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Texas A&M Intellectual Property Law Graduate Program

In today's global, information-based economy, it is more important than ever to acquire a sophisticated understanding of intellectual property (IP) law. Whether you pursue an IP career, own a start-up or are involved in crafting IP or technology policies for your country, our uniquely designed IP LL.M. and MLS graduate degrees will prepare you for the complex and ever-evolving IP and technology law landscape.

​There are many reasons ​why you will want to study intellectual property law  at Texas A&M Law. Our main features include:IP program number 6 in the nation

  • Nationally ranked IP law program: Texas A&M Law's IP program has been ranked continuously among the top 10 IP law programs in the United States by U.S. News and World Report in the past six years.

  • World-renowned faculty with ​​eight full-time IP law professors: Learn from leading scholars and practitioners in ​this specialized ​area, who will serve as ideal mentors for your IP career.

  • Innovative curriculum with over 20 IP law courses: Texas A&M Law offers you an expansive curriculum of​ intellectual property law courses, covering a wide array of current topics while providing real-world practical experience.

  • 4th largest U.S. university:  A degree from Texas A&M University, a Tier 1 research institution, is recognized worldwide, highly marketable and well supported by the 460,000-strong Aggie Network.

  • Fort Worth/Dallas: strategic location Opportunities and enjoyment abound in Fort Worth/Dallas, a vibrant international business hub home to more than 20 Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked in job growth, livability and safety as a top 20 "Best Place to Live" by U.S. News and World Report

  • Two IP law graduate degree options:

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Q. What is an IP LL.M. law degree?

A. Designed for professionals who already hold a Juris Doctor (JD), a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in intellectual property (IP) demonstrates a thorough and sophisticated knowledge of intellectual property law. This postgraduate master's degree gives lawyers the tools they need to navigate the complex IP landscape as it rapidly evolves in a climate of technological advancement and social change.

Q. What does IP LL.M. stand for?

A.“IP” is short for “intellectual property.” This is the branch of law that protects individuals from the theft of valuable and innovative ideas. “LL.M.” is the accepted abbreviation for “Master of Laws” because the traditional name of this designation is derived from the Latin “Legum Magister.” “Legum” is the plural form of “lex,” which means “law,” and “Magister” is the origin of the term “Master’s degree.” Because plural Latin words are often abbreviated by doubling their first letter (for example “pp” for “pages”), “Master of Laws” abbreviates to “LL.M.”

Q. Can you get an LL.M. IP without a JD degree?

A. In addition to attorneys, business professionals without a law degree can study IP law at Texas A&M Law. It is a great way to increase your industry-specific legal and regulatory understanding without committing to three years of law school. Learning the same IP curriculum and from the same faculty that LL.M. IP students do , non-lawyers ultimately graduate with a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) in intellectual property.

Q. What can I do with a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property?

A. While an intellectual property law LL.M. alone does not allow the bearer to practice law, it can be an invaluable supplementary law degree for attorneys with practice interests that involve patents, copyrights, trade secrets, public domain, moral rights, and other IP-related matters.

Q. Why should I pursue an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law?

A. Because IP law deals with everything from discoveries and designs to works of art and symbols of communication, a good LL.M. intellectual property program can help participants better facilitate a wide range of legal and business operations. Furthermore, the degree serves as a mark of qualification for potential legal clients and anyone else in search of IP-related representation or services.

Q. Why should I pursue an LL.M. IP at Texas A&M Law?

A. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas A&M Law’s outstanding IP LL.M. program among the top 10 IP programs in America over the past six years. Our world-renowned IP law faculty supports an expansive curriculum with more than 20 courses specifically dedicated to IP law. These courses place a concerted emphasis on current industry topics and real-world practical experience.

Q. How long does an LL.M. IP degree take to complete?

A. Like many Masters of Laws programs, the Intellectual Property LL.M. program at Texas A&M Law allows students to progress at their own pace as long as they complete 24 credit hours with specific areas of concentration. Most full-time students should be able to earn their Texas A&M IP LL.M. degree in around two years.

Q. Is an IP LL.M. at Texas A&M Law offered online or in-person?

A. The main Intellectual Property Master of Laws program at Texas A&M Law is offered in residence on the university’s campus in downtown Fort Worth. Students can pursue a general IP LL.M. or design one of their own through this highly customizable program. Texas A&M Law also offers a distance-learning LL.M. program in International IP Rights. Conducted entirely online, this uniquely specialized LL.M. program focuses on IP rights in jurisdictions that include India and South Asia as well as the United States.

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