Courses & Requirements

LL.M. Course Requirements

Award of the LL.M. degree in International Business & Trade Law requires 24 credit hours from the designated list of classes with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.

Core Courses (min. 6 credits)

The 12-credit Specialization Course requirement must include at least 6 credits from among the following core courses:

  • LAW-661-001: International Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • LAW-973-001: International Contracts and Sales (3 credits)
  • LAW-657-001: International Trade Law I (3 credits)
  • LAW-809-001: The United States Trade Regime (3 credits)

Key Electives (min. 6 credits)

Students are additionally required to complete at least 6 credits from among the following key electives approved for the International Business and Trade Law LL.M. program:

Business law-related courses:

  • LAW-795O-001: Anti-Corruption Law (2 credits)
  • LAW-727-001: Banking and Financial Institutions: International Regulations (2 credits)
  • LAW-724A-001: Banking and Financial Institutions: U.S. Regulation (3 credits)
  • LAW-808-001: International Business & Human Rights (2 credits)
  • LAW-990-001: International Business Negotiations (3 credits)
  • LAW-841-001:  International Project Finance (2 credits)
  • LAW-849D-001: Legal Drafting: International Contracts (2 credits)
  • LAW-581-001: U.S. Business Law (3 credits)

Trade law-related courses:

  • LAW-969-001: International Trade Law II (2 credits)
  • LAW-795EX-001: U.S. Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (2 credits)
  • LAW-679-001: International Investment Law (3 credits)
  • LAW-795WR-001: International Trade Agreements and Worker's Rights (summer course; 1 credit)
  • LAW-795TD-001: Trade and Diplomacy (summer course; 1 credit)
  • LAW-817WT-001: WTO: Rule Making and Dispute Settlement (summer course; 2 credits)

Courses related to international dispute resolution:

  • 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)
  • Additional Required Courses
  • International LL.M. students trained in the Civil Law tradition are required to take two courses (4 credits):
  • LAW-580-001: American Legal Institutions (2 credits)
  • LAW-580-002: Legal Research & Writing (2 credits)

General Elective Courses

Any remaining credits may be chosen from among the wide variety of courses that are open to LL.M. students. 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 trade and international business. 

Writing Requirements:

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. degree, 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.

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

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.