How to Apply

Application Information

The LL.M. in Patent Law Program is a degree for students with a J.D. from an American law school who possess a technical background and are interested in working in the field of patent law.

Students may enroll either on a full-time or part-time basis. Those enrolled in the full-time program earn their degree in one year. The part-time option puts students on track to receive their degree in as little as two years. However, students may elect to take up to three years to complete the degree requirements. 

Full-time and part-time applications are now being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. All students are automatically considered for scholarships at the time of application. No additional application materials are required.

Qualified U.S. and international students with a J.D. from an American law school are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements

1. Review the Application Instructions
All application materials must be submitted electronically through the online ApplyYourself application system, as provided in our PDF iconMSPL Application Instructions.

Do NOT submit paper copies of your application materials.  

Failure to follow our application instructions may result in severe delays and/or rejection of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have questions about the application instructions, contact the Master of Science in Patent Law Program, patlaw@umn.edu.

2. 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.

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

4. 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.

5. Transcripts
Transcripts from each college or university you have attended are required. Unofficial transcripts must be submitted electronically with your application. Official transcripts, submitted directly by institutions attended, will be required upon acceptance into the program.

6. Standardized Test Scores
Standardized tests are not required, but you may optionally include a score (e.g., GRE, GMAT, LSAT) with your application if you would like it considered.

7. Completed Patent Bar Eligibility Assessment Form
Students interested in the LL.M. 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 LL.M. 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.

8. 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.

9. Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee is required for your application to be complete. The fee is $75 for domestic applications and $95 for international applications.

How to Apply

Download the PDF iconMSPL Application Instructions and submit your application materials through the ApplyYourself online application portal.

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.

Scholarships are available and will be awarded automatically to qualified candidates. No separate application is required in order to receive a scholarship.

Questions

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

Contact Information

University of Minnesota Law School

Walter F. Mondale Hall | 229 19th Avenue South | Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-625-1000

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