Master of Studies in Law in Intellectual Property Law (MSL-IP)

Degree Requirements

To earn the MSL-IP degree, students must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (3 credits),* and a minimum of 14 credits chosen from the intellectual property law curriculum, listed below. Full-time students are expected to complete the degree requirements in one academic year, whereas part-time students are expected to complete the degree in two years.

*Non-U.S. university or college graduates must also complete Legal Research and Writing for International LLM Students I (1 credit).

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  • Patent Law
  • Copyright Law
  • International Copyright Law
  • Trademark Law and Unfair Competition
  • Entertainment Law
  • Patent Strategies and Practice
  • The Federal Circuit
  • Licensing of Intellectual Property Rights
  • Intellectual Asset Management
  • Chemical and Biotech Patent Law
  • Design Law
  • Patent Enforcement
  • Patent Appellate Practice
  • Computer Law
  • Law in Cyberspace
  • Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law Seminar
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • International and Comparative Patent Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Advanced Trademark Law
  • Intellectual Property Antitrust Seminar
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Law Seminar
  • Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Law Seminar

Entrance Requirements

MSL-IP applicants must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree or equivalent
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience related to intellectual property
  • A TOEFL score in the 100-point range (for applicants whose undergraduate education was not entirely in English)

NOTE: Those who have completed a professional law degree are not eligible for this program. GW Law offers a master of laws (LLM) degree in intellectual property law for such candidates.

2017–18 MSL-IP Tuition

  • $49,440 ($2,060 per credit hour)

Application deadline for non-U.S. university graduates: March 15 for fall entry.

Application deadline for U.S. university graduates: May 1 for fall entry