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LLM in International Transactions and Comparative Law

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The LLM program in International and Comparative Law, which is open only foreign students, allows students to focus on either international commercial and business transaction law, international human rights law, or an in-depth study of a particular area of U.S. law.  

Students in the Master of Laws in International Transactions and Comparative Law program choose to specialize in one of two areas. The first option is to focus on the law relating to international business and commercial transactions or international human rights law. Students who select the second option focus on an area of American law as the subject of a comparative law study. Completion of either option leads to the LLM degree. Students pursuing either track may tailor their education by selecting from many recommended and elective courses.

The program requires completion of 25 course units of credit over two consecutive full-time semesters of study at the USF School of Law (August through May). With the approval of the director, the program may also be completed through part-time study.

The LLM program is open to applicants who have obtained a first degree in law, or have completed in a foreign country the university-based legal education required to take the equivalent of the bar examination in that country, or are qualified to practice law in a foreign country, or are otherwise determined sufficiently qualified by the LLM admissions committee. Strong English language ability is also required of all applicants.

All international LLM students meet weekly in the American Legal System courses, which include visits to state and federal courts in San Francisco and other events. International LLM students also enjoy a one-on-one mentor relationship with one of our alumni who is a practicing attorney or judge.