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Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (“MIPLC”)

Munich, Germany
Started in 2003, MIPLC is a union of four partners from two continents: the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, the University of Augsburg, the Technische Universität München, and the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. (USA). The four partners combined to create this IP Law Center, which isn't a university or a law school per se, but instead a separate entity devoted to the IP arena.

The Program

The MIPLC program is jointly administered by the four MIPLC partners: (1) the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law; (2) the University of Augsburg; (3) Technische Universität München; and (4) the George Washington University Law School. The MIPLC offers a one-year Master's program in which students earn a minimum of 60 ECTS credits. The program is quite intense and demanding.

The MIPLC program cover all areas of European and international intellectual property, competition, and media law, as well as topics from related fields, such as economics and business administration.

The teaching methods heavily emphasize problem-oriented learning and case studies. In addition, training in litigation and negotiation skills forms an integral part of the classes. Students have numerous opportunities to practice their newly acquired skills in simulated court cases, workshops, internships, and exams.

To further support their studies, each student is assigned tutors for individual one-to-one tutorial sessions. The tutors, many of whom are MIPLC alumni, are highly qualified young members of the bar or researchers at the Max Planck Institute. The tutorials are one of the unique and innovative features of the LLM Program.

In recognition of the successful completion of the one-year program, the University of Augsburg awards the degree of Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M. IP) on behalf of all four partners.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have at least:

1. A Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) in law, economics, business administration, natural sciences, engineering, IT, literature, or media sciences (240 ECTS credits).

2. One year of relevant IP-related professional experience.

3. Very good knowledge of the English language.