A one-year full time course of study designed primarily for lawyers trained outside the U.S., the Master of Laws in International Trade and Business Law (LLM) offered by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in cooperation with the National Law Center for the Inter-American Free Trade, is designed to provide candidates with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to understand current developments in the areas of international trade and commercial law.
The implementation of the World Trade Organization Agreements, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the “Mercosur” common market, the negotiations aimed at the establishment of a “Free Trade Area of the Americas,” the negotiation and conclusion of numerous regional trade agreements by the United States and other nations, and a significant increase in investor state disputes have produced a complex web of international agreements, rules, regulations, and international arbitral decisions. Under these circumstances, there is a clear need for rigorous graduate-level legal education in the area of international trade law, international commercial law and international investment which this program seeks to meet.
It is our expectation that graduates of the program will be well-prepared for future careers in private practice, law teaching, and government service.
For The Student
Students within the program will receive an extensive education in the many facets of International Trade and Business Law due to our extensive course offerings, exchange programs, and comprehensive plan of study.
LLM candidates at The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law must complete a minimum of 26 credit hours for the degree. Foreign students must also complete a two-unit course, Intro to American Law, and a special course devoted to U.S. research and writing techniques. Most of the curriculum consists of “core” courses in International Trade and Business Law, International Commercial Law, and instruction in related areas. For a more in-depth look at course offerings for the program, please see our Course Offerings page (link).
The LLM degree at Arizona is a research as well as a professional degree, and thus all LLM candidates will complete a substantial paper (thesis) requiring extensive legal research and analysis. Frequently, the research is accomplished in conjunction with the National Law Center, a research and training institution directed by College of Law Professor Boris Kozolchyk. Topics are selected by LLM candidates with the advice of faculty members within the program, and may focus on any area of interest within the broad context of international trade and commercial law, or in related areas.
Our SJD degree in International Trade and Business Law is typically a three-year program, with the first year requiring full-time in-residence attendance, typically two terms of enrollment in coursework at the University of Arizona. (24 units), followed by two years of research and writing (minimum registration 3 units per term). The SJD dissertation phase (2-5 years) culminates in an in-person defense of the dissertation.
To apply to the SJD Program, please submit a 5-6 page research proposal and a current Curriculum Vitae (CV) to David A. Gantz (link to email). Additionally, please provide the contact information of several of your professors from your University who you feel could describe your work to us, and request your testing agency (ETS) to report your most recent TOEFL score to the University of Arizona.
Second and third year JD candidates are eligible for one-semester visits under three separate programs.
As a general rule (except for the University of Puerto Rico), no more than two Arizona Law students may visit simultaneously at a single foreign institution, so early application is advisable. With limited opportunities available, it is important that College of Law students apply for visits only if they are reasonably sure they intend to make the visit, and notify University of Arizona exchange administrators immediately of any change of plans.
A decision whether to exchange for either a Fall or Spring visit must be made during the prior Spring (by March 1st); however, individual host university rules vary. Applications can be downloaded here (link), and must be submitted by email to Professor Gantz.
For Admissions and questions regarding the LLM/SJD, or the JD Exchange Programs:
Director, International Trade and Business Law Program