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2015-2016 Application Information

The Master of Science in Patent Law Program is a professional master's degree for scientists and engineers interested in pursuing a career in the field of patent law.

This is a full-time one-year master's degree program. Applications are now being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Qualified U.S. and international students are encouraged to apply.


Application Requirements

1. Review the Application Instructions
The application form includes detailed instructions that should be fully reviewed prior to completing and submitting the application.

2. Application Form
Complete the application form in detail.

3. Personal Statement
Provide a personal statement (1-3 pages, double spaced) articulating the reason(s) you are interested in the field of patent law and why you are an ideal candidate for this program.

4. Resume
Include a resume (1-2 pages) outlining relevant course work and professional experience.

5. Letter(s) of Recommendation
Submit at least one letter of recommendation. If possible, this person should be someone from an academic setting who can attest to your ability to succeed in a competitive professional program. If you have been out of school for two or more years, the recommender may be from your employer or other person from a professional setting. No more than three letters of reference will be considered for a candidate.

6. Transcripts
Transcripts from each college or university you have attended are required. Unofficial transcripts may be provided for purposes of applying, but official transcripts, submitted directly by institutions attended, must be provided upon acceptance into the program.

7. Standardized Test Scores
The requirement of GRE or LSAT scores is waived for 2014-2015 applicants, but you may optionally include a score with your application if you would like it considered.

8. Completed Patent Bar Eligibility Assessment Form
Students interested in the Master of Science in Patent Law program will likely want to sit for the patent bar exam after the program's conclusion. In order to take the patent bar exam, students must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). You are solely responsible for reviewing the USPTO eligibility requirements and determining whether you will be eligible to sit for the Patent Bar upon completion of the M.S. in Patent Law Program. The requirements are described in the General Requirements Bulletin which can be found here: http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/oed/exam/OED_GRB.pdf

International students must also meet the requirements of 37 CFR 11.6(c).

Applicants who are not patent bar eligible may still apply but must show that they will be patent bar eligible upon completion of the program or that they do not intend to practice before the USPTO. Students may have the option of taking 1-2 technical courses as part of the program if needed to meet eligibility requirements.

9. TOEFL Score (if applicable)
Applicants whose native language is not English must provide TOEFL scores. This requirement is waived if you have an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution. Unofficial scores may be submitted for application purposes, but official scores are required upon acceptance into the program.

10. Application Fee
A non-refundable $75 application fee is required for your application to be complete.


How to Apply

Submit via postal mail the original version of each required application document. Letter(s) of Recommendation should be submitted by the referrer(s) to the same address. Send to:

Chris Frank, J.D., Program Director of Master of Science in Patent Law Program
411 Walter F. Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Acceptance Criteria

This program prepares students for a career in the field of patent law. Candidates will be evaluated based upon a number of factors, including: technical background, professional experience, writing ability, patent bar eligibility, references and academic success.


Tuition and Scholarship Information

Tuition is equivalent tuition in the J.D. program. Included with tuition will be a five-day patent bar exam preparation course. Tuition does not include University and Law School fees, health insurance, books and supplies, or living expenses.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships will be awarded automatically to qualified candidates. No separate application is required in order to receive a scholarship.



Please send any questions or status inquiries to patlaw@umn.edu.

Program Director
Chris Frank

Please send inquiries to patlaw@umn.edu.