Patent Law

University of Minnesota

12 months
52560 USD/year
52560 USD/year
43704 USD/year
Tuition fee
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An LL.M. in Patent Law prepares students with a J.D. from an American law school University of Minnesota for numerous career opportunities in the booming area of patent law. This one-year program is aimed at students who possess a technical degree in addition to a J.D., though a technical degree is not required.


Inventors and companies use patents to bring new ideas to market and generate revenue. The Law School’s rich Patent Law program from University of Minnesota combines traditional study of the complexity of patent law with project-based learning about business strategies and extensive practical hands-on training. We prepare you for a multitude of careers in patent-intensive industries, from medical technology to computer software.

When you finish, you will understand the science behind patents, the law that secures them, and the techniques to manage innovation and maximize the value of resulting patents. You also will create a portfolio of practice-based work, including drafting a patent application, drafting a licensing agreement, presenting a patent strategy and presenting opportunities for innovation.

Your coursework includes:

  • Traditional law school classes
  • ​Workshops where you develop practical skills like problem-solving and drafting patents
  • Intensive training in writing skills necessary to succeed in patent law
  • Project-based capstone course where you complete a portfolio of your work to show employers
  • Proseminar to learn about the wide range of career opportunities in the fields of patent law, innovation management, and technology businesses.
  • Wide range of electives that allows you to tailor your curriculum to your goals.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Patents
  • Patent Prosecution Practice 
  • Patent Portfolio Management
  • Patent Law Proseminar
  • Patent Prosecution 
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • Patent Law Capstone: Innovation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

A completed application includes:

  • application form and application fee
  • official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • two letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • proof of English proficiency demonstrated through adequate TOFEL or IELTS scores
  • résumé or CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52560 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    52560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52560 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    43704 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43704 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

Tuition does not include University and Law School fees, health insurance, books and supplies, or living expenses.


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Patent Law
University of Minnesota