Earn your Executive LLM in the Law Governing Business Activity, a new degree offered by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in partnership with the global elite law firm Shearman & Sterling.

In this era, expertise in corporate governance, compliance and a range of traditional and emerging business subjects is essential for any lawyer or executive seeking to manage and grow their business and advance their career.

The Executive LLM, intended for experienced lawyers in companies in China, provides a solid grounding in U.S. business law and makes it easier to navigate the complexities faced by global businesses. The degree will help you become sophisticated in global legal practice, such as “Belt and Road Initiative” related business transactions. From intellectual property and trade to privacy and cybersecurity, you will be better equipped to lead an organization through the changing legal landscape using both legal and business perspectives.  


  • Eight extended weekends of in-person classes in Shenzhen
  • Supplemental materials accessible online to allow you to prepare for in-person sessions
  • Capstone trip to Shearman & Sterling headquarters in New York for a week of mentored meetings with general counsel of U.S. companies, former regulators of the securities markets, and leading judicial figures active in business law matters
  • Classes taught in English, with Chinese-language support 
  • Degree program runs October 2020 – May 2022 


  • Priority Deadline: July 15, 2020
  • Late Deadline: August 14, 2020
  • Class Size: Limited to 40 students
  • Tuition and costs: $58,500 U.S. (excludes travel expenses such as airfare and lodging; the first half is due within 10 working days after receiving an offer of admission and the remaining half is due within 8 months after the start of the first substantive course)
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Elite Professors

You will take classes with esteemed University of Arizona Law faculty and highly experienced attorneys from Shearman & Sterling. Examples include:  

Executive LLM professor and Shearman & Sterling attorney Lorna Chen

Lorna Chen

Teaches: Mergers and Acquisitions 

Lorna Chen is Asia Regional Managing Partner of Shearman & Sterling and is head of Greater China and a member of the firm's Executive Group. She received her JD from Columbia University. Chen is one of the most senior international lawyers in Asia who serves clients in the private equity area, focusing on cross border transactions in different sectors such as financial institutions, TMT, healthcare, education. Her clients include the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds, major financial institutions and family offices.

Executive LLM professor and Shearman & Sterling attorney Robert Mundheim

Robert Mundheim

Teaches: Corporate Governance, Professional Responsibility 

Robert Mundheim is a professor of law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and Of Counsel to Shearman & Sterling. He has served as a professor and dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, as general counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department, as special counsel to the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as executive vice president and general counsel for Salomon Inc. He chaired the ABA’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, served on the Council of the American Law Institute for nearly 30 years, and is a trustee of the American College of Corporate Governance. He received his LLB from Harvard Law School.

David Gantz

Teaches: Trade Regulation 

David Gantz is an Emeritus Professor of Law at University of Arizona Law. He holds a JD from Stanford University. He is a globally recognized expert in the areas of international trade and investment law and regional trade agreements. He has served as a consultant for the UNDP, USAID and the World Bank, among others, and served as a panelist under Chapters 11, 19, and 20 of NAFTA. 



The Executive LLM in the Law Governing Business Activity consists of the following course work and will include both theory and practical, modern case studies that reflect current business and legal realities.

Business Organizations Regulation of Business: Competition Law Taxation
Corporate Governance Laws Relating to Investment Vehicles Intellectual Property
Corporate Finance International Commercial Transactions Litigation Affecting Corporations: Civil Litigation
Role of the Audit Committee Cybersecurity Litigation Affecting Corporations: Criminal Process
Mergers and Acquisitions Trade Regulation: National Security, WTO, Dumping, Countervailing Duties Environmental Regulation
Securities Regulation Protection of Privacy International Arbitration

Regulation of Business: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML), Sanctions

Compliance Control Professional Responsibility


Due to current travel restrictions, the Executive LLM start date has been postponed to October 2020. 

Dates subject to change


Location/format to be determined
September 2020


Begins September 2020, after orientation


in Shenzhen

  • October 2020
  • December 2020
  • February 2021
  • May 2021
  • August 2021
  • November 2021
  • January 2022
  • April 2022


at Shearman & Sterling, New York City
May 2022


at the University of Arizona, Tucson
May 2022


Application Deadline: July 15, 2020 

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants must possess a first law degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate English proficiency. The following documents must be included in the application:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript from your first law degree (Note: if the transcript does not clearly state the date on which the degree was conferred, you will also be required to submit a copy of your degree diploma/certificate.)

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Contact globallaw@email.arizona.edu with any questions.

“I would not have been hired by Nike if I were not trained at Arizona Law, nor would I be able to discuss hard questions with lawyers and business partners from all over the world. I learned how to practice fearlessly, fairly and passionately. At Arizona Law, I was able to apply what I was learning to what I had experienced in past years. With repeated interactions and trainings offered by the class, I quickly made critical legal thinking a habit. I recommend this program because this would generate probably the highest return of your education investment.” 

- Ye Zhu, JD Graduate, Assistant General Counsel at Nike (Greater China)