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.

Requirements

LLM in International Business & Trade Law candidates may select between a track 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 track, 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. Please read the Time Limits on Degree Completion Policy.

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.

Note: We are currently in the process of converting JMLS course numbers to new UIC course numbers. Students registering for Summer 2020 may need to use the Registrar’s course conversion table to find the JMLS course number for summer registration. When using the table, you can use the UIC course number listed on this page to find the correlating JMLS course number needed for registration. For fall 2020, students will register using the UIC course number.

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Curriculum

Required Courses*

Degree candidates may choose to pursue a track 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 the LLM requirements.

Two of the following courses:

The following course:

Additional Required Courses for Foreign Lawyers Only

Track 2: International Trade Law

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

One of the following courses:

Both of the following courses:

Additional Required Courses for Foreign Lawyers Only

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

Elective Courses

Please review each course description to determine what prerequisites apply.