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IP Master of Legal Studies (IP MLS)

IP Master of Legal Studies (IP MLS)

An online IP Master of Legal studies (IP MLS) includes a foundation of legal principles (one year) and a specialization in intellectual property (one year). As part of the specialization, the student can select one of two tracks: one focusing on clinical or trademark experience, and a second focusing on a capstone project.

Many companies run into challenges when protecting their internal innovations and the expansion of their ideas and products. To meet these challenges, companies often turn to intellectual property specialists and patent agents to meet their specific needs. Lincoln’s flexible online IP Master of Legal Studies (IP MLS) program deepens your understanding of the IP laws on patents and prepares you for an expansion of your own career and marketability as an IP professional.

Graduates of Online IP Master of Legal Studies have many career opportunities in various industries. Career examples include but are not limited to:

  • Patent Agent (Requires Patent Bar Exam)
  • Technology R&D Manager
  • Product Licensing Professionals (Patent Brokers)
  • Individual Inventors
  • Product Entrepreneurs


Professional Development IP MLS Path

The Clinic track includes participation in the Lincoln IP Clinic, where students are trained on patent or trademark services, and, in turn, provide services for free to clients that are accepted into the clinic. The clinic experience track allows for students to be mentored one-on-one with an active practitioner and gain direct experience working with the USPTO.

The Capstone Thesis option track includes research and preparation of a research paper focusing on a subject associated with intellectual property. The capstone project allows for students to be mentored one-on-one with faculty members and be published by a local law journal.

The IP MLS program requires 33 units and two years to complete.



Admission Requirements

60 semester or 90 quarter units of completed college work. A Bachelors’s degree is not required.

  • Completed Application
  • Resume or CV
  • (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Personal Statement


Flexible Online Program. The standard curriculum is 33 units and is designed to take 2 years for students entering in the Fall Semester. Students should contact the Admissions Coordinator for additional information.

Except as provided in rule 4.30 of the Admissions Rules (Legal Education in a foreign state or country), completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for a Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to qualify to sit for the bar examination or to be admitted to practice for information regarding their legal education requirements.

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IP certificate program through Lincoln Law

IP courses at Lincoln Law utilize a convenient hybrid model which combines self study and a weekly hour of live interaction with the professor. These virtual meetings are held outside of traditional business hours allowing students to pursue all of their priorities.