Law, LLM

The LLM program offers a rigorous curriculum that will provide you with a comprehensive foundation in legal theory and practice as well as the freedom to explore and refine your career interests. LLM students may choose the general program, which offers maximum flexibility to let you take the courses you want and need — to qualify for a US bar exam or to do whatever you choose as a lawyer who wants to make a difference — or one of our concentrations, which provide a competitive advantage in specific fields of interest.  

Concentration Options

This LLM program offers several concentrations:

  • Health Policy and Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • International Business Law
  • Law and Economic Development

Note: Students may choose a concentration area, but are not required to complete a concentration.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Foundational Courses

These foundational courses are required for any student who obtained their first law degree outside the United States:

LAW 6301Intensive Introduction to American Law and Legal Institutions3
LAW 6302Intensive Introduction to Legal Research and Writing for LLM Students3

Electives

Students must take at least 27 credits of LAW electives if they took the foundational courses; they must take at least 33 credits of LAW electives if not required to take foundational courses. Courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements count toward the elective requirement.27 or 33

Concentration Options

Students may choose to pursue a concentration by completing the listed requirements.  Courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements count toward the elective requirement for the LLM degree.

Health Policy and Law

Core Course
Complete the following course:
LAW 7335Health Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7494Bioethics and the Law3
LAW 7600Current Issues in Health Law and Policy3
LAW 7606Drug Law and Policy3
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
LAW 7527Public Health Legal Clinic4

Students must also complete a health policy and law-related research paper.

Human Rights

Core Courses
Complete the following 2 courses:
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7338International Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7597Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic6
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7676Energy Justice: Theory, Law, and Policy for a Just Clean Energy Transition3
LAW 7651Human Rights in the United States3
LAW 7666Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7675Information Privacy Law3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
LAW 7664Law and Inequality3
LAW 7362Poverty Law and Practice Clinic6
LAW 7351Prisoners' Rights Clinic6
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
LAW 7550Refugee and Asylum Law3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7581Rights of Noncitizens3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3

Students must also complete a human rights-related research paper.

Intellectual Property and Innovation

Core Courses
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7590Copyright Law3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7501Patent Law3
LAW 7638Trademark Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 additional courses from the core course list or the following list:
LAW 7303Antitrust3
LAW 7602Bioproperty3
LAW 7521Branding Law and Practice4
LAW 7643Creative and Innovative Economies: IP, Commercial Development, and Sustainable Business Practice3
LAW 7417Entertainment Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7640Information Security Law3
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7639Internet Law3
LAW 7633IP CO-LAB Clinic6

Students must also complete an intellectual property and innovation-related research paper.

International Business Law

Core Courses
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 additional courses from the core course list or the following list:
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7643Creative and Innovative Economies: IP, Commercial Development, and Sustainable Business Practice3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7676Energy Justice: Theory, Law, and Policy for a Just Clean Energy Transition3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7554International Investment Arbitration and Litigation Practice2
LAW 7338International Law3
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7006Secured Transactions3
LAW 7572Transactional Drafting Seminar3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2

Students must also complete an international business law-related clinic or research paper.

Law and Economic Development

Core Courses
Complete the following 2 courses:
LAW 7580Community Economic Development3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7479Basic Income Taxation4
LAW 7610Community Business Law Clinic6
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7607Consumer Law3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7530Education Law3
LAW 7329Environmental Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7335Health Law3
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7666Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7424Labor Law 14
LAW 7394Land Use3
LAW 7664Law and Inequality3
LAW 7546Law of Financial Institutions3
LAW 7669Law and Technology3
LAW 7514Natural Resources Law3
LAW 7362Poverty Law and Practice Clinic6
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7324Securities Regulation3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3
LAW 7428State Local Government3
LAW 7423State Local Taxation3

Students must also complete a law and economic development-related research paper.

Program Credit Requirement

33 total hours required.

For additional information regarding the LLM program and its requirements, please see the LLM Student Information Handbook.

The Experiential LLM program offers a rigorous curriculum that will provide you with a comprehensive foundation in legal theory and practice as well as the freedom to explore and refine your career interests. Experiential LLM students may choose the general program, which offers maximum flexibility to let you take the courses you want and need — to qualify for a US bar exam or to do whatever you choose as a lawyer who wants to make a difference — or one of our concentrations, which provide a competitive advantage in specific fields of interest.  Students in the full-time Experiential LLM program deepen their knowledge and expand their expertise by taking a full-time co-op or equivalent experiential alternative during one quarter.  

