LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Director: J. Whealan; Faculty Advisers: M. Adelman, R. Brauneis, S. Kieff, D. Nunziato, R. Schechter

A minimum of 14 credits from the following courses is required,* including 2 credits graded on the basis of research paper. The research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a  thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 10 credits from the following courses are required.

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.


  • Patent Law (6471)
  • Copyright Law (6472)
  • International Copyright Law (6473)
  • Trademark Law and Unfair Competition (6474)
  • Entertainment Law (6475)
  • Patent Strategies and Practice (6476)
  • The Federal Circuit (6477)
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property Rights (6478)
  • Chemical and Biotech Patent Law (6480)
  • Design Law (6481)
  • Patent Enforcement (6482)
  • Patent Appellate Practice (6483)
  • Computer Law (6484)
  • Law in Cyberspace (6485)
  • Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law Seminar (6488)
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission (6489)
  • International and Comparative Patent Law (6490)
  • International Intellectual Property (6491)
  • Advanced Trademark Law (6492)
  • Intellectual Property Antitrust Seminar (6494)
  • Intellectual Property Law Seminar (6496)**
  • Selected Topics in Intellectual Property Law (6497)**
  • Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)

*Property (6208) also will be available; only students with a non-U.S. law degree who plan to take the New York bar examination may count this course toward the 14 credits required in the field.

**For 2015–2016, Intellectual Property Law Seminars may include Legislation, Digital Copyright, Multinational Protection of IP, and Advanced Entertainment Law. Intellectual Property Law Generic Courses may include U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Post-Grant Patent Proceedings.