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 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.

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Program Highlights
  • 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 64 countries
  • Join a community of law students, McGeorge faculty, and alumni, and receive special assistance in adjusting to student life in the United States

"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

Our 24-unit LLM program has three required courses, (1) a substantive course: Transnational Litigation or International Business Transactions; (2) LLM Legal Writing, Research, and Analysis; and (3) Legal English 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.

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.

Elective Courses

Course Units
Business Associations 4
Business Transactions: The Art of the Deal 2
Commercial Law 3
Conflict of Laws 3
Contracts 4
Copyright Law 2
Corrupt Foreign Practices 1
Directed Research, Graduate Level 1 or 2
Employment Law 3
European Union Law 1 or 3
Federal Income Taxation 3
Federal Securities Regulation 3
Foreign Investment and Development 3
Immigration Law and Policy 3
International and Foreign Legal Research 2
International Banking 2
International Business Transactions 3
International Arbitration 3
International Economic Law 3
International Negotiations 2
International Trade — Public Aspects 3
Masters Thesis 3 to 6
Mediation 3
Negotiation and Settlements Seminar 2 or 3
Patent Law 3
Public International Law 3
Sales of Goods 3
Survey of Intellectual Property Law 3
Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders 3
Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations 3
Trademark Law 2
U.S. & International Sale of Goods 2
U.S. Antitrust & International Competition Law 2
U.S. Taxation of International Transactions 3


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