Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Programme: Licensing Transactions in Intellectual Property Bucerius Summer Programme: Licensing Transactions in IP

Bucerius Law School • Hamburg

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This three-week programme is a joint undertaking of the Bucerius Center for Transnational IP, Media and Technology Law and Policy and UC Hastings College of the Law. It is offered in partnership with the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO.
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1, C2
  • June 28 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021)
Target group

Bucerius Summer Programmes are designed for advanced law students, recent graduates, and young professionals wishing to acquire in-depth knowledge in the fields of international business law, licensing transactions in intellectual property, and legal technology and operations.

By joining one of the intensive three-week courses, you will have an opportunity to gain valuable intercultural communication skills by working in small groups with students from different legal backgrounds.


The programme is designed to build practical skills for transacting technology licences across legal systems and national borders. By taking part, you will gain a thorough understanding of core IP and licensing concepts (including industry practices) and explore both the legal and business perspectives of licensing.

Topics covered include an overview of IP laws relevant to licensing in various jurisdictions (primarily the US and the EU, with references to relevant developments in other jurisdictions), securing IP rights internationally, IP management and monetisation, the mechanics and legal aspects of transferring IP rights (including a focus on EU competition regulations), structuring international licence agreements, international dispute resolution, and industry-specific licensing strategies.

These theoretical concepts will be applied in a licensing workshop. In teams supervised by experienced practitioners, you will negotiate a transnational technology licence based on a real-life fact pattern, and develop the transaction's term sheet.

Two site visits to workshops of major international enterprises will round out the programme by enabling you to discuss licensing experience and strategy with in-house counsel.

By taking part in the programme, you will be able to earn up to 10 ECTS points. If you are a US law student and seeking ABA credits towards graduation, you should discuss credit-transfer with your adviser and follow procedures at your home institution.

The programme is not accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA); however, the Law School will provide you with a documentation packet to assist in obtaining academic credit. The programme's credit system is based on ABA guidelines and is structured for a total of 5 ABA credits (60 hours of classroom time; one credit hour being equivalent to 700 minutes of classroom time). The number of credits recognised within your programme of study is at the discretion of your home university, i.e., US law schools may award fewer than 5 ABA credits.

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ECTS points (max.)
Dates and costs
  • June 28 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021), costs: EUR 1,900
This price includes
  • Accompanying programme
  • Course fees
Further information on dates and prices

Save 15% – submit your application prior to 1 March and you will receive a tuition reduction!

Admission decisions for applicants who submit their materials prior to the early bird deadline will be announced in late March.

The tuition for this programme is set at 1,900 EUR. This enables you to participate in all programme sessions (lectures, seminars, workshops) at no additional cost.

There is no application fee.

We recommend budgeting at least 1,000 EUR for your stay in Hamburg; while all extracurricular activities are provided free of charge for participants, accommodation and travel expenses to/from Hamburg come at an additional cost.

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2, C1, C2
Language requirements

Applicants may submit any of the following to satisfy the minimum requirement for participation:

  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT): 90
  • IELTS Academic Programme: 7.0
  • CAE: B or CPE: C
  • ILEC

In certain situations, we may be able to waive the test requirement and arrange for a telephone interview to assess your English skills, e.g. if you spent a significant amount of time in an English-speaking country or were enrolled in numerous courses or a short-term programme taught in English. If you do not have a (valid) English proficiency certificate and would like to discuss this option, please feel free to contact us at +49 4030706113.

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Description of social and leisure programme

Over the course of the three-week programme, a few afternoons will be kept open so that you can enjoy some time in the sun and take advantage of the extracurricular programme offered by the International Office. Hamburg has numerous museums, theatres, cafés, bars, and sights to discover. Free guided tours and excursions allow you to explore the city, its attractions, and nearby sites of interest!

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Bucerius Law School

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Located in what was previously Hamburg's botanical institute, the Bucerius Campus is an oasis of green in the city centre!

Bucerius is Germany's first private law school. After its foundation in 2000, it quickly established its position as the country's top law school, a rank it has maintained since 2008. Bucerius was founded by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, one of Germany's largest private foundations.

39 Nationalities represented in the 2019 Bucerius summer programmes
718 Programme participants since 2008

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Surrounded by an expansive midtown park and located in the building that once housed the city's botanical institute, the Bucerius campus is an oasis of green in the middle of Hamburg. Whether you're looking to relax in the sun while you do your reading or visit a pub with your peers after getting out of class, you'll find that the central location offers the perfect conditions for making the most of your studies and time in Germany's second-largest city.

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