USF offers three Master of Law (LLM) programs that make it possible for students who have already earned a law degree to expand their professional expertise and qualifications.
The LLM in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, which is open to foreign and U.S. candidates with law degrees, focuses on American and international law in the intellectual property field.
In the LLM Mentor Program, all international students benefit from individual counseling with a faculty member and one-on-one mentor relationships with USF alumni who are practicing attorneys or judges. Students attend hearings, depositions, and other legal proceedings with mentors, as well as social events.
The program can be completed in two full-time semesters (August through May). A part-time option is available with approval from the program director.
Graduates of the LLM programs may be eligible to take the bar examination in California and other states.
LLM Admissions Overview
Located in the heart of one of the world’s most dynamic and innovative cities, the USF School of Law offers a rigorous education with a global perspective in a diverse, supportive community. Its Master of Laws programs seek to admit a diverse group of students who are among the most capable lawyers from the Bay Area, nationwide, and countries throughout the world.
USF's LLM Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law 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.
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.
DAVID J. FRANKLYN | Professor, Director of the LLM program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and Director of the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law | BA, Evangel College; JD, University of Michigan
Professor Franklyn is author of numerous scholarly articles on trademark issues, and is co-author of McCarthy’s Desk Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property. In 2008, he presented at a U.S. Department of Commerce conference on intellectual property rights enforcement in Beijing, China. Franklyn previously clerked for the U.S. District Court of Eastern Michigan. He also spent five years in private practice in Chicago, and later taught at Northern Kentucky University. Franklyn teaches Copyright, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Theory, International Intellectual Property, and Trademark Law.
SUSAN FREIWALD | Professor | BA, JD, Harvard University
Professor Freiwald is an expert in cyberlaw and information privacy who has published articles in numerous legal journals. A former software developer, Freiwald has authored and co-authored amicus briefs in major cases involving electronic surveillance laws. She also regularly assists the Electronic Frontier Foundation with electronic surveillance litigation efforts and has served on the board of the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union. Freiwald teaches Contracts, Cyberspace Law, and Information Privacy Law.
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Last updated February 22, 2017