University of New Hampshire

School of Law

School of Law

Graduate Program in IP

Master's and LLM Degrees

The University of New Hampshire School of Law offers both interdisciplinary master's degrees and a master of laws (LLM) degree, allowing students the choice of two distinct IP focus areas: Intellectual Property or Commerce & Technology. Each area offers dozens of courses, allowing students to focus on specific areas of interest. Both programs are designed to meet the needs of working intellectual property professionals. Attendance at our Intellectual Property Summer Institute in Concord, NH, is included in the tuition for the MIP or LLM program. Students may enter the MIP or LLM program in the Fall or Spring semesters.

graduate studentMaster of Laws in Intellectual Property (LLM-IP)

The Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LLM-IP) is an academic degree designed for law graduates (JD or LLB) who desire a postgraduate law degree. The LLM degree is particularly recommended for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching and research in intellectual property. The LLM allows students to earn a graduate law degree which focuses more on the business and transactional aspects of intellectual property practice, rather than on purely legal issues. Lawyers and members of law faculties who have come for the LLM, without prior enrollment in intellectual property courses, will find the Franklin Pierce Center for IP's program particularly useful for pursuing specialized intellectual property practice.

Master of Intellectual Property (MIP)

UNH Law's Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) program was the first of its kind in the United States to provide legal training in intellectual property for managers as well as lawyers.

An interdisciplinary one-year program, the MIP is designed to prepare students for a career in intellectual property. The program focuses on the acquisition of both substantive knowledge and practical skills through innovative academic courses and internships with corporations, law firms and governmental agencies. The MIP Program enrolls lawyers, law students, business executives, patent and trademark practitioners, administrators and technology managers.

Diploma of Intellectual Property (DIP)

UNH Law's Diploma of Intellectual Property (DIP) program was the first of its kind in the United States to provide legal training in intellectual property for managers as well as lawyers. It is designed for those who cannot afford the time or money to attend the MIP Program. Like the MIP, the DIP is an interdisciplinary program.

The DIP is designed to prepare students for a career in intellectual property. The program focuses on the acquisition of both substantive knowledge and practical skills through innovative academic courses. The DIP programs enroll lawyers, law students, business executives, patent and trademark practitioners, administrators and technology managers.

Commerce and Technology Programs

Master of Commerce and Technology (MCT)

The Master of Commerce and Technology degree is for those students interested in the emerging technologies which significantly transform the way we conduct business and manage intellectual property. The degree focuses on a variety of increasingly important Information Age law areas such as cybercrime, internet regulation, identity theft, e-Commerce and Information Age civil liberties, as well as the interface between law and business.

The (MCT) program enrolls lawyers, law students, business executives, patent and trademark practitioners, administrators and technology managers. The program is designed to meet the needs of working commerce and technology professionals.

Master of Laws in Commerce and Technology (LLM-CT)

The Master of Laws in Commerce and Technology (LLM-CT) is an academic degree designed for law graduates (JD or LLB) who desire a postgraduate law degree. The LLM degree is particularly recommended for candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching and research in commerce and technology and allows the student to earn a graduate law degree which focuses more on the business and transactional aspects of intellectual property practice, rather than on purely legal issues.

The LLM candidate must complete 24 credits of resident coursework. Lawyers and members of law faculties who have come for the LLM, without prior enrollment in commerce and technology courses, will find the Franklin Pierce Center for IP's program particularly useful for pursuing specialized intellectual property practice. Attendance at our Intellectual Property Summer Institute in Concord, NH, is included in the tuition for the MCT or LLM program. Students may enter the MCT or LLM program in the Fall or Spring semesters.

Diploma in Commerce & Technology (DCT)

The Franklin Pierce Center for IP's Diploma in Commerce & Technology (DCT) program was the first of its kind in the United States to provide legal training in commerce and technology for managers as well as lawyers. It is designed for those who cannot afford the time or money to attend the MCT Program. Like the MCT, the DCT is an interdisciplinary program. The DCT is designed to prepare students for a career in commerce and technology law and management.

The program focuses on the acquisition of both substantive knowledge and practical skills through innovative academic courses.

The DCT programs enroll lawyers, law students, business executives, patent and trademark practitioners, administrators and technology managers. Both programs are designed to meet the needs of working commerce and technology professionals.

Certificate Program: Intellectual Property Summer Institute (IPSI)

For those who desire to learn about IP in a briefer time frame, the Franklin Pierce Center for IP offers certificates in several tracks through its Intellectual Property Summer Institute (IPSI).

Established in 1987, IPSI is the most comprehensive academic summer program in intellectual property law and licensing (technology transfer) in the United States. Each year the Intellectual Property Summer Institute includes students from the Franklin Pierce Center for IP, students from ABA-accredited law schools and intellectual property attorneys and professionals from around the world.


For more information, about any of our graduate degrees, please visit our prospective graduate student pages.