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At Santa Clara University School of Law, you have several options when it comes to choosing an area of specialization for your LLM degree. Read below to learn more about your options for enhancing your law degree and opening the door to new career opportunities.

Programs for Students Holding a United States JD Degree

LLM in Intellectual Property

Application Deadlines

Candidates for the fall 2016 entering class are welcome to apply for admission before May 1, 2016. The start date for the fall semester is anticipated to be August 13, 2016. Santa Clara Law invites students to enter in the fall and spring semesters. The spring semester begins in January and the spring semester application deadline is December 1.

Program Description

Students may enroll in the LL.M. in Intellectual Property program on a full-time or part-time basis.
The program requires a minimum of 2 semesters in residence at the Santa Clara University main campus.

Santa Clara Law has one of the nation’s highest ranked intellectual property and high tech law programs due to having an experienced faculty, a broad-range of intellectual property and technology law course offerings, and a centralized location in the heart of Silicon Valley which enables students to be educated by and collaborate with a diverse group of legal practitioners, engineers, and other specialists.


The diversity of the intellectual property and high tech practice areas are represented in the Santa Clara Law curriculum. Students can expect to be introduced concepts such as copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and patents. Additionally, students benefit from our biotechnology and privacy law curriculum that encompass both coursework and experiential learning opportunities.

Examples of courses that have been available to LL.M. students include: Venture Capital, Technology Licensing, Sports Law (courses focusing on both the agent and litigator’s perspective), International IP Law, Antitrust, Patent Prosecution and Legal Issues of Start-Up Business.

Experiential Learning and Clinics

LL.M. students are encouraged to take part in off-campus externships at Bay Area law firms, organizations and companies. On campus, SCU has a number of clinical opportunities. Specifically, the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic exists to serve the local start-up community and gives law students the opportunity to enhance their own lawyering skills through working on a variety of transactions that are specific to start-ups.

LLM in International and Comparative Law

Santa Clara University School of Law, located in Santa Clara, California, offers an LLM degree in International and Comparative Law. We offer to lawyers, judges and law professors an opportunity to experience the evolving legal culture of the world from the vantage point of our overseas programs’ dynamic centers of commerce and learning throughout the world. The application deadline for the fall semester is May 1, 2016.

The program offers not only courses at the Law School, but social and professional contact with other leading legal authorities, judges, and captains of industry.

Graduation Requirements

Participants seeking the LLM degree must complete 24 semester hours of credit. These units must include:

  1. Successful completion of the academic portion of at least one Santa Clara University School of Law summer study abroad program; OR enroll as a full-time law student for one semester at a law school with which the School of Law has a cooperative agreement. These classes will satisfy part of the 24 units required for the degree, and satisfy one or more of the area of study requirements outlined in II below.
  2. To achieve a well balanced background in international and comparative law, students should take at least one course from each of the following categories of classes: (i) public international law; (ii) private international law; and (iii) comparative law. The specific list of approved courses may be found on the International Law Certificate website under the heading “Current List of Approved International Law Certificate Courses.” The student’s overall course of study must be approved by the Director of Graduate Legal Programs. Courses outside this list, unless taken on one of our study abroad programs, must also be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Legal Studies.
  3. Students must complete a written research paper either in conjunction with a class approved by the Director of Graduate Legal Programs or as Independent Research (course # 298) under the supervision of a faculty member.
  4. Elective Courses: Most upper-division courses are open to enrollment by LLM candidates. The program assumes as a minimum one academic year plus one summer in residence. The requirements for the degree must be completed within two academic years from matriculation.

Programs for Students with Primary Degrees in Law from Outside the US

LLM in United States Law

Santa Clara University School of Law offers programs for lawyers who received their legal education outside of the United States to secure a Master of Laws (LLM) degree. Candidates may select from four programs:

  • United States Law – General Studies
    Students craft a program that matches professional needs
  • United States Law with specialization in Intellectual Property Law
    Specialize by taking most courses in the area of Intellectual Property/High Tech Law, including Patent Law, Copyright Law, Trademarks and Trade Secrets
  • United States Law with specialization in Human Rights Law
    Focus your studies in U.S. Human Rights Law, with an extensive range of human rights and social justice courses to choose from
  • United States Law with specialization in International and Comparative Law
    Take advantage of Santa Clara’s extensive study abroad programs and rich curriculum to study the law of the United States, International Law (public or private) and the law of another nation.

Learn more about obtaining your LLM from Santa Clara Law with a non-US law degree on the LLM Program for International Students page.

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