LL.M. IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
EXCELLENCE IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
The University of Akron School of Law Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology is nationally-respected and renowned for:
- Providing one of the most comprehensive IP programs in the country — over 20 courses in IP Law
- Course credit with a United States Patent & Trademark Office trademark clinic every semester (including summer)
- Hosting distinguished speakers, including regular “Lunch & Learn” speakers to discuss career insights with the student body
- The annual Akron Law IP Scholars Forum – gathering IP law professors from around the country
- The Oldham Lecture Series on current IP issues
- Annual Akron Law IP Symposium – a Midwestern IP conference leader for over 20 years
- Our Intellectual Property Advisory Council – Akron Law’s advisory board of IP leaders from around the globe
The University of Akron School of Law’s Intellectual Property (IP) program was also awarded a grade “A-” rating in The National Jurist’s preLaw magazine for Spring 2018. Akron Law’s IP program received the grade because of the breadth of its curricular offering and for attaining high scores in each of the following benchmarks:
- Concentration in IP;
- Supporting the United States Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Clinic;
- IP Externships; and
- IP student organizations.
► Watch testimonial video from current students and graduates about why they chose Akron Law for their IP education; also hear from current faculty about the benefits and opportunities available to you in the IP program at Akron Law.
CAREER PLANNING AND PLACEMENT
The Akron Law Career Services office is well-versed in the unique resume and job application procedures IP law students require. The Director of the IP Center and the Assistant Dean for Career Services counsel IP law students on résumé writing, job searching, interviewing skills, and preparing for entrance into the legal profession. Law students participate annually in the national Patent Law Interview Program (PLIP), and the school organizes preparation sessions throughout the academic year for PLIP material and interview preparation as well as Patent Bar studying.
Akron Law students receiving either an IP LLM or IP Certificate have a job placement rate of 100% in the last five years.
Akron’s extensive IP law alumni database enables the IP Center to assist students with networking opportunities nationwide. The office assists in the placement of students in IP-law-related positions during summer sessions and upper-division years.
Graduates receive placement assistance, on request, throughout their careers. Akron’s reputation for excellence in intellectual property law education and high bar passage rate facilitates competitive placements for students and graduates in all areas of practice.
See Career Services at Akron Law for placement statistics and more information about our services.
HOW TO APPLY
In assessing an applicant’s academic record, the committee will pay attention to the nature and quality of the applicant’s previous educational experiences and coursework, in addition to the applicant’s educational institution, grade point average generally and in courses related to intellectual property and business, and class rank. Other factors considered will be advanced degrees, supported by official transcripts and the prospective student’s current work experience, with respect to its quality and the applicant’s performance.
Before a candidate may be considered for LL.M. admission, we must receive the following items:
- A complete LL.M. application
- Original, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- A personal statement addressing your preparation for and interest in an LL.M. degree in IP. Consideration will be given to work experience in intellectual property or related business experience, as a student or practitioner, as well as to any obstacles that you have overcome. The personal statement may not be longer than two pages.
- A two-page resume should preferably include education and employment on the first page and publications and awards on the second page.
Please note that an "entry level" law degree is required before one may pursue the LL.M. program. In the United States, this degree is the Juris Doctor, or J.D., degree. In many countries outside the U.S., the degree is called the Bachelor of Laws and Letters, or LL.B.
For international students
If English is not your first language OR you attended a school in which the majority of classes were not conducted in English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Preferred scores for the TOEFL IBT (internet based test) are a 102 or a 610 for the PBT (paper based test). The preferred score of the IELTS is a 7.5.
At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if:
- you have earned a degree from a college or University in the United States, or from a foreign college or University at which the majority of your classes were taught in the English language;
- or if your first language is English.
Please note: if the TOEFL/IELTS requirement is waived by the Admissions Committee, the student will not be eligible for any ESL accommodation. Therefore, it is recommended that all international students submit scores for either the TOEFL IBT or IELTS.