Candidates for the LLM degree have the opportunity to concentrate in Intellectual Property and Innovation. Designed for lawyers with experience and/or interest in the ever-changing fields of technology and creativity, the concentration prepares students for a variety of practice areas (including operational advice, transactional work, litigation and policy) for clients ranging from start-up ventures to companies with global IP portfolios and inventors to government registries and regulators.


The LLM concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation lasts 12 months. Students start in August and graduate the following August. Students are encouraged to apply by April 1. 


The concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation, which requires the completion of 33 credits, features:

A Minimum of Required Courses

  • All LLM students concentrating in Intellectual Property and Innovation are required to take four intellectual property-related courses. Two courses selected from the “core” courses and an additional two courses from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses (see list of offerings below).
  • LLM students concentrating in Intellectual Property and Innovation who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research, Legal Writing I and II as well as Introduction to the US Legal System, which provides the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law.

A Maximum of Elective Courses:: LLM students concentrating in Intellectual Property and Innovation enroll in JD upper-level courses (see sample list of intellectual property-related offerings below).

Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a term completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the LLM curriculum – no less important than your 33 credits of course work. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms engaged in advocacy work, nonprofits, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and other advocacy groups around the world. Where students go on co-op — in the world and where within the profession — is up to them. The LLM Professional Development Advisor works with students to define where they want to go on co-op and refine how they present their qualifications. Our goal is to help students find the co-op opportunities that best meet their unique goals. 

Independent Research and Writing: LLM students concentrating in Intellectual Property and Innovation are encouraged to identify a topic relating to intellectual property they are interested in exploring in the form of an independent research project and paper.  A Northeastern law faculty member who shares their area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study. Students who complete either a co-op in the field of intellectual property or enroll in the IP CO-LAB (clinic) are not required to complete a research paper.

Course Offerings (Intellectual Propertyt)

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Relevant Courses and Clinics

  • Bioproperty
  • IP Transactions Practice 
  • Entertainment Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Antitrust
  • Creative and Innovative Economy Seminar
  • Internet Law
  • Information Security Law
  • Branding Law and Practice
  • IP CO-LAB (clinic)

Not all courses are offered each academic year. Consult the course catalog available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for specific information about when courses are offered.

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