Program at a Glance


Intellectual Property Law, LLM


Online, On Campus

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Per Unit

Program Overview

The LLM in Intellectual Property program provides up-to-date instruction in such areas as biotechnology law, Internet, and software law. Students delve deeply into the areas of patent, trademark, and copyright law; draft agreements and litigation documents; and learn negotiating tips and strategies. The curriculum includes both domestic and international IP law courses, and offers an unprecedented level of instruction in legal issues relating to the creative arts with courses in entertainment, sports, and art law.

The Intellectual Property Law Center promotes excellence in teaching and scholarship through a variety of academic and extracurricular programs. It sponsors and develops various activities for students in the local legal community, one of the most robust and sophisticated legal markets for IP law in the world. The Center also sponsors the annual Intellectual Property Law & Policy Conference, which brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to address issues of interest and concern to the IP legal and business communities. Each conference features unique panels of scholars and practitioners in specialty areas of IP law.

Admission Requirements

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the admission cycle. To receive consideration by the Admissions Committee, applicants must submit their applications by the posted deadline. Applications may be accepted after the posted deadline and are reviewed on a space-available basis.

A complete LLM program application consists of the following:

  • Completed LLM Application, available at 
  • Personal Statement;
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.);
  • Character and Fitness Addendum (if applicable);
  • Letters of Recommendation;
  • Law School Transcripts (translated if not in English);
  • Interview (if applicable); and
  • Non-US applicants must submit additional documents, including English proficiency demonstrated with either the TOEFL, IELTS, interview with Program Director, or waived for the exceptions


To earn the LLM in Intellectual Property Law degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered both during the day as well as in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within three years of matriculation. LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the LLM in Intellectual Property Law program will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the legal rules, principles and theories in the relevant fields of substantive and procedural law.
  • The ability to apply the legal rules, principles, and theories in the relevant fields of substantive and procedural law in order to identify legal doctrine and resolve legal problems.
  • The ability to clearly and effectively communicate in a professional legal setting within the relevant fields of law.
  • The ability to succeed in the relevant fields of law.
  • Expertise in specific fields of substantive and procedural law within relevant LLM program of study that include: Students will learn about the major doctrinal areas of Intellectual property (IP) law, including patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks. They will understand what each type of IP law protects, what is required to obtain valid types of IP under each doctrine, what are the scopes and limits of protection under each doctrine, how long the rights last, and what remedies IP owners have for violations of their rights.

J-1 Visiting Scholar Program

GGU Law’s J-1 Visiting Scholar Program is intended to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences. It is also intended to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries.

Application Requirements

In addition to the application requirements listed above we recommend that LLM and SJD applicants from other nations bring with them an extra copy of their official transcripts of undergraduate and law studies as well as any official documents they have received from the courts or bar associations of their home country indicating that they have been admitted to practice law in that country. Students planning to prepare for a bar examination may need a transcript evaluation by an independent agency. This evaluation can be completed after students arrive to begin the LLM or SJD programs.

English Proficiency

Applicants who received their degrees outside the United States must satisfy the Admissions Committee of the proficiency of their English language abilities. An official TOEFL score report sent directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) to the appropriate program at GGU Law satisfies this requirement. Visit the TOEFL Website.

  • The TOEFL Institution Code for Golden Gate University is 4329
  • The TOEFL Department Code for the School of Law is 03

Applicants must receive a minimum TOEFL score of 580 Paper-based test (PBT), or 92 Internet-based test (iBT) for the LLM (Master of Laws) Programs in U.S. Legal Studies, International Legal Studies, Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Taxation, and the SJD (Doctorate) Program in International Legal Studies.

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GGU Law accepts International English Language Testing (IELTS) scores. Students need about Level 6.5 to be admitted to the LLM (Master of Laws) Programs and the SJD (Doctorate) Program in International Legal Studies.

Proficiency may be demonstrated with either the TOEFL, IELTS, interview with Program Director, or waived for the exceptions.