LLM in Intellectual Property Law Program

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A top ten program in intellectual property

BU Law is proud to offer a select group of lawyers the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in one of the most dynamic fields of legal practice today: intellectual property law. This initiative builds upon the academic excellence that has earned our school its leading reputation in the field. BU Law has been ranked one of the top intellectual property law schools, ranking 9th among American law schools for intellectual property law studies, according to U.S. News & World Report (2018 edition).

The excitement of studying IP law at our school is palpable. Our world-renowned intellectual property faculty; the breadth of curricular choices in such emerging topics as the internet and biotechnology; and a graduate student body representing over 30 nations—with backgrounds in high-technology, engineering, biotechnology, publishing, the arts, and entertainment—create a truly invigorating learning environment for advanced study.

As an Intellectual Property Law LLM student, you will pursue a range of IP and IP-related classes offered through the School’s JD curriculum. That means you will have access to the law faculty consistently ranked at or near the top of the Princeton Review’s “Best Professors” list. Included among our intellectual property instructors are a number of prominent practitioners engaged in cutting-edge work at Boston’s top intellectual property boutiques and biotechnology companies.

You will also benefit from being a part of a world-class university: Students seeking interdisciplinary-learning can supplement their law studies by cross-registering in IP-related classes at the University’s other graduate schools.

If you are not familiar with Boston, you will soon discover that it is a robust and vibrant market for intellectual property work and study, boasting the highest concentration of high-tech industries in America, with leading-edge software, hardware, biotechnology, and medical device firms. You will benefit directly from being in one of America’s leading communities for discovery and innovation.

The program’s limited size ensures that each Intellectual Property Law LLM student receives the dedicated support of a faculty advisor and full-time career manager, in addition to the undivided attention of the program director, who is available to counsel on all academic planning and adjustment issues.

In a world where people can send infinite copies of digital assets around the globe, instantly and at no cost, clients demand competent counsel to protect their substantial interests in intellectual properly. Few schools will better prepare you for this challenge than BU Law. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked us among the nation’s top ten schools for intellectual property law studies. Each year, we invite a select group of lawyers to seize the future through advanced training in this all-important field.

As a BU Law Intellectual Property Law LLM student, you will pursue a range of IP and IP-related classes offered through the School’s JD curriculum. That means you will have access to the law faculty consistently named to the top of Princeton Review’s “Best Professors” list. Included among our intellectual property instructors are a number of prominent practitioners engaged in cutting-edge work at Boston’s top intellectual property boutiques and biotechnology companies. Hear more about the program from Assistant Dean John Riccardi, or download a program overview here.

Interested in intellectual property, but not sure you want the full LLM? We also have a concentration in IP available in the American Law Program.

The LLM in Intellectual Property Law Program is highly selective and, therefore, extremely small. On average, the program enrolls five or fewer students each year. Approximately 80 percent of the program’s students are foreign-trained. Among the foreign-trained students who have gained admission are those who have demonstrated an impressive track record in prior intellectual property law studies or practice—as well as a solid command of English writing and verbal skills.

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