Concentration Options

The Experiential LLM program offers several concentrations:

  • Health Policy and Law
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • International Business Law
  • Law and Economic Development

Note: Students may choose a concentration area, but are not required to complete a concentration.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Foundational Courses

These foundational courses are required for any student who obtained their first law degree outside the United States:

LAW 6301Intensive Introduction to American Law and Legal Institutions3
LAW 6302Intensive Introduction to Legal Research and Writing for LLM Students3
LAW 6315Legal Research and Writing for LLM Students: Preparing for Co-op3

Electives

Students must take at least 24 credits of LAW electives if they took the foundational courses; they must take at least 33 credits of LAW electives if not required to take foundational courses. Courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements count toward the elective requirement.24 or 33

Concentration Options

Students may choose to pursue a concentration by completing the listed requirements.  Courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements count toward the elective requirement for the LLM degree.

Health Policy and Law

Core Course
Complete the following course:
LAW 7335Health Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7494Bioethics and the Law3
LAW 7600Current Issues in Health Law and Policy3
LAW 7606Drug Law and Policy3
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
LAW 7527Public Health Legal Clinic4

Students must also complete a health policy and law-related research paper.

Human Rights

Core Courses
Complete the following 2 courses:
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7338International Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7597Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic6
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7676Energy Justice: Theory, Law, and Policy for a Just Clean Energy Transition3
LAW 7651Human Rights in the United States3
LAW 7666Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7675Information Privacy Law3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
LAW 7664Law and Inequality3
LAW 7362Poverty Law and Practice Clinic6
LAW 7351Prisoners' Rights Clinic6
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
LAW 7550Refugee and Asylum Law3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7581Rights of Noncitizens3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3

Students must also complete a human rights-related co-op or equivalent experiential alternative or a human rights-related research paper.

Intellectual Property and Innovation

Core Courses
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7590Copyright Law3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7501Patent Law3
LAW 7638Trademark Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 additional courses from the core course list or the following list:
LAW 7303Antitrust3
LAW 7602Bioproperty3
LAW 7521Branding Law and Practice4
LAW 7643Creative and Innovative Economies: IP, Commercial Development, and Sustainable Business Practice3
LAW 7417Entertainment Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7640Information Security Law3
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7639Internet Law3
LAW 7633IP CO-LAB Clinic6

Students must also complete an intellectual property and innovation-related co-op or equivalent experiential alternative or an intellectual property and innovation-related research paper.

International Business Law

Core Courses
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 additional courses from the core course list or the following list:
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7643Creative and Innovative Economies: IP, Commercial Development, and Sustainable Business Practice3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7676Energy Justice: Theory, Law, and Policy for a Just Clean Energy Transition3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7554International Investment Arbitration and Litigation Practice2
LAW 7338International Law3
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7006Secured Transactions3
LAW 7572Transactional Drafting Seminar3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2

Students must also complete an international business law-related co-op or equivalent experiential alternative or an international business law-related clinic or research paper.

Law and Economic Development

Core Courses
Complete the following 2 courses:
LAW 7580Community Economic Development3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
Relevant Elective Courses
Choose at least 2 courses from the following list:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7479Basic Income Taxation4
LAW 7610Community Business Law Clinic6
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7607Consumer Law3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7530Education Law3
LAW 7329Environmental Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7335Health Law3
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7666Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7424Labor Law 14
LAW 7394Land Use3
LAW 7664Law and Inequality3
LAW 7546Law of Financial Institutions3
LAW 7669Law and Technology3
LAW 7514Natural Resources Law3
LAW 7362Poverty Law and Practice Clinic6
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7324Securities Regulation3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3
LAW 7428State Local Government3
LAW 7423State Local Taxation3

Students must also complete a law and economic development-related co-op or equivalent experiential alternative or a law and economic development-related research paper.

Experiential Requirement

Students must take a full-time co-op or equivalent experiential alternative during one quarter (or, for part-time students, part-time over two quarters).  

Program Credit Requirement

33 total hours required.

For additional information regarding the Experiential LLM program and its requirements, please see the LLM Student Information Handbook.