International Commercial Law

Major: International Commercial Law
Degree Awarded: Master of Laws (LLM)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 24.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 22.0202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:

About the Program

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law is designed for students who have completed, at minimum, an LL.B. or its equivalent outside of the United States. The LL.M. provides these students with a sophisticated knowledge of international commercial law and gives them competencies in different areas of international commercial practice.

To earn the LL.M., students must successfully complete 24.0 semester credits in a combination of distribution and elective credits. Every student will receive individualized academic counseling and the student's individual program of study will be set up in consultation with an advisor.

Admission Requirements

Students must have an earned Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or its equivalent. Admissions will be based on applicant grades from their prior institutions. No entry exam is required, except that students who have completed their first law degree program in a language other than English will be required to have a minimum score on the TOEFL or a comparable exam.

Degree Requirements

Practical Skills (minimum of 3 credits)3.0
Legal Methods I
Legal Methods II
Mediation and Arbitration
Litigation Drafting
Contract Drafting
Legal Research and Analysis
Ethics (minimum of 3 credits)3.0
Ethics and Social Responsibility: The Lawyer as Ethical Gatekeeper
Professional Responsibility
Ethics and Professional Standards
Commercial, Financial, and Business Law (minimum of 12 credits)12.0
Banking and Finance Law and Regulation
Foreign and Domestic Investment in Africa's Natural Resources: Law, Policy, and Sustainability
International Commercial Arbitration
International Trade and Investment: Practice and Law
Project Finance for Infrastructure Development in Africa
Business Organizations
Secured Transactions
Private Equity and Venture Capital Law
Securities Regulation
Nonprofit Organizations
Legal Regulation of Global Financial Crimes
Legal Regulation of Investment Advisers
Legal Regulation of Investment Companies
Broker/Dealer Regulation
Banking Law
Patent Litigation & Strategy
Trademarks & Unfair Competition
Essentials of Intellectual Property Law
Insurance Law
International Business Transactions
Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting
Risk Assessment and Management
Electives (minimum of six credits). *6.0
Total Credits24.0

Any approved Law School class including courses from the three categories above can be used to fulfill these credits.

Sample Plan of Study

The Plan of Study will depend on whether the student is part-time or full-time, face-to-face or online and will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with an academic advisor.

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