II. Degree Requirements for LL.M. Candidates

A. General Requirements

To be recommended for the LL.M. degree all candidates must successfully complete a minimum number of credits, complete the required coursework, meet the school residency or continuous enrollment requirements, fulfill all financial obligations to UNH Law, and comply with UNH Law’s Conduct Code. Unless otherwise stated, all rules apply to LL.M. candidates regardless of the program in which they are enrolled.

B. Required Credits

  1. Number of Credits to earn degree. LL.M. candidates must successfully complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits from a selection of required and elective courses. Those LL.M. candidates admitted without a law degree must complete thirty (30) credits from a selection of required and elective curriculum.
  2. Maximum Number of Credits
    1. Residential LL.M. candidates may not enroll in more than 17 credits per academic semester.
    2. Online LL.M. candidates may not enroll in more than 12 credits per academic semester or 12 credits in the summer term.
    3. Limited Residential LL.M. candidates may not enroll in more than 12 credits when they are in residence. Thereafter, their maximum credit enrollment is the same as online LL.M. candidates.
  3. Maximum Number of Credits a Candidate May Attempt
    1. Residential LL.M. candidates who hold a law degree may attempt, as part of their tuition 30 credits.
    2. Residential LL.M. candidates who do not hold a law degree may attempt, as part of their tuition 36 credits.
    3. Additional credits may be taken at the current per/credit rate if the candidate desires, subject to the per semester credit limitations noted above in (a) through (c).
    4. Online LL.M. candidates may attempt no more than 28 credits.
    5. Limited Residential LL.M. candidates may attempt no more than 28 credits.

C. Coursework

Candidates must complete a variety of required and elective courses, depending on the program in which the candidate is enrolled.

  1. Required Courses
    1. Effective January 1, 2015 residential LL.M. candidates must complete the following required graduate skills curriculum, unless the candidate has successfully completed equivalent courses in a US J.D. program:
      1. LIP 801 Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy
      2. LIP 894 American Legal Process and Analysis I or equivalent training 
      3. LIP 895 American Legal Process and Analysis II
    2. Online LL.M. candidates must complete the following required courses for the International Criminal Law and Justice degree: 
      1. LCR 923 International Legal Research
      2. LCR 924 International Criminal Law and Justice Seminar
      3. LCR 925 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
      4. LCR 929 Capstone Research Project
    3. Online LL.M. candidates must complete the following required courses for the Intellectual Property degree:
      1. LIP 913 International and Comparative Intellectual Property
      2. LIP 801 Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy
      3. LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
      4. LIP 954 Patent Law
      5. LIP 907 Pretrial Patent Litigation
      6. LIP 961 Patent Practice and Procedure I
      7. LIP 962 Patent Practice and Procedure II
      8. LIP 951 Technology Licensing
    4. Limited Residential LL.M. candidates must complete the following required courses for the Intellectual Property degree:
      1. LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
      2. LIP 894 American Legal Process and Analysis I or equivalent training
      3. LIP 972 Intellectual Property and International Trade
      4. LIP 801 Graduate Legal Research and Information Literacy
      5. LIP 954 Patent Law
      6. LIP 967 Patent Office Litigation
      7. LIP 961 Patent Practice and Procedure I
      8. LIP 962 Patent Practice and Procedure II
      9. LIP 951 Technology Licensing
    5. Part-time online LL.M. candidates must complete the following required courses for the International Criminal Law and Justice degree before enrolling in any elective offered towards the degree:
      1. LCR 925 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
      2. LCR 924 International Criminal Law and Justice Seminar
      3. LCR 923 International Legal Research
  2. Elective Courses
    1. Residential LL.M. Intellectual Property candidates must complete a minimum of three (3) courses and a minimum of seven (7) credits from the following elective curriculum:
      1. LIP 912 Copyright Law
      2. LIP 950 Copyright Licensing
      3. LIP 944 Fundamentals of Intellectual Property
      4. LIP 954 Patent Law
      5. LIP 961 Patent Practice and Procedure I or LIP 962 Patent Practice and Procedure II
      6. LIP 951 Technology Licensing
      7. LIP 977 Trademarks and Deceptive Practices
    2. Residential LL.M. Commerce and Technology candidates must complete a series of courses in three (3) elective component areas:
      • Intellectual Property
      • Transactions/Information Age Commercial Law
      • International Perspective and Regulation/Tax
    3. Residential IP and CT LL.M. candidates must complete their program requirements by selecting additional approved electives or by selecting courses made available under (3) Other Course Selection, below.
    4. Online LL.M. candidates must complete their electives from the following approved curriculum:
      1. International Criminal Law and Justice degree
        1. LCR 914 CyberCrime
        2. LCR 928 Drugs and Weapons Trafficking
        3. LCR 921 Human Trafficking I
        4. LIP 957 Inetellectual Property Crimes
        5. LCR 922 International White Collar Crime
        6. LCR 927 Piracy and Terrorism
        7. LCR 926 International Criminal Court and Special Tribunals
      2. Intellectual Property degree
        1. LIP 928 Intellectual Property Management
        2. LIP 906 Patent Strategies for Business
        3. LIP 913 International and Comparative Intellectual Property
        4. LIP 997 Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
    5. Limited Residential IP LL.M. candidates must complete their electives from the following approved curriculum:
      1. LIP 928 Intellectual Property Management
      2. LIP 906 Patent Strategies for Business
      3. LIP 913 International and Comparative Intellectual Property
      4. LIP 997 Mining Patent Information in the Digital Age
  3. Other Course Selection
    1. Subject to any limitations set forth in the Academic Rules specified in I.A.(2), above, residential LL.M. candidates may enroll in up to three (3) upper-level law credits for their program. Course approval is subject to the permission of the Program Chair. Absent a waiver granted by the UNH Law faculty an LL.M. candidate may not enroll in any first year JD courses.
    2. Residential LL.M. candidates may enroll in up to six (6) Intellectual Property Summer Institute (IPSI) credits.
    3. Residential LL.M. candidates may take up to four (4) Legal residency credits. LL.M. candidates who elect to take IPSI credits or Legal residency credits as part of their academic program will not be awarded their degree until all course work is complete. (Clinics conducted in the summer term are not considered part of the Intellectual Property Summer Institute.)