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LLM in IP & Technology Law Curriculum

The program requires 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.

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.

The Intellectual Property and Technology Law Program begins with an orientation week for foreign students. Foreign students will begin the American Legal System courses and become acquainted with the law school, law library, computer center, and other university facilities.

During orientation foreign students will also be instructed in basic research skills, meet with the program director to finalize their course of study, complete registration, and explore San Francisco with other LLM students. Some assistance is provided for locating permanent living accommodations and answering visa questions.

LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law – Representative Courses
Required
  • American Legal System I & II (for foreign students only)
  • IP Seminar
Core Courses
  • Copyright Law
  • Cyberspace Law
  • IP Survey
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
Electives*
  • Antitrust
  • Biotechnology Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Entertainment & Media Law
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Economic Transactions
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Law of Communications & the Press
  • Patent Licensing
  • Sports Law
  • Technology Contracting
  • Transactional Trademark Practice

*Sample courses