U.S., International, and Transnational Law (LL.M.)

The LL.M. in U.S., International, and Transnational Law is designed for foreign lawyers and law graduates who want a broader understanding of the United States legal system and international legal issues.

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The LL.M. in U.S., International, and Transnational Law offers flexibility in the choice of law courses as well as the opportunity to conduct independent research. Students enrolled in the program attend courses and seminars along with J.D. students and can take advantage of Chicago-Kent’s cutting-edge expertise in areas such as information technology law, e-commerce, and financial services law.

Electives include International Law, Comparative Law, International Business Transactions, International Trade Law, European Union Law, International Aspects of Intellectual Property, International Human Rights, and Immigration Law.

Program Overview

The LL.M. in U.S., International, and Transnational Law is designed for foreign lawyers and law graduates who want a broader understanding of the United States legal system and international legal issues.

Career Opportunities

Attorneys who focus on international and comparative law often work in-house at corporations or are part of law firms. Many are also employed by government agencies. Those interested in public interest law often focus on international criminal law, environmental law, and human rights law.

Potential employers include:

  • International corporations
  • Intergovernmental organizations, such as the World Trade Organization or United Nations
  • Law firms
  • Nongovernmental organizations, such as Amnesty International or the World Wildlife Fund
  • Government agencies

Participants in the LL.M. in U.S., International, and Transnational Law program must complete 24 credit hours of study, including:

  • One 3-credit course from the following: Comparative Law, International Business Transactions, International Intellectual Property, or other 3-credit course including a comparative law component approved by the program director
  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Fulfillment of the writing requirement, which can be completed by taking a seminar or Legal Writing IV for LL.M. students

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Foreign attorneys and law students are welcome to apply. The LL.M. Program in U.S., International, and Transnational Law is not open to attorneys holding a J.D. degree from an American law school.