Students in the Intellectual Property Law & Policy LLM program must satisfy both Graduate School and UW School of Law requirements. Full-time students can typically complete the course of study within one nine-month academic year. The LLM degree requires completion of 40 course credits, 30 of which must be IP. International students interested in taking the New York or Washington state bar examination should anticipate taking between 43-45 quarter hours of course credit to complete the requirements of the LLM degree and the New York, California or Washington state bar examination.. An additional quarter of study is strongly recommended for students seeking to sit for the bar.


  • Trademark & Trade Secret Law (P502) 4 credits
  • Copyright Law (P507) 3 credits
  • Patent Law (P508) 3 credits
  • American Legal Systems and Method (B550) 4 credits [requirement for international students]
  • Advanced Writing Project (4 credits of IP law and policy-related coursework graded primarily based on an advanced legal writing project that requires advanced skills in writing, drafting, analysis, or research, including writing projects done as part of a seminar course or approved practicum.).

Approved elective courses

Advanced IP

  • Advanced Copyright Law Seminar (P522) 3 credits
  • Advanced Patent Law Seminar (P545) 3 credits
  • Advanced Trademark Seminar (P546) 3 credits
  • Intellectual Property in East Asia (P543) 3 credits
  • International Intellectual Property (P505) 2 credits
  • Intellectual Property Theory, (P520), 3 credits

IP in Industry Context

  • Bio-entrepreneurship and the Law (B570) 3 credits
  • Entertainment Law (P535) 3 credits
  • Legal, Ethical and Social Issues in Public Health Genetics (H504) 3 credits
  • Legal Protection of Computer Software (P547) 3 credits
  • Legal Issues in Museums (E562) 4 credits
  • Music Law & Policy Practicum (P536) 3 credits
  • Privacy Law (E544) 2 credits
  • Topics in Law and Medicine (H510) 4 credits

IP in Other Disciplines

  • Advanced Writing Seminar in IP Law & Policy (P510) 4 credits
  • Antitrust and IP Rights (P509) 3 credits
  • Antitrust Law and Policy (A552) 4 credits
  • Economic Analysis of Intellectual Property (P504) 3 credits
  • Genetics and the Law (H520) 2 credits
  • International Contracting (B516) 4 credits
  • Law and Economics (A561) 4 credits
  • Law, Technology and Development (P539) 2 credits
  • Medical Malpractice (H502) 3 credits
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property (T545) 2 credits
  • Taxation of E-Commerce (T547) 4 credits

IP in Practice

  • Drafting Technology Contracts (P577) 3 credits
  • Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (E523) 3 credits each quarter
  • Intellectual Property Practicum (P528) 1-4 credits
  • Litigation Strategies for Protection of Technology (P548) 3 credits
  • Strategic Intellectual Property Commercialization (P552) 3 credits
  • Patent Prosecution (P550) 4 credits
  • Patent Prosecution and Counseling Practicum (P551) 4 credits
  • Technology Law & Public Policy Clinic (E554) 4 credits each quarter
  • Transnational Intellectual Property Law and Theory (P506) 3 credits


Tutorials provide students a small and relaxed setting, usually 1-5 students, to delve into a specialized topic and to learn from the experiences of faculty and practitioners. Tutorials have included the following topics:

  • Advanced Trademark Practice
  • Comparative IP Enforcement
  • Technology Transfer
  • Art, Law and Social Practice
  • Legal Issues and Intellectual Property in Video Games
  • First Amendment and Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Licensing
  • International Protection of Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Folklore
  • IP Standards Law/Engagements
  • Patent Litigation Management
  • New Media Licensing

Note on other courses: Students are allowed to take courses outside of the list of approved electives including basic American law classes in order to satisfy the New York or Washington Bar Exam requirements and courses outside of the law school with approval of the Director.