Curriculum

The George Washington University Law School offers a rich and exciting curriculum in business and finance.  It is, moreover, a work in progress; courses are regularly added in response to recently recognized legal problems and market developments, as well as to reflect faculty and student interest.

  • The only course required for all candidates for the LL.M. in Business and Finance Law is the Thesis, which will culminate in completion of a substantial written work.  In rare cases, the Thesis requirement may be waived by the Program Directors.
  • There are two additional courses required for those students who do not hold a law degree from a U.S. academic institution: Corporations (unless equivalent coursework has been completed) and Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law.

Other courses are grouped  below under the headings “Foundation” (recommended overview courses, all of which are taught by full-time faculty), “Capstone” (advanced courses, some of which are taught by adjuncts), and “Graduate Program Specific” (courses available only to LL.M. students). The credits allocated for each course are listed.

Many students will be interested in concentrating in a particular area within business and finance. More information is available for suggested courses for concentrations in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Finance Law, Securities Regulation, International Business and Trade Law.

Required (All LL.M. Students)

Thesis (6690-91) 2 credits


Required for Students not holding U.S. Law Degrees

Corporations (6250) 4 credits
Fundamental Issues in U.S. Law (6694) 2 or 3 credits


Foundation Courses
Securities  Regulation (6252) 3 credits
Corporate Finance (6254) 2 or 3 credits
Secured Transactions (6280) 2 or 3 credits
Banking Law (6290) 3 credits
International Business Transactions (6522) 3 credits
International Finance (6541) 3 credits

Advanced Courses

Commerical, Business & Labor Law
Takeovers and Tender Offers (6256) 2 credits
Venture Capital Law (6259) 2 credits
Regulation of Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers (6260) 2 credits
Regulation of Derivatives (6261) 2 credits
Corporation Law Seminar (6262) 2 credits
Securities Law Seminar (6264) 2 credits
Employee Benefit Plans (6272) 2 credits
Commercial Paper - Payment Systems (6282) 2 or 3 credits
E-Commerce (6283) 2 credits
Creditors' Rights and Debtors' Protection (6284) 3 or 4 credits
Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization (6285) 3 credits
Consumer Protection Law (6286) 3 credits
Admiralty (6293) 2 or 3 credits
Unincorporated Business Organizations and Agency Law (6294) 2 credits
Business Planning (6296) 2 or 3 credits
Insurance (6298) 2 or 3 credits

Taxation Law
Federal Income Taxation (6300) 3 or 4 credits
Corporate Taxation (6302) 3 credits
Partnership and LLC Taxation (6304) 2 or 3 credits
International Taxation (6312) 2 or 3 credits
Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation (6314) 2 credits

Property, Family Law & Torts
Modern Real Estate Transactions (6330) 3 credits
Land Use Law (6332) 2 credits
Law of Real Estate Financing (6334) 2 credits

Criminal Law & Procedure
White Collar Crime (6364) 2 or 3 credits

Administrative Law & Government Regulation
Antitrust Law (6402) 3 credits

Environmental Law
Trade and Sustainable Development (6435) 2 credits

International & Comparative Law
International Anti-Money Laundering (6521) 3 credits
International Competition Law Regime (6523) 2 credits
International Commercial Law (6524) 2 credits
International Trade (6526) 2 or 3 credits
Advanced International Trade (6527) 2 or 3 credits
Laws of the European Union (6534) 2, 3, or 4 credits
U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553) 2 credits
International Banking (6542) 2 credits
Foreign Direct Investment (6544) 2 credits
International Project Finance (6545) 2 credits
Chinese Business Law (6549) 2 credits
U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553) 2 credits
International Arbitration (6556) 2 credits
Introduction to Transnational Islamic Law (6557) 2 credits
International Negotiations (6558) 2 credits
Trade Remedy Law (6563) 2 credits
International Business Transactions Seminar (6564) 2 credits
Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic (6621) 4, 5, or 6 credits

Law & Other Disciplines
Law and Economics (6598) 2 or 3 credits
Law and Accounting (6602) 2 or 3 credits

Graduate Program Specific
Legal Practicum (6695) no credit
Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696) 1 or 2 credits
Graduate Clinical Studies (6697) 1, 2, 3, or 4 credits

Contracts I and II will also be available, with the permission of the program directors, to those students who have not completed equivalent course work.

Courses Related to Business and Finance Law
Administrative Law (6400) 3 credits
Advanced Antitrust Law Seminar (6403) 2 credits
Communications Law (6412) 2 or 3 credits
Legislation (6416) 2 or 3 credits
Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418) 2 credits
Local Government Law (6422) 2 credits
Enivronmental Law (6430) 2 or 3 credits
Patent Law (6471) 2 or 3 credits
Copyright Law (6472) 2 or 3 credits
Formation of Government Contracts (6502) 3 or 4 credits
Performance of Government Contracts (6503) 3 or 4 credits
International Organizations (6530) 2 or 3 credits
Space Law (6548) 2 credits
Law of the Sea (6550) 2 credits
U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553) 2 credits
Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers (6604) 2 or 3 credits
International Dispute Resolution (6682) 3 credits

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