LLM in IP and Technology Law
USF's LLM Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law is open to students who have received a law degree from an American or foreign university.
The program requires completion of 25 units over two consecutive full-time semesters of study at the USF School of Law (August through May). The program may also be completed through part-time study with permission of the director.
The Intellectual Property and Technology Law program provides a thorough exposure to American, international, and comparative intellectual property law. The program equips students with a sufficient grounding in legal theory and practical skills to pursue gainful employment in the intellectual property field in the United States or abroad.
To this end, students pursuing the LLM degree are required to complete the Advanced Seminar in Intellectual Property, which includes extensive research and writing components. Students must also complete a minimum of six units of IP core courses (or show that they have satisfactorily completed equivalent courses at another law school). Students may allocate no more than three credits of non-IP course work toward the degree. Students must fulfill the remainder of the required 25-units by taking approved elective courses listed in the IP curriculum.
In addition, all international LLM students who have not received a degree from a U.S. university are required to take The American Legal System courses, which meet weekly in a small class and include visits to San Francisco courtrooms and other events.