The LLM in Transnational Business Practice trains lawyers to practice in the field of international business law. The degree further prepares lawyers for a career in the global economy.
A program highlight is an access to the McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development, which stands at the interface between the global economy and the legal profession. The Global Center facilitates scholarship and curricular innovation and hosts a number of international events every year.
- Obtain practical experience.
- Enjoy classes with JD students.
- Benefit from faculty expertise in the international law field
- Work with the Director of Graduate & International Programs to tailor your course selection to meet your career goals
- Have access to McGeorge's broad base of alumni who work in international law firms in more than 40 countries
- Join a community of law students, McGeorge faculty, and alumni, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States
Our 24-unit LLM program has two required courses, (1) a substantive course: Transnational Litigation or International Business Transactions; and (2) LLM Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis for those trained in law outside of the United States, which is tailored to introduce students to common law courts, sources, legal reasoning, techniques of legal research and writing. The remaining course units can be customized to meet your individual career goals.
You have the option to complete an externship for credit with an international law firm, or to engage in advanced scholarship by pursuing a Master's Thesis or Directed Research Project.
LLM Transnational Business Practice Courses
You may tailor the rest of your academic studies by choosing from a variety of elective courses in substantive areas of U.S. Domestic Business Law and International Law. The director of the Graduate Programs will personally meet with you to go over your academic study plan.
Candidates may also be permitted to enroll in other elective courses relevant to transnational business practice not listed above. Note: Not all electives listed above are offered in every academic year.
- Business Associations, 4 Units
- Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal, 2 Units
- Commercial Law, 3 Units
- Conflict of Laws, 3 Units
- Contracts, 4 Units
- Copyright Law, 2 Units
- Corrupt Foreign Practices, 1 Unit
- Directed Research, Graduate Level, 1 or 2 Unit(s)
- Employment Law, 3 Units
- European Union Law, 1 or 3 Unit(s)
- Federal Income Taxation, 3 Units
- Federal Securities Regulation, 3 Units
- Foreign Investment and Development, 3 Units
- Immigration Law and Policy, 3 Units
- International and Foreign Legal Research, 2 Units
- International Banking, 2 Units
- International Business Transactions, 3 Units
- International Arbitration, 3 Units
- International Economic Law, 3 Units
- International Negotiations, 2 Units
- International Trade — Public Aspects, 3 Units
- Masters Thesis, 3 to 6 Units
- Mediation, 3 Units
- Negotiation and Settlements Seminar, 2 or 3 Units
- Patent Law, 3 Units
- Public International Law, 3 Units
- Sales of Goods, 3 Units
- Survey of Intellectual Property Law, 3 Units
- Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders, 3 Units
- Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations, 3 Units
- Trademark Law, 2 Units
- U.S. & International Sale of Goods, 2 Units
- U.S. Antitrust & International Competition Law, 2 Units
- U.S. Taxation of International Transactions, 3 Units
"The Transnational Business Practice LLM was a wonderful experience for me, both academically and career-wise and, by giving me the opportunity to build strong and lasting relationships. The program prepared me for a number of career paths and provided me with the unique opportunity of interning with an international law firm in Phoenix. I am happy to say that the program exceeded my expectations and has been instrumental in my professional development." — Yanying Li, '09, Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague
LLM Program Application Requirements
To be eligible to apply to one of our LLM programs, the applicant must present evidence of:
- Graduation from a school of law approved by the American Bar Association; or
- Admission to the Bar in a foreign jurisdiction, or of a state in the United States; or
- Graduation from a faculty of law in a foreign country whose educational authority has authorized that faculty to issue degrees in law.
Applications now open for Spring (January) and Fall (August) 2019.
LLM Application Checklist
The application fee will be waived upon request for all LLM applicants. To receive a code for an application fee waiver, please contact email@example.com.
Applicants must submit the following documents via the online application system, GradCAS. Note: Application materials in languages other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.:
- Official transcript(s) from all universities and colleges attended
- Transcripts may be ordered through the GradCAS system, or send directly to us by post.
- International applicants must submit an official English translation or certified evaluation of an official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate school attended.
- For applicants from countries in which a university will only release official transcripts to the student, the applicant may submit a photocopy if a notary or other official third party certifies that the photocopy is a true and correct copy of the original document.
- Resume or curriculum vitae
- Please submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
- Personal statement — Statements should address the following:
- Relevant professional experience
- Reason for application to the LLM program
- Any additional significant information
- Two letters of recommendation
- Letters of recommendation should be from academic or professional sources.
- Contact information for recommenders can be entered in the GradCAS system, or letters may be sent directly to Graduate Law Admissions (see address in the "Contact Us" box on this page).
- For non-native English speakers, proof of English proficiency:
- Receipt of an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English language institution
- Multi-year employment in a position which English is the primary language of communication; or
- A minimum test score of 88 (Internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Note: The F-1 student visa process may take two to three months.
Note to all applicants: Working with an agent will not affect your chances of acceptance and scholarship. All applicants should disclose in their application materials if they are working with an agent.