International Trade & Business Law Concentration

Master of Legal Studies

Learn about the Online MLS with a concentration in International Trade & Business Law.

The MLS with a concentration in International Trade & Business Law is designed to provide students 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. Whether you work for or own a small or large business, this program will help you understand the complexities of international trade law, international commercial law and international investment.

* Indicates courses offered in person and/or online

Required Core Courses (21 UNITS)

  • LAW 501* - Procedure (3 units)
  • LAW 502A* - American Common Law System I (3 units)
  • LAW 502B* - American Common Law System II (3 units)
  • LAW 504* - American Public Law System (3 units)
  • LAW 507* - Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (3 units)
  • LAW 644B - International Commercial Transactions (2-3 units)  or LAW 544B* Introduction to International Commercial Transactions (3 units)
  • LAW 696L International Trade Law (2-3 units) or LAW 553A* International Trade Law and Policy (3 units)

Elective Course Requirements (9 UNITS)

Although not all courses are offered every semester, a list of possible electives can be found on the course schedules pages.

International Law Courses:

  • LAW 659 - International Human Rights Law (3) or LAW 540A* Introduction to Human Rights Law or HRTS 510* Advancing International Human Rights Law
  • LAW 696I* - International Environmental Law (2-3)
  • LAW 687 - European Union Law (2)
  • LAW 603I - International Business and Investment Structuring (2)
  • LAW 666 Regional Trade Agreements: NAFTA, Brexit and the Challenges of Further Trade Liberalization (2-3)
  • LAW 644H - International Commercial Arbitration (2)
  • LAW 643M - Foreign Investment in Developing Nations (2)
  • LAW 697B - Globalization and the Transformation of Culture (3)
  • LAW 670 - Public International Law (3)

U.S. Domestic Law Courses:

  • LAW 655R - Intellectual Property Law Survey or LAW 555* Intellectual Property (3)
  • LAW 669 - Environmental Law (3) or LAW 554* Environmental Law and Policy (3)
  • LAW 633E - Mergers and Acquisitions (3)
  • LAW 621A - Administrative Law (3)
  • LAW 629 - Regulation (3)
  • LAW 646 - Federal Income Tax Law (3, 5)
  • LAW 633C - Secured Transactions (3)
  • LAW 662A - Bankruptcy & Related Issus (3)
  • LAW 635 - Insurance Law (2)
  • LAW 618 - Anti-trust law (3)
  • LAW 658 - Securities Regulation (3)
  • LAW 655C - Patent Law (3)
  • LAW 655B - Copyright Law (3)
  • LAW 644A - Accounting for lawyers (2)
  • LAW 620 - Immigration Law (3) or LAW 553 Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy (3)
  • LAW 647A - Corporate Taxation (3)
  • LAW 657 - LLC, LLP and Partnership Taxation (3)
  • LAW 697P - Comparative Commercial Law