Bucerius / UC Hastings Summer Program "Licensing Transactions in Intellectual Property"

June 29 - July 17, 2020
Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany

The program is taught primarily by practitioners from leading firms who share their experience in interactive seminars. Together with participants from around the world, you will deepen your understanding of the forces shaping global IP practice. The diverse student body and faculty offers an ideal forum to exchange legal and cultural perspectives and for you to make personal and professional contacts from around the world.

Study visits are a core element of the curriculum and enable you to discuss links between theory and industry strategy. Following introductions to two global enterprises and their areas of interest, you will learn more about current challenges facing corporate legal teams and the methods being used to address them.

Seminars and tutoring will enable you to address various elements of practice surrounding the transaction of intellectual property across borders and legal systems. To apply these concepts in a real-world setting, IP practitioners from major firms will guide you in negotiating the terms for a license agreement; this intensive two-day workshop will aid you in developing negotiation strategies that you can incorporate into your own practice and future endeavors.

By working in small groups with students from different legal backgrounds, you will be able to gain valuable intercultural communication skills while acquiring in-depth knowledge in the field of international IP law and comparing perspectives with participants from across the globe. Socratic-style course meetings promote interactive dialogue, inquiry and close cooperation with your peers and lecturers.

Final Assessment

You will be assessed based upon your performance in the two-day final negotiation workshop and on a two-hour written exam. These scores will be combined to determine your final grade for the program.

Credit Load

Though not accredited by the American Bar Association, the program follows the ABA's standards for Student Study at a Foreign Institution to offer you credit for your undertakings; the course has been structured to provide a total of 5 ABA credits (60 hours of classroom time; one credit hour being equivalent to 700 minutes of classroom time).

If you are a European student, you can collect European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points, which your home university may choose to accept toward your program of study. Successful completion of the program will provide 10 ECTS points.

If you are seeking to transfer credit, be sure to consult with your home institution before committing to the program to ensure that your participation will be recognized. Your academic advisor may be required to approve a foreign course of study in advance of the program.


All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of participation and transcript of grades; if you are seeking to have credit recognized toward your degree program, you should explore the policies of your home university in advance of your participation.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit

UC Hastings is an approved provider of California MCLE. Attorneys licensed in California may satisfy their full 25-hour MCLE requirement by completing the summer program, except for the required hours in Legal Ethics, Prevention / Detection / Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness, and Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession. Attorneys licensed in another state should consult their bar to determine whether California MCLE programs may be used to satisfy their CLE requirements. The summer program will issue a Uniform Certificate of Attendance to assist attorneys licensed outside California in obtaining CLE credit.

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