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The Comparative Intellectual Property Law Program
Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Theory
Faculty of Law and Political Sciences
University of Szeged
Welcome to the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Theory at University of Szeged! Thank you for your interest in our Comparative Intellectual Property Law LL.M. Program. During your studies at the University of Szeged, you will be placed in a stimulating learning environment, as expected from one of the best and leading universities in Hungary. This program will provide the highest level of education. The program combines theory and practice through dynamic teaching methods. Attendees will receive expert training from highly-qualified professors, attorneys and other professionals with unrivalled reputation for quality and extensive practice experience. Studying intellectual property law in a comparative perspective grants new opportunities and career-forming relationships for all attendees.
Prof. Dr. Attila Badó
Head of the Institute of Comparative Law and Legal Theory
This program provides thorough professional and theoretical education for students interested in the intellectual property law of the leading countries of cultural industry and industrial property law. Students who intend to be practitioners or professors of copyright and/or industrial property law or aspire to build successful careers in policy making will also benefit from the program. Students having completed their studies in Szeged may prove more successful and efficient in representing and attaining national and international, economic, scientific and cultural interests and objectives.
Successful completion of the program also provides students with extremely solid support and education in the field of intellectual property planning, strategies and business partnerships. Furthermore, offering qualifications in the field of legal and administrative tasks and arrangements, it also conveys considerable know-how in the field of enforcement of IP rights. Finally, the module is specially designed to present excellent opportunities for state, non-profit and various other organizations such as commercial, trade and legal chambers to delegate students to the program.
When: September each year
Where: H-6721 Szeged, Bocskai street 10-12.
Entry requirements (please follow the guideline of the Dream Apply electronic application system):
• original diploma/degree, or the certified copy of the diploma/degree;
• original or certified copy of the certification of your English knowledge;
• ID photo;
• a copy of identity card/passport.
According to the degree type, our postgraduate program offers two streams: one for lawyers [Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Comparative Intellectual Property Law], and one for non-lawyers (in Comparative Intellectual Property Law). For those who would like to join the program, it is an essential condition to have at least a bachelor degree. Students with at least law BA degree will receive a Legal Master’s degree (LL.M.). Students with at least a BA degree from any other field of social sciences, or computer sciences, natural sciences, health sciences or engineering, will obtain a certificate (Legal Specialist in Comparative Intellectual Property Law). Applicants must demonstrate an excellent command of the English language. Also, applicants will be required to submit an internationally accredited language exam certificate (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS or GRE).
Application dates and tuition fees
The program will be launched first in September 2020. Application forms have to be submitted by 15 August 2020 for those who do not need any visa for completing studies in Hungary. Those, who need visa to continue studies in Hungary, shall submit their application documents by 31 May, 2020. All applications must include two confidential academic references; a transcript of records of your previous studies; an internationally recognised and accredited English language exam (if applicable) and proof of payment of the application fee. An application fee of 85 EUR will apply to each application submitted to the LL.M. Program. The tuition fee for non-EU Member States’ nationals is 2,500 EUR per semester.
Accommodation, health insurance and visa
We must emphasize that the tuition fee does not cover the expenditures below. The Pro Talentis Universitatis Foundation helps students in the proceedings regarding the residential permit (if it is necessary for third country citizens) and health insurance. The Foundation also helps to find proper accommodation in the city of Szeged.
The administrative fee for the bureaucratic procedures is EUR 100/semester. Our Foundation is in contact with real estate agencies, hostels and student dormitories. Depending on the student’s wishes, they can offer flat for rent (from EUR 300–600 per month), or a single room in a dormitory for EUR 200–300 per month). Please note that the above-mentioned amounts are only estimates.
There are several core subjects which form the basis of the LL.M. There are additional compulsory courses as well. The LL.M. Program is designed to allow students to choose from a wide range of specialized elective courses. This flexibility allows students to either diversify into several areas of IP law or to choose one particular area enabling them to gain a specialized LL.M. degree. In addition to the core modules, students are required to write a 15 pages long dissertation. The dissertation shall be supervised by one of the lecturers of the program.
The modules will be assessed by either written or oral examinations. Each examination follows a multi-stage testing system. Students must successfully complete all parts of the program in order to be awarded the LLM degree or certificate.
Our LL.M. program intends to guarantee the highest level of experience by inviting renowned scholars and professionals from Hungary and other countries as well. Guest lecturers will deliver either classroom lectures or specialized presentations within the frames of our „IP Nights” series (offered mainly in the spring semesters). These lectures and presentations help to deepen the practical and comparative knowledge of the students enrolled in our LL.M. Program.
The resources of the University Library [József Attila Tanulmányi és Információs Központ (TIK)] are freely available for students of the Master’s program. A Student Card is needed in order to gain access to the library and to borrow a book or enter the databases of the Library.
- Methodology and Research Seminar
- International and European Copyright Law
- International and European Patent and Trademark Law
- International Trade Law and IP
- IP Aspects of Investment Law and International Dispute Settlement
- Industrial Property and Science
- Industrial Property and Telecommunications
- Cross-border Licensing and Enforcement
- Economics of IP
- Industrial Property and Automotives
- Industrial Property and Pharmaceuticals
- Internet Law
- Entertainment Law
- Media Law and IP
- IP in Sports, Art and Fashion
- Fundamentals of IP Law
- Intellectual Property in Practice
- Development of Copyright Law
- Research Paper Seminar in IP Law
- Moot Court I.
- [IP and Open Innovation
- IP and Criminal Law
- EU Consumer Protection Law
- E-commerce and IP
- Comparative Digital Copyright Law
- Moot Court II.
- IP in a Digital Trade Economy
Application and Contact
The applications shall be submitted via the Dream Apply system.