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What is the LL.M. in Patent Law program?

The LL.M. in Patent Law Program is a one-year LL.M. for scientists and engineers with a J.D. from an American law school who are interested in pursuing a career in the exciting and fast-growing field of patent law.

Who is the ideal candidate for this program?

The ideal candidate is one who possesses a strong interest in science and technology and has the capacity to quickly understand new technologies and communicate information relating to new inventions and innovations in a clear and concise manner.

What do we look for in our applicants?

We are looking for candidates that will have a high likelihood of successful placement in the patent law field. We look at applications holistically, while grades are a factor, professional work experience, a strong writing sample and your field of study may play a more important role. More specifically, there is a high demand for patent practitioners with degrees in physics, electrical engineering, chemical engineering or mechanical engineering, or with an advanced degree in the biological sciences. Students with these backgrounds will be considered more favorably for admissions and for scholarship awards.

Are scholarships available for this program?

Generous scholarships are available for exceptional candidates. All candidates are immediately considered for scholarships upon applying to the program. No separate scholarship application is required.

What is the application deadline?

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Substantial scholarships are available to applicants, with priority given to applications received before July 15, 2017.

Where can I find out more information about the LL.M. in Patent Law program?

For more information about our program, or to set up an informational interview, contact the Master of Science in Patent Law Program: patlaw@umn.edu

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