Courses & Requirements
LL.M. Course Requirements
Award of the LL.M. degree in International Arbitration and Business Law requires 24 credit hours from the designated list of classes with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
From among these 24 credit hours, students are required to take 12 credits in specialized courses in International Arbitration and Business Law, split into a minimum of 6 required core course credits, and another 6 required key elective course credits:
Core Courses (min. 6 credits):
- LAW-789-001: International Commercial Arbitration: US & Comparative Perspective (3 credits)
- LAW-972-001: Bilateral Investment Treaty Arbitration (2 credits)
- LAW-835-001: International ADR: Global Sovereign Disputes Practicum (3 credits)
- LAW-679-001: International Investment Law (3 credits)
- LAW-973-001: International Contracts & Sales (3 credits)
- LAW-661-001: International Business Transactions (3 credits)
Key Electives (min. 6 credits):
Students are also required to take at least six credits from among the following key electives approved for the International Arbitration and Business Law LL.M. program:
- LAW-818: Contributions of the ICC Court of Arbitration to the Development of Commercial Arbitration (1 credit)
- LAW-677S-001: Choice of Law Issues in International Arbitration (1 credit)
- LAW-972S-001: Investor-State Arbitration (1 credit)
- LAW-789S-001: Introduction to the Practice of International Commercial Arbitration (1 credit)
Mediation and ADR-related courses:
- LAW-614-001: Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
- LAW-807: Mediation: Theory and Practice (1 credit)
- LAW-679A-001: Advanced Research Seminar on International Investment and Commercial Law (2 credits)
- LAW-990-001: International Business Negotiations (3 credits)
- LAW-849D-001: Legal Drafting: International Contracts (2 credits)
Transversal courses relevant for arbitration and business:
- LAW-660-001: International Law (3 credits)
- LAW-841-001: International Project Finance (2 credits)
- LAW-795DS-001: Damages and Compensation in International Commercial and Investment Arbitration (1 credit)
Additional, Required Courses (4 credits):
All LL.M. students who were not trained in a common law country are required to take the following courses:
- LAW-580-001: American Legal Institutions (2 credits)
- LAW-580-002: Legal Research & Writing (2 credits)
Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LL.M. students as indicated in Appendix 2, ILSP Course List. Students seeking experiential learning opportunities will be encouraged to seek externships for credit at law firms or governmental, NGO or INGO employers in fields related to international arbitration and business law.
There exist two options to comply with the LL.M. writing requirement:
Research Track: LL.M. candidates are automatically in the research track. They must successfully complete two research papers that demonstrate a high degree of skill in legal scholarship and writing. The papers can be written in connection with a class, or through independent research and writing.
Practical Skills Track: LL.M. candidates must register for and successfully complete an externship for credit, as well as write one research paper.
Each research paper must contain at least 3,500 words. The memo written for the Legal Research and Writing course (LAW-580-002) counts as one of these papers.
New York Bar Track:
With careful planning, foreign-educated law students can meet the LL.M. degree requirements, the Certificate of Specialization requirements (if they choose to pursue a specialization), and the New York bar eligibility requirements at the same time.
Of the 24 credit hours required to earn the LL.M., 12 credits must be in the subject matters required by the New York bar.
New York Bar Courses include:
Required (6 credits)
- LAW-580-001: American Legal Institutions (2 credits; offered Fall & Spring)
- LAW-580-002: Legal Research & Writing (2 credits; offered Fall o& Spring), and
- LAW-550: Legal Ethics (2 credits; offered Spring & Summer)
Plus 6 credits from 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)
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 summer credits.
Full-time or Part-time:
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 in at least 8 credits during the fall and the spring, except for the last semester when students can take a reduced course load for 1-7 credits.