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 concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation, which requires the completion of 24 credits, features:

A Minimum of Required Courses: All LLM students concentrating in International Business Law are required to take one course from the following core courses as well as at least two additional courses from the list of core courses or sample course offerings listed below:

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

LLM students concentrating in Intellectual Property and Innovation who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from two foundational courses: Introduction to American Law and Legal Institutions and Introduction to Legal Research and Writing, which provide 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).

Students must also complete a co-op, clinic, or paper related to Intellectual Property and Innovation.

Co-op: All Experiential LLM students in good academic standing spend a term completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the Experiential LLM curriculum – no less important than your 24 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.

Relevant Courses and Clinics

  • Antitrust
  • Bioproperty
  • Creative and Innovative Economies: IP, Commercial Development, and Sustainable Business Practice
  • Entertainment Law
  • Human Rights, IP and Access to Medicines
  • Information Security Law
  • Intellectual Property Transactions Practice
  • Internet Law

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.