With one of the strongest intellectual property law programs in the United States, Cardozo gives graduates of its LL.M. in Intellectual Property (IP) an invaluable edge in their understanding of this complex, dynamic, and increasingly important field.  With its breadth and depth of courses, speakers, and symposia and its prestigious and dedicated group of full-time and expert adjunct faculty, Cardozo’s LL.M. in IP Law leads to a genuine mastery of the field that simply cannot be attained as part of the J.D. program at any law school.

View the Intellectual Property brochure to see program highlights.

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Degree Requirements

  • Twenty-four (24) credit minimum overall
  • Fourteen (14) credits minimum of IP coursework 
  • Graduates of foreign law schools must also take Introduction to US Law, and two semesters of advanced workshop in legal research and writing

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In the first semester of study, a student must take the basic course in at least two of the primary areas of study—copyright, trademark, and patent. The basic course requirement may be waived if the student took an equivalent course in law school within five years of enrolling at Cardozo. Students supplement the basic courses with advanced courses in IP and related areas such as entertainment, media, communications law, and cyber law.

Cardozo’s intellectual property curriculum includes basic and advanced offerings in each of the three major IP areas: copyright, patent, and trademark.

Students also have the option of doing an independent research project (for one or two credits) or a more substantial thesis (three credits) under the supervision of a faculty member.

Practical programs
The Intellectual Property Externship Program places upper-level and LL.M. students in part-time non-paying positions at New York City law firms, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations working on copyright, patent, and trademark issues.  Credit is earned through a paper related to the internship work.

Students have been placed in positions at DC Comics; Kate Spade; Estee Lauder; Polygram Records; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; and Ostrolenk Faber Gerb & Soffen, LLP, among others.

LL.M. students may also participate in the Indie Film Clinic, which offers independent filmmakers, directors and producers the legal expertise to succeed in a digital era and gives students the opportunity to represent clients in transactional work.

J.D./LL.M. Program in IP Law
J.D. students at Cardozo may obtain both the J.D. and LL.M. in IP Law degrees in a total of seven consecutive full-time academic semesters. Students who have taken relevant courses at Cardozo as part of their J.D. program (including students earning a J.D. from another law school who visit Cardozo for two semesters) may be permitted to apply up to 12 credits toward the LL.M., reducing the time normally needed to complete both degrees by one semester. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information.

Extracurricular Intellectual Property Offerings
In addition to extensive classroom offerings, the Law School publishes the most widely circulated journal in the field, the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal (AELJ) and has two separate active student organizations—the Intellectual Property Society and the Entertainment Law Society which present lectures, panels and conferences.  The IP Program is host to an annual speaker series and a wide variety of symposia each year.