12 months
56600 USD/year
56600 USD/year
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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.

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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

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


24 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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

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

    56600 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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