Master of Laws (LLM)
As technology continues to transform our economy and culture, businesses need a new breed of lawyers who understand the legal and commercial aspects of new technology as well as the challenges of bringing new products and new companies to market.
Open to practicing attorneys and recent law graduates, Cornell Tech's one-year Master of Laws (LLM) in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship degree will provide you with the specialized skills you need to support and lead tech companies in the increasingly complex and dynamic digital economy.
Learn in Teams at the Intersection of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Cornell Tech's Master of Laws in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship is the first degree of its kind in the world. It's a year-long immersion in innovation, creativity and new business development that will have you learning side-by-side with designers, engineers, and business students. Working together in teams, you'll create new products for existing businesses in the Product Studio and develop your own new business in the Startup Studio. You'll also have ample opportunity to network with the vibrant community of investors, business leaders and entrepreneurial faculty members that only a city like New York and a university like Cornell can provide.
Who Should Apply?
The Master of Laws in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship is for practicing attorneys or recent law graduates who want to further hone their legal and leadership skills in the heart of New York City’s ever-evolving technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
- Tech and Corporate Transactions
- Intellectual Property
- Employment Law
- Internet Law
Technology Transactions I
This course is designed to familiarize students with common issues that arise in technology transactions, and how they are addressed by attorneys who structure such transactions. Going beyond the black letter law, it will draw on the expertise of lawyers and law firms with substantial experience in the area who will review the principal transactional documents in detail and describe how they address the principal issues that arise in technology transactions. Although topics may be modified over each semester, a wide range of topics is expected to be covered, including Formation Issues; Initiating a Technology Transaction; Common Transactions for Early Stage Companies; Patent Prosecution; License Agreements; Technology in M&A Transactions; and Open Source Software. Students who complete this course will have a strong foundational understanding of the principal technology transactions and how they are structured and documented. They will be able to think through the principal legal issues that are likely to arise and formulate strategies in response.
The LLM curriculum will teach you the legal principles and practical business applications you need to support and lead technology companies in the increasingly complex and dynamic digital economy.
You’ll also explore the public policy and legal frameworks that promote or limit innovation and analyze the institutional, legal and business issues that affect technology-related startups. In an educational innovation unique to Cornell Tech, you'll also participate in an immersive Studio Experience, in which you'll develop your team-building and leadership skills while developing a new product idea in response to the strategic needs of a real organization and create your own startup.
What Your Schedule Might Look Like
In the fall you’ll spend your mornings in classroom-based courses covering the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, venture capital, privacy, cybersecurity and intellectual property. In the afternoons you'll work on team-based projects in Product Studio and Startup Ideas.
In the spring you’ll continue your required classroom coursework and complement it with three electives. In the afternoons you’ll provide legal counsel to your team members as you pursue projects in Startup Studio.
Cornell Tech offers three application rounds. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application when ready. We will consider applicants that apply in each application round. We review applications as we receive them.
The 2018-2019 application deadlines are as follows:
Round 1 - Friday, October 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET
Round 2 - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET
Round 3 - Friday, January 18, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET
Round 4 - Friday, March 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET
Following the Round 4 application deadline, the Admissions Committee will review applications on a rolling basis and release decision accordingly until Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
To be considered, all applicants must provide the following in their online application:
You must submit a current résumé along with your application. With the use of LinkedIn, you will have the option to auto-populate the employment and education information listed within your online professional profile. Any information that is auto-populated from LinkedIn can be edited.
Please note, this must be the most current and relevant information regarding your bachelor’s degree and all post–bachelor’s degree education and employment.
At Cornell Tech you will be part of an environment where creativity, leadership and the ability to work with technologists, entrepreneurs, and others, are of equal importance. We value expressions of who you are and what you add to this formula. Please submit a one to the two-page statement that describes your interest in this program. Your submission should highlight personal experiences that demonstrate your creativity, leadership, and ability to work in an innovative environment.
In particular, feel free to elaborate on projects you have completed and their creative (and technical, if any) aspects; any entrepreneurial or leadership experiences; your professional career goals; the benefit you envision being part of the tech ecosystem in New York City; and why this program is the one for you.
Recommenders should be faculty members, supervisors or other individuals who know you professionally and have seen you play a major role in substantial projects. Recommendations must be submitted online.
Transcripts from each previously-attended law school and university are required and must be uploaded online with the application. Admitted students will be required to submit official transcript(s) directly to Cornell Law School prior to matriculation.
A nonrefundable application fee of $95 must be submitted with the online application.
In addition to the program requirements listed above, international applicants must provide a certified English translation of transcripts if the original language is not English. Successful international applicants will have received a baccalaureate degree in law from a college or university of recognized standing.
Proficiency in English is required for admission and your level of proficiency, as demonstrated by all aspects of the application, is a significant factor in our decision-making process. If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) unless you have received your first degree in law from a college or university in a country where both the language of instruction and the native language is English. A minimum overall TOEFL score of 100 (Internet-based) is required in order to be considered for admission.Our institution code is 2098, department code 03. The official score report must be received in order for an application to be considered. The TOEFL is offered frequently throughout the world.