LLM in IP and Technology Law
The technology revolution has made intellectual property, cyberlaw, and other high tech-related issues the hottest topics at American law schools.
Our students in our LLM Program in Intellectual Property and
Technology Law come from diverse backgrounds, for example, law and science, and
many have years of experience in the science
and technology fields. The program is open to not only those with
first degrees in law or have completed in a foreign country the university-based
legal education required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that
country, but also those who are qualified to practice law in a country, or the
equivalent thereof or otherwise deemed sufficiently qualified as determined by
our LLM Admissions Committee. Patent
and Trademark Practitioners are particularly welcomed to apply for admission to
our IP LLM Program.
We have an variety of courses here at the law school in the IP,
Science and Technology Law field, including Antitrust and IP Rights, Copyright
Law, Cyberlaw, Information Privacy Law, Intellectual Property Survey,
International Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Science and the Law, and
Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the University
of San Francisco serves as the center of its intellectual Property and
Technology Program, which includes a distinguished faculty,
internationally-focused curriculum, innovative clinical offerings, as well as a
vibrant student organization and nationally-recognized student publication.
USF's faculty and students have been involved in the IP field
for decades. Professor J. Thomas McCarthy, for whom the institute is named, has
served on the faculty for 35 years. An intellectual property law pioneer,
McCarthy is recognized as a pre-eminent expert in the field.
More specifically, the McCarthy Institute is the premier
trademark law institute in the world. We are devoted to advancing knowledge
about trademark law around the globe. We have partnered with the the heads of
industry, government, legal practice and the academy, to bring forward a
cutting-edge, annual symposium on trademark laws. Last year’s conference was
held at Fox Entertainment in Los Angeles. We are delighted to have a special
partnership with Russell Pangborn, Associate General Counsel of Microsoft
Corporation as a valued partner. Microsoft has served as the primary partner
and co-sponsor of each of our annual trademark symposia. This year’s annual symposium, “Trademark Law
and Its Challenges 2014”, is taking place in London, England, in March.
We invite you to read more about the McCarthy Institute at www.usfca.edu/law/mccarthy/ and its faculty atwww.usfca.edu/law/mccarthy/faculty.
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.