LLM in Business and Finance Law

Director: J. Pam

Faculty Advisers: M. Abramowicz, K. Brown, N. Buchanan, S. Charnovitz, D. Clarke, L. Cunningham, L. Fairfax, T. Gabaldon, M. Galston, S. Jones, S. Kieff, W. Kovacic, G. Maggs, J. Manns, D. Mitchell, A. Wilmarth


A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses, including 2 credits graded on the basis of a research paper, are required. For non-U.S. law school graduates, the curriculum requirement must include Corporations (6250) unless they have previously completed equivalent course work. For both U.S. and non-U.S. law school graduates Corporations may be counted toward the 16-credit Business and Finance curriculum requirement.

The research paper used to satisfy the written work requirement must be at least 8,000 words in length, and U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. 

All candidates for the LLM degree must complete a total of 24 credit hours, including course work that satisfies the written work requirement. Those working towards a specialized degree must complete the minimum required number of hours in courses listed below for that program. Related courses are recommended for the remaining course work.

Courses

  • Securities Regulation (6252)
  • Corporate Finance (6254)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (6256)
  • Venture Capital Law (6259)
  • Regulation of Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers (6260)
  • Regulation of Derivatives (6261)
  • Corporation Law Seminar (6262)
  • Selected Topics in Corporate Law (6263)
  • Securities Law Seminar (6264)
  • Selected Topics in Securities Law (6267)
  • Employee Benefit Plans (6272)
  • Secured Transactions (6280)
  • Secured Transactions and Commercial Paper (6281)
  • Commercial Paper—Payment Systems (6282)
  • E-Commerce (6283)
  • Creditors’ Rights and Debtors’ Protection (6284)
  • Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization (6285)
  • Consumer Protection Law (6286)
  • Selected Topics in Banking Law (6289)
  • Banking Law (6290)
  • Banking Law Seminar (6292) 
  • Admiralty (6293)
  • Unincorporated Business Organizations and Agency Law (6294)
  • Business Planning (6296)
  • Insurance (6298)
  • Federal Income Taxation (6300)
  • Corporate Taxation (6302)
  • Partnership and LLC Taxation (6304)
  • International Taxation (6312)
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation (6314)
  • State and Local Taxation (6316)
  • Selected Topics in Tax Policy Law (6317)
  • Tax Policy Seminar (6318)
  • Selected Topics in Public Law (6427)**
  • Modern Real Estate Transactions (6330)
  • Land Use Law (6332)
  • Law of Real Estate Financing (6334)
  • White Collar Crime (6364)
  • Antitrust Law (6402)
  • Public Law Seminar (6426)**
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435)
  • Environmental Issues in Business Transactions (6452)
  • International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism (6521)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • The International Competition Law Regime (6523)
  • International Commercial Law (6524)
  • International Trade Law (6526)
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527)
  • Law of the European Union (6534)
  • International Finance (6541)
  • International Banking and Investment Law (6542)
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration (6544)
  • International Project Finance (6545)
  • Chinese Business Law (6549)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Arbitration (6556)
  • Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law (6557)
  • International Negotiations (6558)
  • Trade Remedy Law (6563)
  • International Business Transaction Seminar (6564)
  • Law and Accounting (6602)
  • Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic (6621)
  • Negotiations (6648)
  • Legal Drafting (Transactional) (6652)**
  • Legal Drafting (Mergers and Acquisitions) (6652)**
  • Field Placement (6668)***
  • Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696)***
  • Graduate Clinical Studies (6697)***

*Contracts I (6202) and Contracts II (6203) also will be available, with the permission of the program director, to those students who have not completed equivalent coursework.

**Select sections with the permission of the program director. ***With the permission of the program director.

Courses Related to Business and Finance Law

Please note: The courses below are related to, but do not count toward the 16-credit Business and Finance curriculum requirement.

