In assessing an applicant’s academic record, the committee will pay attention to the nature and quality of the applicant’s previous educational experiences and coursework, in addition to the applicant’s educational institution, grade point average generally and in courses related to intellectual property and business, and class rank. Other factors considered will be advanced degrees, supported by official transcripts and the prospective student’s current work experience, with respect to its quality and the applicant’s performance.
Before a candidate may be considered for LL.M. admission, we must receive the following items:
1. A complete application form.
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2. A Non-refundable Application Fee (may be paid by credit card or by check payable to “The University of Akron”)
$50 if candidate applies by March 1 for fall admission or by September 1 for spring admission
$100 if candidate applies June 1 or later for fall admission or November 1 or later for spring admission
Please note: Even if an applicant submits an application to the LL.M. program on-line, the applicant still owes the appropriate application fee.
3. Original, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
4. A personal statement addressing your preparation for and interest in an LL.M. degree in IP. Consideration will be given to work experience in intellectual property or related business experience, as a student or practitioner, as well as to any obstacles that you have overcome. The personal statement may not be longer than two pages.
5. A two-page resume should preferably include education and employment on the first page and publications and awards on the second page.
Please note that an "entry level" law degree is required before one may pursue the LL.M. program. In the United States, this degree is the Juris Doctor, or J.D., degree. In many countries outside the U.S., this degreee is called the Bachelor of Laws and Letters, or LL.B.
A note for international students: If English is not your first language OR you attended a school in which the majority of classes were not conducted in English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Visit www.ets.org for more information on the TOEFL and the TSE.
The preferred score for the TOEFL is 650 on the written exam or a 280 on the computer-based exam.
The TOEFL and TSE may be waived if you have earned a degree from a college or University in the United States, or from a foreign college or University at which the majority of your classes were taught in the English language; or if your first language is English.