• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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
  • Intellectual Property and Technology Proseminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      24-36 months

  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Register and Create an Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Transcripts

Transcripts from each college or university you have attended are required. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted electronically with your application. 

  • Standardized Test Scores

Standardized tests are not required, but you may optionally include a score (e.g., GRE, GMAT, LSAT) with your application if you would like it considered.

  • Completed Patent Bar Eligibility Assessment Form

International students must also meet the requirements of 37 CFR 11.6(c)

  • Application Fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56604 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56600 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    56604 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56600 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Minneapolis

  • 1130 - 2050 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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