LLM in Intellectual Property

Interested in studying patent and trademarks?

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Lincoln Law School of San Jose is distinguished in its offering of Intellectual Property (IP) coursework and practical focus. The school’s IP Clinic is one of only a limited number of patent and trademark clinics nationwide and is a first in many regards. It is the first patent clinic in Northern California and Silicon Valley, the first trademark clinic in Silicon Valley (the second in Northern California), and the first (and only) non-ABA school to ever be admitted into the USPTO clinic program.

Students are prepared for the IP Clinic through a process mirroring the training of USPTO Patent Examiners. Through the IP Clinic, students have the opportunity of interacting directly with the USPTO and are mentored on a 1:1 basis.

Additionally, professors for the IP Clinic and for the school’s IP curriculum are active experts in their field, infusing their courses with practical experience and interpretations of current trends and developments.

Admission Requirements

A Juris Doctor, foreign law degree, or equivalent.

Curriculum

The standard curriculum is 20 units and is designed to take 1 year for students entering in the Fall Semester, as shown below. Students should contact the Admissions Coordinator for additional information.

First Year

Required Courses (7 Units):

Introduction to Intellectual Property
1 unit

Patent Prosecution Skills (a 3 part course)
3 units

Patent Drafting (a 2 part course)
2 units

Patent Claim Drafting
1 unit

Electives (2 Units) choose from:

Introduction to the US Legal System (a 2 part course)
2 units

Comparative Patent Law of EPO & US (a 2 part course)
2 units

Data Privacy & Security (a 2 part course)
2 units

Patent Bar Preparation (3 part course)
3 units

Additional general law elective options are available. Please contact the Admissions Coordinator for more information.

Capstone Preparation (1 Unit) choose from:

Introduction to Patent Clinic
1 Unit

Introduction to Master’s Thesis Preparation
1 Unit

Required Courses (2 Units):

Intellectual Property
1 unit

Legal Professionalism
1 unit

Electives (4-5 Units) choose from:

Introduction to the US Legal System (a 2 part course)
2 units

Comparative Patent Law of China & US (a 2 part course)
2 units

Comparative Patent Law of EPO & US (a 2 part course)
2 units

Data Privacy & Security (a 2 part course)
2 units

Patent Bar Preparation (3 part course)
3 units

Additional general law elective options are available. Please contact the Admissions Coordinator for more information.

Capstone Preparation (3 Unit) choose from:

Patent Clinic
3 Unit

Master’s Thesis 
3 Unit