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Seattle University School of Law
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Seattle, WA 98122
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LLM in Innovation and Technology Law

About the LLM in Innovation and Technology Law

Seattle has emerged as a leading global hub for the technology industry. The city hosts a remarkable base of knowledge, talent, and opportunity that inspires our LLM in Innovation and Technology Law program. The program addresses the substantial need for a new cadre of legal service professionals who are well-trained in the underlying regulatory schemes and well-versed in the technological and strategic features that define the newest methods of doing business. Disruptive technologies, pervasive data privacy concerns, a new digital economy, and cyber X—from crime to warfare—drive this demand. As a student in Seattle University School of Law’s LLM in Innovation and Technology Law program, you will receive both academic and practical training in the various legal issues and doctrines affecting, and affected by, technological innovation in business. You will emerge as part of that new cadre of legal professionals, and ready to confront these new challenges.

The program curriculum places particular emphasis upon matters of privacy, cybersecurity, digital commerce, and financial technology. Students examine the interplay between technological innovation, complex legal doctrines and regulatory approaches, business and market models (both cutting-edge and traditional), and the various actors whose interests, perspectives, and goals affect the technology law landscape. The program is open to graduates of both domestic and foreign law schools.

Degree Requirements

The LLM candidate must complete 24 credit hours. All students will complete a number of core courses common to the degree program. In addition to completing this core curriculum, students may select one of two specific “tracks” and complete an additional set of courses or choose courses from both tracks, based on their interest. The two tracks are: (1) information privacy and cybersecurity; and (2) digital commerce and financial technology. Students will also work with a faculty member or professional mentor to complete a two credit writing seminar/thesis or independent study.

Students may pursue their course of study either full-time over a single year, or part-time over two years. Degree candidates work closely with the program director, faculty, and local professionals to design a course of study that fulfills not only the degree requirements, but also the student’s professional goals.

 

Curriculum

Download the Innovation and Technology Law Curriculum

 

Core Courses

  • Legal and Technological Foundations of Privacy, Cybersecurity, and Commerce in the Digital Age (immersion)
  • Law, Technology, and Ethics in the Age of Business Innovation
  • Cyberspace Law in the Modern Era, and Beyond
  • Foundations of Privacy Law
  • Digital Commerce and Consumer Data

Track 1: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

  • Cybersecurity and Data Breach: Legal and Practical Prevention and Response
  • Managing Privacy Risks Across the Business Enterprise
  • Data Privacy Intensive Study:

    In addition to the foregoing, track 1 students will select electives chosen from among the following:

    • Cyber War, Cyber Espionage, and Cyber Crimes
    • Privacy Law & Educational Institutions
    • Privacy Law & the Healthcare Industry
    • Information Privacy in the Global Marketplace
    • Open Government Law
    • Surveillance Law, Personal Privacy, and Government Intrusion
    • Privacy Litigation
    • Privacy Considerations in the Software and Information Technology Industries

Track 2: Digital Commerce and Financial Technology

  • From Barter to Bitcoin: Modern Payment Systems
  • Non-Depository Financial Institutions and Nontraditional Providers of Financial Services
  • Digital Commerce/FinTech Intensive Study:

    In addition to the foregoing, track 2 students will select electives chosen from among the following:

    • Principles of Financial Regulation
    • Data Privacy Intensive Study: Consumer Information and Digital Commerce/Finance (also a privacy track elective)
    • Digital Commerce Law
    • Cyber and White Collar Crimes
    • Practicum (experiential learning course)—Topical areas may include incident response, regulatory relations, lawyering within an organization, etc.

Application Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the LLM program, candidates must hold a JD degree or foreign equivalent.

Preferred application deadline: November 15 for Spring applicants and June 15 for Fall applicants.

Apply here using this form or apply on LSAC.org (coming soon). In addition to this application form, applicants must submit:
  • Personal statement (1-2 pages). Please discuss your background, goals, how you plan to use your LLM degree, and any additional information you would like us to know.
  • Nonrefundable $60 (US) application fee (waived for current Seattle U Law students and alumni).
  • A resume or C.V.
  • A list of three references (academic or professional references preferred but not required).
  • For attorneys admitted to practice in any jurisdiction, a Certificate of Good Standing from each such jurisdiction (need not be submitted with application – must be submitted at any time prior to the start of classes)
The following items must be sent to the law school directly from the appropriate institutions:
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions where you have studied law. American students do not need to send undergraduate transcripts. A certified translation must be attached if the transcript is not in English.
  • If English is not your first language, official TOEFL score report must be sent directly from ETC. TOEFL is waived for students whose first language is English, who attended an educational institution in which English was the primary language of instruction, or who worked in an English-speaking environment for one year or more.

Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid Program
Preferred deadline for financial aid is November 15 for Spring applicants and June 15 for Fall applicants.

Tuition for the LLM is $1,450 per credit. Tuition Deposit: This $250 nonrefundable deposit is applied to your first semester's tuition and ensures you a place in the entering class. The deposit is due one month after the date of admission.

Tuition is paid per term, and determined by the number of credits you are taking. You may pay tuition charges with financial aid, personal resources, and/or employer benefits. If you choose not to use financial aid or have remaining charges after financial aid is applied to your account, you may arrange a payment plan directly with the law school business office, (206) 398-4050, or through TuitionPay, an organization that provides an interest-free monthly installment payment plan.