Intellectual property (IP) describes ownership of the human mind's creations. Examples of intellectual property include inventions and other "industrial property," creative works, trademarks, service marks, trade symbols and certain merchandising methods. The principle fields of law governing intellectual property are patents, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, cyber law, unfair competition and the right of publicity. Students planning a career in IP law may have different backgrounds. Patent law generally requires an undergraduate degree in science; chemical, mechanical, electrical or polymer engineering; or computer science. Other areas of IP law do not require a technical background. You can join Akron’s distinguished IP program to prepare yourself for a successful IP career.  

Our LL.M. program will enable you to expand your knowledge and opportunities. Our wide variety of courses will empower you to excel. Our IP programming, conferences, speaker series, and Advisory Council provide you with the opportunity to interact with and learn from experts who shape both the law and technology. Akron law students have a tremendous opportunity to make lifelong, career-building relationships with the creative geniuses behind the law and technology. Additionally, IP law students at The University of Akron School of Law are part of a larger University polytechnic community that includes a world-renowned polymer science program, an award-winning engineering program, and many other IP-related centers of excellence.

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Students can specialize in IP law, prepare for more advanced and complex work, and assume IP practice group lead positions. Learn more about your future in IP Law.

JD/LL.M. in Intellectual Property Joint Degree Program (100 credits)

Full-time students: May complete BOTH degrees in 3 years including summer enrollment 

Part-time students: May complete BOTH degrees in 4 years including summer enrollment  

LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law (24 credits)

Full-time students: May complete in 1 year

Part-time students: May complete in 2 years

Students may enter the LL.M. program in fall, spring or summer

These are exciting and unique opportunities. We look forward to working with you!