LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice

General

Program Description

Overview

The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice (TLP) is designed to train foreign attorneys in cross-border practice of law, to educate global attorneys within the New York City legal community, and to enhance non-native English speaking attorneys’ skills in practicing law in English, the lingua franca of the global legal profession.

As a student in this program, you will:

  • Learn from some of New York’s best academic lawyers and most experienced practicing attorneys
  • Live in New York City, the financial, cultural and commercial capital of the U.S. and a true World City
  • Build a network of future colleagues from all over the world

The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice prepares students for a rewarding career as an international lawyer. 

Pathways to the Profession

Every student entering the Transnational Legal Practice LLM Program comes from a different background, has a different area of academic interest, and has a different plan for post-graduate opportunities. With that in mind, TLP offers five Pathways, allowing students within the same program to focus on different areas of transnational practice.

Cross-Border Transactions
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in private practice with a focus on corporate law.  Topics in this Pathway include project development, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, global corporate compliance, cross-border employment law, international competition (antitrust) law, and cross-border IP licensing.  

International Trade & Investment
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in international trade, customs, and investment positions. Topics in this Pathway include regional trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP), EU trade law, trade and development, TRIPs agreement, trade preferences, international banking regulation, and bilateral investment treaties.

Public International Legal Practice
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working at the United Nations, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or a government agency focused on international law. Topics in this Pathway include public international law theory, treaties, international courts and tribunals, the law of international organizations, statehood, and recognition.

Transnational Dispute Resolution
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in litigation, investor-state arbitration or international commercial arbitration, and international mediation.  Topics in this Pathway include mediation of armed conflict, peace processes, investment-state arbitration, dispute settlement in international organizations, and the settlement of territorial disputes.

Bar Track
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in preparing to take the New York Bar Exam. Students pursuing this pathway enroll in an addiitonal semester, taking at least 12 credits. Recommended courses include Applied Legal Analysis, a course for all LL.M.s preparing for the bar exam, and its companion course, Drafting: Practice Documents for LL.M. Togther, these courses review substantive knowledge and writing skills required for the bar exam. 

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Courses

Twenty Four (24) Credit LLM Program

Required Courses:
  • Introduction to TLP (1 credit)
  • Transnational Practice Skills I (3 credits)
  • Transnational Practice Skills II (3 credits)
  • TLP Legal Writing I and II (5 credits) (Students with exceptional English language ability may be able to place out of these classes)

Foundational Courses (students must select at least one of the following courses):

  • International Law (3 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • International Litigation & Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • International Trade Law (2 credits)

Electives (below is a sample of some of the most popular electives for TLP students):

  • Business Organizations (4 credits)
  • Colloquium in Law: International Law (2 credits)
  • Commercial Arbitration (3 credits)
  • Comparative Law (3 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (2 credits)
  • International Criminal Law (2 credits)
  • International Finance (3 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (3 credits)
  • Introduction to U.S. Law I (2 credits)
  • Law & Religion: International and Comparative Perspectives (3 credits)
  • Other courses suited to your individual interests  (1 to 4 credits)

If you prefer, you can design your own course of study incorporating required and elective courses suited to your professional needs or personal interests across a range of specialties, including for example intellectual property, bankruptcy, taxation, criminal law or comparative law.

Dual Diploma: LL.M. in International Trade and Investment Law/LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice

St. John’s University School of Law and Lyon Catholic University Law School offer a dual LL.M. International Trade & Investment Law/LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program starting in September. The program, entirely taught in English, is designed specifically for students interested in working in international trade, customs, and investment positions. Topics include regional trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP), EU trade law, trade and development, TRIPs agreement, trade preferences, international banking regulation, and bilateral investment treaties.

The students will spend the Fall semester in Lyon (France) from September to December, and the Spring semester in New York City (U.S.A.) from January to May. This gives the unique chance to be immersed in two distinct linguistic, cultural and legal contexts.

All students enrolled in this track receive a dual diploma (an LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law by Lyon Catholic University and an LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice by St. John’s). Interested candidates should apply to Lyon Catholic University. 

Admission

Admission to the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice LL.M. program at St. John’s School of Law is selective and based upon excellence in prior legal studies. Evidence of academic scholarship, as well as professional achievements, will be considered. The LL.M. Program is designed to have limited enrollment in order to enrich the quality of the experience for each LL.M. candidate.

Applicants must submit:

  • Statement of Goals (Essay)
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Recommendations (2)
  • Writing Sample
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score
  • Application fee

All applicants will automatically be considered for partial academic scholarships. No separate application is required.

Apply online: https://www.stjohns.edu/law/llm-admissions

Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

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St. John’s Law is inclusive, accepting, and welcoming community that reflects the rich diversity of our hometown of Queens, NY, “The World’s Borough.” From the classroom to internships and clinical work in the field to study abroad, our students develop the lawyering skills, targeted expertise, and professional connections they need to graduate practice-ready, all with the support of our outstanding faculty, dedicated career counselors, and global alumni network. Our employment and bar exam outcomes consistently rank us among the top New York law schools and, whatever career path they choose, our students carry with them St. John's Vincentian values, understanding that law is a vocation through which they can live justly and better the world. Read less