Degree Requirements

The LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program is a two-semester, full-time, 24-credit program, beginning in late August and ending in late May. All students take three of the four “core” courses: Intellectual Property, Copyright, Patents and Trademark and Unfair Competition. They also participate in the spring semester Intellectual Property Workshop Seminar, where they discuss and react to the scholarly works-in-progress of America’s leading IP academics. (The director may waive core course requirements for students who have completed substantially similar work at another law school.)

Domestic students must complete 24 credits in intellectual property and related classes. Students with foreign law degrees must take "Introduction to American Law" and a "Legal Research and Writing seminar" (unless waived with the director’s permission), each for two credits in the fall semester.  They must complete their remaining 20 credits in intellectual property and related classes.

Foreign-trained candidates who intend to take a U.S. bar exam after their LL.M. studies should consider applying to the LL.M. in American Law Program and pursuing that program's Intellectual Property Concentration, which affords them access to the same range of intellectual property coursework. in addition to a full-range of bar-qualifying classes. Because the curriculum of LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program is exclusively focused on intellectual property-related classes, its program of study does not typically qualify foreign-trained lawyers to take a U.S. bar exam

Except for the required courses for foreign law graduates, all courses are offered through the BU Law’s J.D. curriculum (and are therefore open to J.D. students). Students must complete their minimum 24 credits (with at least ten credits a semester) with a final weighted average of at least 2.30 (C+) for all courses taken.

Candidates to the LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law Program must hold a first degree in law, or its equivalent, from an ABA-accredited law school or a comparably recognized law school or law faculty outside the United States. Admission is highly competitive and depends to a great extent on the demonstration of outstanding ability in previous law studies.

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