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Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the United States


Background and Purpose

This innovative eight-week course of study can be completed in two summers, allowing foreign and domestic lawyers to leave their practices for short periods of intense study. With special emphasis on business and trade law, participants complete the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program, four weeks of specialized programs and a capstone writing project on an applied aspect of international law.

Examining the U.S. legal system in-depth provies participants with a model for comparative legal analysis and an understanding of a legal system that is considered highly responsive to the global marketplace. With this foundation, participants go on to study global trading systems and the dynamic financial and economic forces driving internationalization and trade liberalization.

In addition to attending Orientation in U.S.A. Law, which is offered in July-August every summer, all licentiate students complete four weeks of specialized courses, such as two of the following:

Who Should Attend

Knowledgeable practitioners who wish to gain a licentiate reflecting expertise in complex domestic and international business and legal transactions.


  • Participants must satisfactorily complete 15 units of classes from the series offered in the International Law Programs (Orientation in U.S.A. Law plus their choice of cour weeks of specialized courses).

  • Participants will have rigorous attendance, participation and testing requirements for each course taken.

  • Participants will also write a paper on some applied aspect of transnational law, which is approximately 15-20 pages in length. The paper will deal with an applied subject appropriate to an experienced practitioner of law dealing with transnational issues.

Our Faculty

Faculty for the licentiate consists of faculty from the University of California, Davis, School of Law and outstanding practitioners from the West Coast and other parts of the United States.

About the University of California

The University of California is considered one of the finest institutions of higher education in the United States, with many professional schools, including five law schools: University of California, Berkeley (Boalt), Davis, UCLA, Hastings (San Francisco) and Irvine. The University of California law schools are considered among the leading public law schools in the United States.

How to Apply for the Licentiate

Please begin by enrolling in Orientation in U.S.A. Law, and contact us for further information at