LL.M. in Intellectual Property

LL.M. - Master of Laws Degree

There is a strong, persistent demand for well- trained IP lawyers in law firms, in-house legal departments, and government across a range of industries. Many of these firms, industries and agencies have roots in New Jersey or Manhattan. Seton Hall Law School has a long history of offering a wide array of IP courses, and created an IP concentration for J.D. students in 2000. In 2007, the Law School’s IP program became the Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology, and in 2008, the Gibbons Institute received acquiescence from the American Bar Association to establish an LLM in IP law. Seton Hall Law School now provides training beyond the J.D. degree to select students, practitioners and scholars in the growing and increasingly complex IP discipline.

ADMISSION

The Gibbons Institute seeks to admit highly qualified candidates with a particular interest in IP law, including patent, trademark, copyright and technology law. All candidates must hold a Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.

We seek candidates for the LLM program from among attorneys already practicing IP law who wish to increase their exposure to and credentials in the field; attorneys who wish to transition from other practice areas to IP; government officials and regulators who specialize or wish to specialize in IP related issues; and law school graduates who are interested in teaching or other academic or research work relating to IP law. It is possible for students to combine courses from the Health and the IP LLM curricula.

In making its selections, the LLM admissions committee will consider depth of practice experience, quality of law school academic record, demonstrated interest in intellectual property law, and evidenced ability to do superior academic work. In most cases, we highly recommend that a candidate have at least two or three years of practice experience, beyond a judicial clerkship, before commencing the graduate program.

The application deadline for the Spring 2013 semester is October 1, 2012.    Classes begin January 15, 2013. 

An application fee of $60 is required.  Please pay LLM application fee online or mail to:

The Office of Graduate Programs
Seton Hall School of Law
One Newark Center, Room 208
Newark, NJ 07102

Please make checks payable to Seton Hall Law School.  If you require any additional information, please contact Helen A. Cummings, Assistant Dean of  Graduate Programs, at helen.cummings@shu.edu or 973-642-8380 for more information.

Late applications will be accepted on a case-by-case basis. If you are submitting a late application, please submit the online application form and then notify Helen. A. Cummings at helen.cummings@shu.edu that you have submitted the on-line application.

COURSE OF STUDY

LLM candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 24 credit hours of course work at the Law School;
  2. Completion of a high quality paper, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member (3 credits); and
  3. Maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.0.

LLM candidates may pursue one of five sub-specialties:

  1. Patent Law and Policy,
  2. Trademark Law and Policy,
  3. Copyright Law and Policy,
  4. Intellectual Property and Life Science Industry, or
  5. Intellectual Property and Telecommunications Industry

Regardless of the chosen specialty, every student must take the following three courses: Patent Law (2 credits), Trademark Law (3 credits), and Copyright Law (3 credits); and complete a 3 credit paper seminar. The remaining 13 credits will be electives from among the Law School’s IP curriculum, with some allowance for limited credits from the health law curriculum. The graduate student’s faculty advisor will aid the student in selecting electives appropriate to the student's subspecialty. No credits can be applied from a JD program to the Seton Hall LLM Program, but a student who has taken similar courses in his/her JD program may be excused from taking courses that would otherwise be required for the LLM.

LLM students are encouraged to complete the degree within two years of commencing enrollment in the program, but they have up to six years to do so.

COURSE OFFERINGS

CORE COURSES

  1. Advanced Topics in Intellectual Property
  2. Biotechnology and the Law
  3. Communications Law and Policy
  4. Comparative and International Intellectual Property (proposed 2007-08)
  5. Copyright
  6. Electronic Commerce
  7. Information Privacy Law
  8. Intellectual Property
  9. Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law
  10. Intellectual Property Licensing
  11. Internet Law
  12. Law and Genetics
  13. Patent Claim Drafting
  14. Patent Law & Practice
  15. Practical Application of IP in Technology Agreements
  16. Technology, Human Rights & Equality
  17. Trademark and Unfair Competition
  18. Trademark Registration
  19. Trademark Theory
  20. United States Patent Application Preparation and Prosecution

RELATED COURSES

  1. Administrative Law
  2. Antitrust
  3. Business Planning
  4. Corporate Finance
  5. Drug Innovation, Regulation and Costs
  6. Food and Drug law
  7. Independent Research

SEMINAR PAPER

In most cases, the LLM student will convert his or her seminar paper into the Master's Thesis. This will enable the student to spend two semesters of concentrated effort on the topic, presumably under the direction of the seminar teacher, who would continue the supervisory responsibilities through the second semester. Only full-time faculty serve as thesis supervisors. The LLM seminar paper must be a scholarly paper of publishable Law Review quality, of at least 25 pages in length.

ACADEMIC STANDING

LLM students must remain in good academic standing throughout the program. In order to graduate, LLM students must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0. Students will be dismissed if their grades render it impossible to attain this GPA at the completion of the required program of study. Those with a GPA below a 3.0 are required to make an appointment with the Administrator of Graduate Programs to discuss appropriate next steps.

EXAM PROCEDURES

Each student is given an exam number. In addition to using his or her exam number, each student should indicate on the front of his/her exam that he/she is an LLM candidate. This allows professors to exclude graduate students from the mandatory J.D. grading curve. No other reference to identity should be indicated on the exam. Every effort to maintain a student’s anonymity will be made; however, anonymity may sometimes be compromised due to the small number of graduate students enrolled in a given class.

How to Apply or Request Additional Information About the Seton Hall Law LLM Program.

Online LLM Application

For additional information, please contact

Helen A. Cummings, JD
Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs
helen.cummings@shu.edu
973-642-8380

or request information online.