The Center for International Law

LLM in International Business & Trade Law

Position yourself for a successful international legal career with our LLM in International Business & Trade Law. Optimized to provide degree candidates with a solid foundation in the rules, regulations, and legal approaches underlying international business and trade law, our LLM program offers enhanced marketability by building on Chicago's legal, business, and trade resources.

Our curriculum combines coursework, skills training, and research developed to meet the needs of a changing world and marketplace. Courses are taught by leading U.S. academics and international and trade law practitioners who have international practices and who know the cutting-edge issues involved in trade, investment, and regulation.

The LLM in International Business & Trade Law offers concentration certificates in the following areas:

Requirements

LLM in International Business & Trade Law candidates may select between a concentration in International Business Law or International Trade Law and must complete 30 credit hours in order to earn their degree. In addition to the required credits specified for each track, candidates will earn the remaining credits to fulfill their degree requirements by selecting elective courses from the list below. In addition to the required courses for their concentration, foreign-licensed attorneys must complete 5 required credits in U.S Commercial Law and Lawyering Skills and will earn the remaining credits by selecting elective credits from the list below. Degree candidates must graduate within 5 years with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, are subject to degree requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. Degree requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

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Proposed Schedule

Degree candidates pursuing the LLM in International Business & Trade Law should consult with the Center to plan a specific degree program tailored to their needs.

Curriculum

Required Courses*

Degree candidates may choose to pursue a concentration in International Business Law or International Trade Law. The related required courses for each track, along with additional requirements for foreign-licensed attorneys, are outlined below.

Track 1: International Business Law

International Business Law candidates must complete the following required courses to fulfill IBT LLM requirements.

Additional Required Courses for Foreign Lawyers Only

Track 2: International Trade Law

International Trade Law candidates must complete the following required courses to fulfill IBT LLM requirements.

Additional Required Courses for Foreign Lawyers Only

*Adjustments to the required curriculum may be made with the approval of the Director.

Elective Courses

**Candidates may earn credit for each section of the Masters Class they complete.

Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.