In-Residence LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law

Study in Washington, D.C., one of the World's Leading Places for International Arbitration 

LL.M. Students who have the time to stay in Washington, D.C. can specialize in international arbitration and the related business law concepts with our LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law. This is an in-residence program that consists of 24 credits and that participants can take during one or several academic years, or by combining the fall and spring semesters with a summer semester at AUWCL's prestigious summer program. As explained in the online/hybrid section for this LL.M. program, participants have also the possibility of taking any desired amount of courses online.

In-Residence LLM Arbitration - Courses & Requirements

Award of the LL.M. degree in International Arbitration and Business Law requires successful completion of 24 credits. Non-common law trained students are required to take American Legal Institutions (LAW-580-001; 2 credits) and LL.M. Legal Research and Writing (LAW-580L-002; 2 credits) in the first semester.

Overview of courses offered in the LL.M. International Arbitration and Business Law program

Core Courses & Key Electives

LL.M. students must complete at least 12 credits of the required 24 credits in the following core courses and key electives:

Core Courses (min. 6 credits):

  • LAW-789-001: International Commercial Arbitration: US & Comparative Perspective (3 credits, fall semester)
  • LAW-972-001: Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration (2 credits, spring semester)
  • LAW-835-001: International ADR: Global Sovereign Disputes Practicum (3 credits, fall semester)
  • LAW-679-001: International Investment Law (3 credits, spring semester)
  • LAW-973-001: International Contracts & Sales (3 credits, fall semester)
  • LAW-661-001: International Business Transactions (3 credits, fall semester)
  • LAW-660-001: International Law (3 credits, spring semester)

Key Electives (min. 6 credits):

Arbitration-related courses:

  • LAW-818: Contributions of the ICC Court of Arbitration to the Development of Commercial Arbitration (1 credit, summer)
  • LAW-677S-001: Choice of Law Issues in International Arbitration (1 credit)
  • LAW-972S-001: Investor-State Arbitration (1 credit, summer)
  • LAW-789S-001: Introduction to the Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (1 credit, summer)
  • LAW-795DS-001: Damages and Compensation in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (1 credit, summer)

Mediation and ADR-related courses:

  • LAW-614-001: Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits, spring semester)
  • LAW-807: Mediation: Theory and Practice (1 credit, summer)

Business-related courses:

  • LAW-679A-001: Advanced Research Seminar on International Investment and Commercial Law (2 credits, fall semester)
  • LAW-990-001: International Business Negotiations (3 credits, spring semester)
  • LAW-849D-001: Legal Drafting: International Contracts (2 credits, fall semester)
  • LAW-841-001: International Project Finance (2 credits, fall semester)

The offering of core courses and key electives may be subject to change and the availability of these courses will be confirmed in the course schedule provided to students each semester before registration for classes start. In case of changes, students are allowed to choose alternative classes related to arbitration and/or business. Our academic advisors are available to advise students on alternative classes.

General Electives

LL.M. students may earn the remaining credits from any general electives in the LL.M. Course List.

The general electives include experiential learning courses, among which are externships. Our LL.M. career advisor and faculty are available to help LL.M. students locate externship opportunities at law firms, government agencies, and international organizations in the fields of international arbitration and business law.

For students with strong interest in research, the general electives offer the option of writing research papers under faculty supervision, through independent study credits.

LL.M. students can complete up to 6 credit of the required 24 credits through independent study and externship(s) combined.

To graduate from the LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law, students have to meet the following requirements:

  • Research Track: LL.M. students are automatically in the research track. They must successfully complete at least two (2) research papers that demonstrate a high degree of skill in legal scholarship and writing.


  • Practical Skills Track: LL.M. students must successfully complete an externship for credit, and write a research paper.

Foreign-trained LL.M. students may select courses required by the New York bar to qualify to sit for the bar exam from among the general electives. Please note that students who wish to take the New York bar exam will have to take all their courses in-residence, as no online courses are allowed as part of the LL.M. curriculum for the New York bar. Only for the fall 2020 semester there is an exception due to the measures adopted to prevent the spreading of COVID-19. For further information, please contact our admissions team

Of the 24 credits to earn the LL.M. in International Arbitration and Business Law, foreign-trained LL.M. students must complete 12 credits in the following courses:

Required (6 credits)

  • LAW-580-001: American Legal Institutions (2 credits; offered Fall & Spring)
  • LAW-580L-002: LL.M. Legal Research & Writing (2 credits; offered Fall o& Spring), and
  • LAW-550: Legal Ethics (2 credits; offered Spring & Summer)

Plus 6 credits selected among the following courses:

  • LAW-581-001: U.S. Business Law (3 credits; offered Spring)
  • LAW-504-002: U.S. Contracts Law (3 credits; offered Fall)
  • LAW-503-001: U.S. Constitutional Law (3 credits; offered Spring)
  • LAW-507-001: U.S. Criminal Law (3 credits; offered Fall)
  • LAW-636: Family Law (3 credits; offered Fall & Spring)
  • Subject to prior approval, LL.M. students may register for Evidence (LAW-633), Secured Transactions (LAW-840), and Wills, Trusts and Estates (LAW-697)

LL.M. candidates interested in taking the New York bar exam must complete the degree within 2 years of beginning the LL.M. program, and may only enroll in a maximum of 4 credits in the summer.

More information about New York Bar Exam requirements is available here. Please see also our general information on the Bar Exam here.

The LL.M. degree can be completed full-time (two or three regular semesters), or part-time (up to 5 years, as long as no visa restrictions apply). Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa must be enrolled full-time and take at least 8 credits each semester, except for the last semester when they can take a reduced course load for 1-7 credits.