Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

The Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M.in I.P.) program provides a concentrated post-graduate legal study program for practicing lawyers or graduates of foreign or domestic law schools. Candidates for this program include:  1) foreign lawyers who studied in law school programs that do not offer I.P. classes or who want to strengthen their knowledge base with an I.P. law degree from the United States; and 2) general practitioners who want to develop an I.P. specialization. 

Students have the option to pursue a thesis or non-thesis Master of Laws in Intellectual Property degree. Students may be enrolled on either a full-time or part-time basis.

All Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M. in IP) students must complete 24 credit hours. 

Unless waived by the School of Law, students must complete at least six credits from approved Intellectual Property core courses, six credits from approved Intellectual Property elective courses, one professional skills course, and an upper-level writing course. 

All LL.M. in I.P. students may also participate in the LL.M. Colloquium, which will be held on a regular basis and will include discussion of selected issues in I.P. law, as well as presentations of research and papers by faculty, visiting scholars, and outside guest speakers (often practicing lawyers).

Foreign LL.M. in I.P. students must also take Introduction to the U.S. Legal System. This course will familiarize students with the structure of the U.S. legal system, fundamentals of legal reasoning and analysis, and core concepts in the major areas of U.S. doctrinal law.

For the remainder of their required credit hours, LL.M. in I.P. students may enroll in any School of Law courses approved for the LL.M. in IP program.

For more information, please go to law.tamu.edu.