Commerce and Technology Law (LL.M.)

Commerce and Technology Law (LL.M.)
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New challenges are created by the growth of electronic commerce, new products and services, and the growing proliferation of cybercrime every day. Our strong IP foundation has allowed us to extend our reach into a commerce and technology concentration.

Why get an LL.M. degree in commerce and technology law?

In today’s digital era, new legal challenges arise every day at the intersection of e-commerce, business, the legal and regulatory landscape, and beyond. A commerce and technology LL.M., supported by UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law's strong intellectual property (IP) foundation, lets you acquire an understanding of the legal issues that emerge at the intersection of information technology, business, and law. Expert faculty address current events in rapidly developing areas such as new payment systems and consumers’ private information. The program offers flexibility to match your career objectives with three elective component areas: Intellectual Property, Transactions/Information Age Commercial Law, and International Perspective and Regulation/Tax. This LL.M. program provides unique knowledge that is invaluable in today’s evolving digital and data-driven economy.

Why choose UNH Franklin Pierce Law School for your degree?

Founded by inventors and entrepreneurs, the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is a pioneering powerhouse, committed to training the next generation of great lawyers through an emphasis on practice-based learning. UNH Franklin Pierce offers unique opportunities to practice skills, work side-by-side with faculty, and network with global leaders. Our active and close-knit community ensures that you will build relationships that last throughout your career. Upon graduation, you will join the ranks of our 6,000+ alumni in more than 80 countries. 

We know some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom. LL.M. students have the opportunity to participate in off-site immersive classroom experiences to learn from experts in the field, and may also have the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in on-campus clinics like the International Technology Transfer Institute and the Intellectual Property and Transaction Clinic.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Supported by UNH Franklin Pierce Law School's strong IP foundation, the Commerce and Technology program is built at the intersection of business and law. The program explores evolving legal issues facing new business and e-commerce in the global information age economy, with a focus on data and privacy law. 

Expert faculty tailor courses to current events and developments, and the program offers flexibility to match the career objectives of each individual student. Course work addresses rapidly-developing areas of the law, such as cybercrime and consumers’ private information. 

This program is available in a full-time, residential format only. Classes begin in August and conclude in May. With careful planning, students who complete the LL.M. in Commerce and Technology Law may be eligible to sit for the New York Bar exam. 

Residential Candidate Requirements
LIP 801Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy1
LIP 894American Legal Process and Analysis I3
LIP 895American Legal Process and Analysis II2
Three Elective Component Areas:18
Intellectual Property
Transactions/Information Age Commercial Law
International Perspective and Regulation/Tax
Total Credits24

UNH Franklin Pierce graduates from the Commerce and Technology LLM will demonstrate competency at the level of an experienced attorney in these four areas:  

  • Knowledge and understanding of substantive and procedural law in the traditional area of business law and practice in the United States and internationally, focused on the impact of information age technology on this realm of law. 
  • Legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, problem-solving, and written and oral communication in the context of business law and practice in the United States and globally. 
  • Exercise of proper professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the national and global legal systems around business law; and 
  • Other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession focused on the practice of business law domestically and internationally. 
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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law has earned an international reputation as a leader in Intellectual Property Law. The school attracts talented students from all over the world through both the quality of its coursework and the community support it provides. Moreover, the school’s resources and network enabled international students thrive even in the COVID-19 era of employment.

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