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LLM in Intellectual Property Law

For more than a decade, DePaul’s intellectual property law program has ranked among the best in the nation. The Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT®) oversees the program and is internationally recognized for its academic programs and faculty scholarship. With a broad range of course offerings, the LLM in Intellectual Property Law is regarded as one of the most comprehensive programs in the country.

The Master of Laws program begins with an orientation that introduces graduate students to DePaul's faculty, staff, library, computer and research facilities.  Students who received legal training outside the United States also will participate in a special course introducing them to the Socratic teaching method, the differences between civil and common law systems, and the foundations of the U.S. legal system. 

To earn the LLM in Intellectual Property Law, a student must complete 24 semester hours of credit with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.  A summer term is counted as a semester for this purpose. Students who complete 24 credit hours with a GPA below the 2.0 GPA required to earn the degree will not be permitted to continue taking classes to improve their GPA.  A student is automatically dismissed if he or she has a cumulative GPA below 2.0 for any three consecutive semesters. 

The LLM program may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis but it must be completed within five years.  With the exception of students admitted to and enrolled in the joint JD/LLM program, credits earned as part of the JD program do not count toward the LLM degree.  In addition, no credit is given for law courses taken before a student is admitted to and enrolled in the LLM program.

Course Requirements

Courses must be selected from the LLM in Intellectual Property Law courses listed below. 

Required Courses

Additional Required Courses for International Lawyers

Elective Courses


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