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LLM in Law, Science & Technology


The LLM academic program includes the following components:

  1. An introductory course in American and common law (see below);
  2. Participation in an LLM colloquium on current topics related to each specialization;
  3. Appropriate courses selected from the regular Stanford Law School curriculum (and, to a limited extent, from other Stanford University Departments or Programs); and
  4. A practical writing course.

To meet these requirements, each LLM student will develop an individualized course of study that will be reviewed and approved by the program director.

LLM students are required to be in residence at Stanford during the full (nine month) academic year. They are required to take a minimum of 35 credit units (and a maximum of 42 units).

Introduction to American Law

Stanford Law School offers international graduate students an intensive two week Introduction to American Law course in early September, before regular classes begin. This course is required for LLM students. It is optional for SPILS Fellows, but is recommended for students with no prior exposure to American law. The purpose of this course is to:


  • Introduce internationally-trained graduate students to basic concepts of American law and provide an overview of U.S. legal process and institutions.
  • Teach students how to read and analyze judicial opinions from U.S. courts.
  • Prepare international students to participate in regular Stanford Law School courses.


Law, Science & Technology Colloquium

All Law, Science & Technology LLM students will participate in a weekly colloquium that will be directed by the teaching fellow for the Law, Science & Technology program. The colloquium will include an overview and discussion of selected issues in law, science, and technology, presentations of research and papers by faculty and visiting scholars, and outside guest speakers, often practicing lawyers. Students are also encouraged to attend other seminars and lectures on campus that are relevant to topics discussed during the required colloquium.

Law, Science, and Technology Courses Offered at Stanford Law School

Courses in law, science, and technology represent a strong and expanding component of the Law School's curriculum. The following is a list of the principal law, science, and technology courses that have been offered at the Law School during the last several years. Some courses are not offered every year, and additional courses may also be offered in a particular year.

Visit the courses section of the Law School's website for a comprehensive list of offerings.

General Technology

  • Property and Contract Go High-Tech*
  • Law, Science, and Technology Colloquium
  • Technology as a Business Asset
  • Venture Capital

Intellectual Property

  • Antitrust
  • Business of Intellectual Property
  • Entertainment Law*
  • Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law
  • Intellectual Property: Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law
  • Intellectual Property: Advanced Topics in Unfair Competition*
  • Intellectual Property: Commercial Law*
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright
  • Intellectual Property: Advanced Topics in Copyright Law*
  • Intellectual Property: Patents
  • Intellectual Property: Advanced Topics in Patent Law*
  • Intellectual Property Reform
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Trade: WTO
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Patent Litigation Workshop*
  • Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony: Patent Litigation*

Information Sciences and Electronic Commerce

  • Communications Law
  • Copyright, the Internet, and Industry*
  • Cyberlaw Clinic
  • Cyberlaw: Difficult Problems*
  • Internet Business Law and Policy*
  • Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework
  • Internet Torts and Crimes*
  • Law and Virtual Worlds
  • Law of Open Source

Life Sciences

  • Biotechnology Law and Policy
  • Current Topics in Bioethics*
  • FDA's Regulation of Health Care
  • Genetics and Law*
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Law and the Biosciences*

* Limited enrollment courses or seminars for which admission may be subject to a lottery or permission of the instructor.