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International Commercial Law LL.M. Program Information

A part-time program completed over two to five summers, the summer International Commercial Law LL.M. (ICL) program is designed to provide specialized knowledge in international business and trade with an emphasis on the U.S. legal system in a comparative context. The program and schedule enable legal practitioners who wish to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge to obtain a master's degree by attending six weeks of courses for two to five consecutive summers at the School of Law at University of California, Davis, and other locations abroad. This degree program is for international and domestic lawyers.

When

Classes of varying lengths are held throughout each summer from June to August.

Please view our brochures:

ICL LL.M.  and Summer Programs 

Where

University of California, Davis, School of Law, and off-site locations in the U.S. and abroad depending on the course.

Tuition and Fees

  • Nonrefundable application fee: $90 U.S. Applicants / $110 International Applicants

  • Academic tuition and fees: approximately $33,920 for three consecutive summers of study*

*All fees are subject to the control of the UCRegents and California Legislature and may change without notice. Tuition and fees are posted on the Office of Budget & Institutional Analysis website.

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 2016 2017 2018

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

YES

no

no

Financing International Transactions

4

no

YES

no

Structuring International Joint Ventures

4

no

no

YES

Elective Courses (20 Units minimum) Units 2016 2017 2018

Business Associations

4

no

YES

no

Intellectual Property

2

no

YES

no

Comparative Law

1

no

YES

no

Antitrust

1

no

YES

no

Securities

2

YES

no

YES

Private International Law

2

YES

no

YES

International Tax

2

YES

no

YES

International Business Transactions

2

YES

no

YES

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.

Requirements for the International Commercial Law LL.M. Program

International applicants must submit satisfactory evidence of completion of a degree program or equivalent involving academic legal training at an accredited educational institution. Applicants from the United States must have completed a bachelors degree plus a J.D. LL.B., or equivalent degree from an accredited United States law school.  A period of law practice or legal experience and/or advanced legal studies is preferred but not required.  

A minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 (or equivalent) in undergraduate work is required.

All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to fulfill the English Language Requirement. There are three ways to meet the requirement:

  • Submit an Official TOEFL Score Report with a minimum iBT score of 80 (or 213 computer-based or 550 paper-based). Our institution code for the TOEFL is 4778. A minimum 7.0 IELTS score is also acceptable.

  • Take the exam at the end of the initial Orientation in USA Law program and earn a "B" or better.

  • Attain the highest level in the 10-week Intensive English Program (offered March through June every year) at UC Davis Extension prior to beginning the course work.

ICL Commitment to a diverse student body

The International Commercial Law LL.M. attracts international practitioners and legal professionals from all over the world who share a common interest in providing the highest quality legal services possible for their clients who are engaged in international commercial activities, negotiations and agreements. By nature, international commercial activities involve participants from diverse legal systems and cultural backgrounds. The ICL LL.M. program has drawn international legal professionals from around the world since 1998. The result is an international network that utilizes the cultural diversity of its participants to address international commercial law legal issues. The ICL LL.M. program values and supports a diverse population of participants because it is central to the underlying purpose of the ICL LL.M. program. http://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/students/gradlife/diversity.html

Application Procedures and Deadlines

You may begin to apply online in October for the upcoming summer. The Admissions Committee will review applications as soon as they arrive. June 1st is the final date for receipt of complete online applications. To apply after June 1st and before the program begins, please contact the LL.M. Admissions Officer at caspencer@ucdavis.edu.

The components of the application are:

  • Completed online application form. The online application will be available by mid-October at: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=ucdgrad. You will need to create a new user account. Select the application for International Commercial Law. You may pay the application fee with Visa or MasterCard through the secure online system. You may also pay via e-check. If you are not able to pay online, please send a bank draft directly to the ICL LL.M. Admissions Officer. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete.

  • One official set of academic records issued in the original language and accompanied by a certified English translation. Academic records should show graded coursework, dates of enrollment and award of degrees, plus a certified copy of the actual degree or state examination for all university and law school study.  UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended.  You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application.  For more details visit https://gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/submit-transcripts.

  • Two letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application system. It is preferred that these letters come from the applicant's current or former employers, bar colleagues, or law professors.

  • Statement of Purpose: Indicate your reasons for seeking an advanced law degree from the UC Davis School of Law. This statement should include a description of how you intend to use your graduate training, your research or specialization interests, and a listing of any special qualifications or experiences you have which might make a distinctive contribution to the law school’s intellectual and professional community. If your decision to pursue graduate study at the School of Law is based on a desire to work with particular members of the faculty or to take particular courses, please indicate the names of the faculty or the courses in your statement.

  • Personal summary: Please provide a brief account of your personal history with emphasis on the development of your interest in law. Include any academic distinctions or honors you have received, as well as publications or other matters indicative of your abilities. List relevant employment and/or other professional activities since your graduation from law school.

  • CV or Resume.

  • Nonrefundable application fee of $90 for domestic applicants, or $110 for international applicants.

  • Meeting the English Language Requirement: After you have submitted your application online, please download and complete the English Language Requirement form  and return it to the ICL LL.M. Admissions Officer by fax at +1 (530) 752-4704 or by email at caspencer@ucdavis.edu.  If submitting a TOEFL score, please request the ETS to send the Official Score Report to Institution Code 4778.

How to apply

Apply online

Degree Requirements 

Download a brochure 

Mentoring Guidelines 

Add/Drop a course

Add requests must be received by July 8, 2016.  Drop requests must be received no later than the second teaching day of class.  Students may add/drop a class with permission of the Graduate Adviser.

Refund

A refund request will be approved, if the request is received no later than July 12, 2016.

Contact

Cyntia Spencer
LL.M. Admissions Officer
International Law Programs
400 Mrak Hall Drive, Room 1123
Davis, CA 95616
caspencer@ucdavis.edu
+1 (530) 752-6081