Courses & Requirements


Award of the LL.M. degree in International Business and Trade Law requires 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. in International Business and Trade Law

Required Core Courses and 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-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-795TR-001: Trade Remedies (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)

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.

Graduation Tracks

To graduate from the LL.M. in International Business and Trade 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.

New York Bar Track

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. Of the 24 credits to earn the LL.M. in International Business and Trade 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.