Master of Studies - IP

Director: J. Whealan

Faculty Advisers: M. Adelman, R. Brauneis, D. Nunziato, and R. Schechter

The degree of Master of Studies in Law in Intellectual Property Law (M.S.L.-IP) is designed for non-lawyer candidates who seek to obtain a deeper understanding of intellectual property law; those who have completed a professional law degree are not eligible for this program.

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Entrance Requirements

M.S.L.-IP applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree or equivalent, have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience related to intellectual property, and letter(s) of recommendation.

Admissions Process

Application forms are available from and should be returned to Graduate Programs Office, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. 20052.

U.S. Graduates—U.S. graduates are usually admitted for the fall semester. Spring admission may be granted at the discretion of the program director. Applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

Non-U.S. Graduates—Non-U.S. graduates are admitted for the fall semester only. Applications are due by March 15.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

To be considered for admission, students whose undergraduate degree was earned from a non-U.S. college or university in which English is not the primary language of instruction are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and attain a score in the 600-point range (paper-based) or 100-point range (Internet-based). Scores should be sent to the Law School’s Graduate Programs Office, International Student Division. TOEFL scores may not be more than two years old. To make arrangements for the test, visit www.toefl.org. Students also may be considered for admission with a score of 7.0 or above from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). To make arrangements for the test, visit www.ielts.org.

 

Degree Requirements for U.S. Graduates

To earn the M.S.L-IP degree, U.S. graduates must fulfill the following requirements: completion of 24 credit hours; attendance for an enrollment period of a minimum of two consecutive semesters; completion of Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (6694); and achievement of a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 at the time all requirements are met.

U.S. students who are full time (those enrolled for 9 or more credit hours per semester) are expected to complete all degree requirements within one calendar year of matriculation; those who are part time (enrolled for 8 or fewer credit hours per semester) are expected to complete all degree requirements within two calendar years of matriculation. Determination of the applicable time limit will be made on the basis of the number of credit hours for which the student enrolls in the first semester of his or her degree program. Students may be granted extensions of these time limits under appropriate circumstances. The Law School may exclude a student from further study once the student’s degree requirements are satisfied. Graduate students may be excluded or put on probation for low scholarship or for violation of Law School or University Codes; the procedure for reinstatement is as described in the respective sections of the Bulletin for Juris Doctor degree students.

Degree Requirements for Non-U.S. Graduates

To earn the M.S.L.-IP degree, all non-U.S. graduates must fulfill the following requirements: completion of 24 credit hours; attendance for an enrollment period of a minimum of two consecutive semesters; completion of Legal Research and Writing for International LL.M. Students I (6692) and Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (6694); and achievement of a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 at the time all requirements are met.

Non-U.S. graduates are expected to complete all degree requirements in one academic year. An extension for one semester may be granted by the program director in exceptional circumstances. The Law School may exclude a student from further study once the student’s degree requirements are satisfied. Graduate students may be excluded or put on probation for low scholarship or for violation of Law School or University Codes; the procedure for reinstatement is as described in the respective sections of the Bulletin for Juris Doctor degree students.

Courses

All candidates for the MSL-IP degree must complete a minimum of 24 total credit hours, including Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (6694) and a minimum of 14 credits from the following courses is required. MSL-IP candidates are not required to write a thesis, but are required to write a 2-credit research paper of at least 8,000 words. Non-U.S. graduates also are required to take Legal Research and Writing for International LL.M. Students I (6692), in addition to Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (6694), and a minimum of 14 credits from the list of required courses.


Courses

Intellectual Property (6470)

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)

Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)