accepted for Information Justice Fellowships – a merit scholarship, internship and mentoring program for outstanding candidates.

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.  

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.  

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. 

Washington, D.C. Location 

Located in the nation's capitol, our program has long term relationships with intellectual property policymakers and the larger practice community, including attorneys in  the US Copyright Office, US Patent and Trademark Office, and numerous firms specializing in intellectual property. We have recently moved to AUWCL's new Tenley Campus - a unique 8 ½-acre space one block from the AU-Tenleytown Metro station featuring 5 courtrooms, 37,000 square feet of classrooms, and numerous student conference and study areas - more convenient than ever to downtown and Capitol Hill, well situated to host federal government officials, local practitioners, and alumni.  

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 practitioners from the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Trade Organization and leading global intellectual property law firms and visiting scholars.   

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 participants not yet admitted to the LL.M program may apply up to four summer credits toward a later degree. 

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 opportunities 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, numerous public impact research projects, the first-of-its kind Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, and the news and analysis blog. 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.