Why an LL.M. In IP Law? - Degree Requirements

Intellectual Property law is one of the most rapidly expanding field of legal practice. Once confined to "niche" practices, IP law now permeates the affairs of corporations and organizations of every size and description. Cooley's Graduate Intellectual Property law Program prepares practitioners to launch their career as an IP lawyer, or to focus an existing practice on intellectual property law.

The Program is designed both for attorneys with scientific or engineering background seeking to gain the skills necessary to practice patent law, including succeeding on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Registration Examination, and for attorneys with non-technical backgrounds seeking to become proficient in copyright, trademark, licensing, and e-commerce issues.

Distance Education

Traditional classroom studies can be combined with videoconferencing at Cooley's three campuses. Through the use of innovative technology, IP classes may also be delivered through a synchronous web-based platform with real-time, fully interactive video and audio.

Online IP Option

The Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law offers a web-based academic option. The Online IP Option provides on-the-go professionals unrivaled flexibility. Just like the traditional classroom track, the Online IP option is designed to ensure the scholarly study of intellectual property law and interaction with the Cooley academic community.

The web-based courses are faculty-led and utilize an online course management system. Students participate in classes in a synchronous online format, giving the student a live, virtual classroom experience. Using a webcam, headset, and microphone, students can see and hear the professor and the professor can interact with students during the session. Classes are held on nights and weekends in Eastern Standard Time (EST). The student must be on his or her computer during class time.


Program Details

Contact Us

Professor Gerald T. Tschura
Director, Graduate Program in Intellectual Property Law
(248) 751-7800, ext. 7759

Cathy J. McCollum
Director, Graduate & Extended Programs

(517) 371-5140, ext. 2703

Vanessa Ramakers
Administrative Assistant
Graduate and Extended Programs
(248) 751-7800, ext. 7783

Graduate Programs

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