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Curriculum

The Summer LL.M. in International Commercial Law is not accepting applications for the summer 2018 cohort. Please contact our offices at llm@ucdavis.edu for more information.

The UC Davis School of Law International Commercial Law LL.M. offers a superior educational experience for foreign lawyers, judges, prosecutors and other legal professionals. Classes are taught by outstanding faculty scholars and the program is convenient for working professionals.

Degree Requirements and Program Duration

Students attend the summer International Commercial Law LL.M. program by enrolling in six weeks of study each year for two to five consecutive years. Course dates for the 2017 summer program are from July 9 to August 19. Participants are required to complete 40 quarter units. Courses in the curriculum presently cover the subjects listed on the course chart below. Participants are required to take examinations at the end of each course and must maintain a B average while in the program. Additionally, all participants are required to write a substantial research paper. This paper will be based on a comparative investigation of some aspect of international transactions and commercial law. Normally participants plan to complete the degree within three summers. However, upon approval of the Associate Dean of International Programs, School of Law, a candidate may take up to five summers to complete the program. This program does not serve as preparation for a Ph.D. program

Program of Study

Candidates begin the program by examining the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system with special emphasis on business and trade law. They complete the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program, two of the specialized programs in international commercial law and the American Legal System Research Seminar. In addition, participants take intensive elective courses with an international perspective designed specifically for the master's degree program. Students also complete a capstone writing project. Topics for courses include:

Core Courses (20 Units minimum) Units 2017 2018 2019

Orientation in U.S.A. Law

7

YES

YES

YES

Capstone Writing Project

4

YES

YES

YES

American Legal System Research Seminar

1

YES

YES

YES

Global Trading System: Substance and Dispute Resolution

4

no

no

YES

Financing International Transactions

4

YES

no

no

Structuring International Joint Ventures

4

no

YES

no

Elective Courses (20 Units minimum) Units 2017 2018 2019

Business Associations

4

YES

no

YES

Intellectual Property

2

YES

no

YES

Comparative Law

1

YES

no

YES

Antitrust

1

YES

no

YES

Securities

2

no

YES

no

Private International Law

2

no

YES

no

International Tax

2

no

YES

no

International Business Transactions

2

no

YES

no

Licensing Academy in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

4

YES

YES

YES

NOTE: This calendar is subject to change, and other electives may be offered.

Participants are required to complete 40 quarter units.

Faculty

The UC Davis School of Law faculty comprise some of the nation's leading legal scholars. Visit the faculty section to learn more about out outstanding faculty.

The UC Davis School of Law (King Hall) exposes students to the leading thinkers in law. Faculty members have pioneered the law in such areas as scientific evidence, partnership law, conflict of laws, nonmarital cohabitation and criminal sentencing. They have helped to shape environmental law in Washington, D.C., constitutions in Eastern Europe, commercial law in China, family law in England, the Netherlands and Germany, and arbitration and alternative dispute resolution in Indonesia. Moreover, their expertise is shared with students beyond the formal classroom setting. They will guide you through the fundamentals of legal analysis, as well as through the social, political and economic backgrounds that inform the evolution of the law.

In addition to the permanent faculty, the program welcomes the participation of outstanding visiting scholars and practitioners, who share their first-hand profession experience in the following fields: negotiation of international contract, negotiation and enforcement of international trade treaties, enforcement of international commercial sanctions, compliance with securities regulation, arbitration of international commercial claims, international litigation, tax optimization, licensing and technology and more.

Additional International Commercial Law LL.M. Information

International Commercial Law LL.M. Bylaws 

Degree Requirements 2016 (Student follows the degree requirements reflecting the year s/he was admitted or the most recent version)

Degree Requirements 2012

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