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Intellectual Property and Technology Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Students in the IP LLM program come from diverse backgrounds, including law and science, and many have years of experience in the science and technology fields. The program is open to those with first degrees in law or who have a similar degree or are qualified to practice law in a foreign country. Patent and trademark practitioners are especially encouraged to participate in the program.

The program requires two consecutive full-time semesters of study at the USF School of Law (August through May). The program may also be completed through part-time study with permission of the director.

Students pursuing the LLM degree are required to complete the Advanced Seminar in Intellectual Property, which includes extensive research and writing components. Students must also complete a minimum of six units of IP core courses (or show that they have satisfactorily completed equivalent courses at another U.S. law school). In total, IP LLM students must take a minimum of 12 units of IP courses - although most take many more than this, as part of the 25 units that are required for the LLM degree here at USF.

In addition, all international LLM students who have not received a law degree from a U.S. university, are required to take the American Legal System I (2 credits fall semester) and the American Legal Writing and American Legal System II course (2 credits spring semester). The courses provide a strong foundation in the structure of the American legal system, and teach the practical skills lawyers need to succeed, including fact gathering, legal analysis, legal research and writing, problem-solving, and oral advocacy. Studies begin with an overview of the U.S. Constitution, the structure of the federal government, and federal and state judicial systems. Special emphasis is given to the relation between state and federal courts and the selection and function of American judges and juries. Classes are punctuated with visits to San Francisco courtrooms. Selected judicial interpretations of constitutional law and contract law are discussed.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Copyright Law
  • Cyberspace Law
  • IP Survey
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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General Requirements

  • Application Form
  • $70 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Certification of Finances
  • Financial Aid
  • English Language Requirement

Tuition Fee

  • International

    48150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48150 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    48150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 48150 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

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