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, including four core courses, with the remaining courses chosen from a list of approved electives, which may include experiential learning courses (both clinical and externship) and an independent study. Students may pursue their course of study either full-time over a single year, or part-time over two years. Candidates work closely with the program director to design a program that fulfills not only the degree requirements, but also their professional goals.

Curriculum

Program Courses

  • 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
  • Principles of Financial Regulation
  • From Barter to Bitcoin: Modern Payment Systems
  • Cybersecurity and Data Breach: Legal and Practical Prevention and Response
  • Managing Privacy Risks Across the Business Enterprise
  • 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
  • Non-Depository Financial Institutions and Nontraditional Providers of Financial Services
  • 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. 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 $1,499 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.