  • Administrative Law (6400)
  • Communications Law (6412)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Local Government Law (6422)
  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Patent Law (6471)
  • Copyright Law (6472)
  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • International Organizations (6530)
  • Space Law (6548)
  • Law of the Sea (6550)
  • U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation (6553)
  • International Dispute Resolution (6682)

With the exception of the courses marked as "Required," and subject to degree requirements, candidates for the LLM in Business and Finance Law are free to design their own curriculum. Below are recommendations for students interested in concentrating in the areas of Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Finance Law, Securities and Regulation, or International Business and Trade Law.

Recommended courses generally will also include Contracts I and II (with the permission of the program director) for students who have not completed equivalent coursework. Corporations is required for students not holding a U.S. law degree (if they have not completed equivalent coursework).

Concentration in Commercial Law

  • Corporations (6250) 4 credits
  • Secured Transactions (6280) 2, 3, or 4 credits
  • Banking Law (6290) 3 credits
  • International Business Transactions (6522) 3 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 Recognition (6285) 3 credits
  • Consumer Protection Law (6286) 3 credits
  • International Commercial law (6524) 2 credits
  • International Banking (6542) 2 credits

Concentration in Corporate Law

  • Corporations (6250) 4 credits
  • Securities Regulation (6252) 3 credits
  • Corporate Finance (6254) 2 or 3 credits
  • Takeovers and Tender Offers (6256) 2 credits
  • Venture Capital Law (6259) 2 credits
  • Corporation Law Seminar (6262) 2 credits 
  • Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization (6285) 3 credits
  • Employee Benefit Plans (6272) 2 credits
  • Unincorporated Business Organizations and Agency Law (6294) 2 credits
  • Business Planning (6296) 2 or 3 credits
  • Corporate Taxation (6302) 3 credits
  • Partnership and LLC Taxation (6304) 2 or 3 credits
  • Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation (6314) 2 credits
  • Law and Accounting (6602) 2 or 3 credits

Concentration in Finance Law

  • Corporations (6250) 4 credits
  • Securities Regulation (6252) 3 credits
  • Corporate Finance (6254) 2 or 3 credits
  • Secured Transaction (6280) 2 or 3 credits
  • Banking Law (6290) 3 credits
  • Venture Capital Law (6259) 2 credits
  • Creditors' Rights and Debtors' Protection (6284) 3 or 4 credits
  • Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization (6285) 3 credits
  • Business Planning (6296) 2 or 3 credits
  • Insurance (6298) 2 or 3 credits
  • Corporate Taxation (6302) 3 credits
  • International Taxation (6312) 2 or 3 credits
  • Law of Real Estate Financing (6334) 2 credits
  • International Anti-Money Laundering (6521) 3 credits
  • International Finance (6541) 3 credits
  • Foreign Direct Investment (6544) 2 credits
  • International Project Finance (6545) 2 credits
  • Introduction to Transnational Islamic Law (6557) 2 credits
  • Law and Accounting (6602) 2 or 3 credits

Concentration in Securities Regulation

  • Corporations (6250) 4 credits
  • Securities Regulation (6252) 3 credits
  • Takeovers and Tender Offers (6256)
  • Venture Capital Law (6259)
  • Regulation of Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers (6260) 2 credits
  • Regulation of Derivatives (6261) 2 credits
  • Securities Law Seminar (6264) 2 credits
  • Business Planning (6296) 2 or 3 credits
  • Corporate Taxation (6302) 3 credits
  • White Collar Crime (6364) 2 or 3 credits
  • Law and Accounting (6602) 2 or 3 credits

Concentration in International Business and Trade Law

  • Corporations (6250) 4 credits
  • Admiralty (6293) 3 credits
  • International Taxation (6312) 2 or 3 credits
  • Antitrust Law (6402) 3 credits
  • Trade and Sustainable Development (6435) 2 credits
  • International Anti-Money Laundering (6521) 3 credits
  • International Business Transactions (6522) 3 credits
  • International Competition Law Regime (6523) 2 credits
  • International Commercial Law (6524) 2 credits
  • International Trade Law (6526) 2 or 3 credits
  • Advanced International Trade Law (6527) 2 or 3 credits
  • Law of the European Union (6534) 2, 3, or 4 credits
  • International Finance (6541) 3 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