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Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the United States

Background and Purpose

The commercial world has become increasingly internationalized during recent decades. International joint ventures between parties from different countries are now commonplace. Lawyers, who facilitate these interactions, must be highly skilled in setting up successful joint ventures based on knowledge of multiple legal systems and a variety of process skills for both preventing and resolving disputes that may arise within these contexts.

Anticipating further globalization of the world economies, 28 years ago the University of California, School of Law, Davis, using faculty from the University of California, Schools of Law at Davis and outstanding practitioners, established the month-long Orientation in U.S.A. Law program to train foreign lawyers and judges in the U.S. legal system with an emphasis on the fundamentals of international and domestic business and trade law. Over the past decades, more than 3,000 legal professionals from 50 countries have participated in this summer institute.

In addition to having attended Orientation in U.S.A. Law, which is offered in July-August every summer, all licentiate students complete two out of three of the following specialized courses:

Together these summer courses form the core curriculum for a Licentiate in International Transactions Involving the United States. Those obtaining the licentiate will have specialized knowledge in international business and trade law with particular emphasis on the U.S. legal system used in comparative context. Should a participant decide to continue further with their studies, they can apply the above credits towards our part-time summer International Commercial Law LL.M., which is obtained by attending courses over three summers or 18 weeks in a three-to-five year period.

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 two out of the four 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