OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM in Intellectual Property Law program is a graduate program designed specifically for working professionals. Each of our distinct specializations focuses on interdisciplinary learning and provides you with a unique mix of academic, applied, and theoretical perspectives.  You will learn through interactive discussions and explore practical issues related to your specialization. You’ll have access to a wide range of elective options to broaden your legal knowledge or explore new areas related to your professional interests.  

The Intellectual Property Law specialization offers an in-depth examination into the social, economic, and technological considerations presented by emerging legal issues in this rapidly changing field. Required and core courses address theoretical frameworks, as well as copyright, patent, and trade-mark law. You will explore the policies and principles that underlie intellectual property laws and strengthen your analytical and problem-solving skills.

Who is the Specialization for?

Lawyers or law graduates with legal work experience who have a strong demonstrated interest in intellectual property law and wish to establish or expand a practice in this area of specialization 

Senior professionals who are exposed or contribute to the protection, management and utilization of intellectual property assets. They may navigate the landscape of patents, trademarks and copyrights

Alumni Spotlight

Ashkan Alavi, alumnus of the part-time Professional LLM in Intellection Property Law

Ashkan Alavi

Ashkan is senior manager of patent technology for TDBank Group. Ashkan shares how his interest and science and technology eventually led him to Osgoode’s Professional LLM in Intellectual Property Law to round out his knowledge of IP Law and to complement his practical experience with patents and trademarks.

Student Services

All Professional LLM students can benefit from our wide range of student services:

Academic Services

Program Orientation

Introductory Courses

Workshops & Resources

Confidential Academic and Wellness Counselling

Career Support

Job Postings

Resources/Guides

Workshops & Events

Counselling

Campus Life

Student Social Activities

Osgoode & York U Extra Curriculars

Professional Networking Events

All of our academic and career development services are available remotely, and counselling hours have varied schedules to suit the needs of part-time students.

Learn about the program

Attend an upcoming information session

Online Info Session
Canadian Lawyers

Evening Session

Apr 25 5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m (ET)

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Non-Lawyer Professionals

Afternoon Session

Apr 30 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m (ET)

Online Info Session
Canadian Lawyers

Afternoon Session

May 7 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m (ET)

Online Info Session
Non-Lawyer Professionals

Evening Session

May 9 5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m (ET)

Online Info Session
Canadian Lawyers

Evening Session

May 30 5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m (ET)

Course Requirements

The Professional LLM in Intellectual Property Law  requires completion of  36 credits including a research requirement.  The program is designed to be completed in two years (six active terms) through a combination of required courses, related electives, and up to 6 credits of outside electives. 

What you can expect

The program is designed to be completed in two years (six active terms) by completing 6 credits (one or two courses) per term.  

Many of the courses in the Intellectual Property Law specialization are scheduled as intensive courses (typically Thursday evening, all-day Friday, and all-day Saturday). However, you will encounter weekly evening courses as well (typically in 7-10PM sessions). 

In your first term of admission, you may be assigned a course as a condition of your admission. Admission condition courses count towards your degree requirements. Students with the following profiles usually have required introductory courses: 

Required Courses

The required course is typically offered once every two years: 

Core Courses

Students must take two of the three Core courses. Core courses are typically offered once every two years: 

LAWL 6753 – Copyright Law (6 Credits) – Winter Term

LAWL 6754 – Patent Law (6 Credits) – Summer Term

Elective Courses

Elective course offerings vary from term to term. Some options include Intellectual Property Litigation, International Aspects of Intellectual Property, and Protection of Intangible Business Interests. To see course offerings for upcoming terms, review the Course Planning information below. 

You must complete at least 30 credits in total from Intellectual Property Law courses. Up to 6 credits may be drawn from courses in unrelated specializations, so long as you have any required prerequisite knowledge for those courses. 

Research Requirement

The research requirement can be fulfilled through one of the following three options. Most students elect to fulfill the requirement through option 3: 

  1. A Major Research Paper (70 pages, 6 Credits) 
  2. An Independent Significant Research Paper (30 pages, 3 Credits) 
  3. A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) completed as the means of assessment for one of the courses within the specialization. 

Course planning

Course plans are typically provided for the next two calendar years. Specific course schedules are subject to change without notice until the course enrollment process for an upcoming term begins. Please check course schedules immediately before making your enrollment request to ensure you have the most current schedule information.

This tool is for planning purposes only. Selecting courses using this tool does not enroll you in the course or reserve a space in the course for you.

Application Dates

The Intellectual Property Law specialization is a cohort program that accepts new students once every other calendar year, in the Fall term. 

Fall 2024

Application Deadlines:

International Applicants are Encouraged to Apply by: January 15, 2024

Final Deadline: May 1, 2024

Faculty

Program director

Carys J. Craig

Martin Kratz, K.C.

Instructors include

Giuseppina (Pina) D’Agostino

Donald M. Cameron

Brendan Brammall

See full faculty list

Tuition and Fees

Part-time students pay in six installments over six terms.

Students who complete the program in fewer than six terms will have their final installment(s) added at the end of their program. Students who require more terms will be subject to additional tuition fees.

Please note that the tuition/fees displayed here are subject to change, and may vary depending on your entry term.

Domestic

$3,800.79per term for 6 terms

$22,804.74total

$8,008.59per term for 6 terms

$48,051.54total

Students are also subject to supplementary fees including health benefits. Find out more about supplementary fees here.

Admission Requirements

Admission to Professional LLM specializations is competitive. At OsgoodePD, we can help you navigate the process.  The Admissions Committee reviews each applicant’s completed file and takes into consideration criteria such as academic background, professional work experience, and whether the program fits your stated goals. The information below represents the minimum requirements for admission consideration to our graduate degree programs – meeting these criteria does not guarantee admission. 

JD/LLB degree or undergraduate degree (a graduate degree is an asset to non-legal professionals) 

Overall B (75%) average (or equivalent) 

Professional work experience (JD/LLB graduates require at least 2 years, while non-legal professionals require at least 5 years of related senior-level experience) 

Acceptable English language proficiency (see requirements) 

How to Apply

Create Your OsgoodePD Applicant Profile

Create an applicant profile in our online application portal. This portal allows us to gather your information, transcripts, and other documents electronically. You will receive an email with directions outlining how to create a new password for your application, along with a link to access the application.

Upload Application Documents

The following documents are required:

  • Resume/CV
  • Writing Sample
  • Contact Information for Two References
  • Transcripts
  • Official Proof of Language Proficiency (if applicable)

For more information, see our Application Documents to Upload section.

Pay and Submit

Once your application is completed, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $130 CAD application fee.

Wait for Review

Timelines for decisions vary by program, but we will be in touch if we have questions about your application or need more information.

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