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 544B* - Introduction to International Commercial Transactions (3 units) or LAW 644B - International Commercial Transactions (2-3 units) 
  • LAW 553A* International Trade Law and Policy (3 units) or LAW 696L International Trade Law (2-3 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 540A* - Introduction to Human Rights Law or HRTS 510* Advancing International Human Rights Law or LAW 659 - International Human Rights Law (3) 
  • LAW 549 - Introduction to International Economic Law (3)
  • LAW 551 - Introduction to Public International Law (3)
  • LAW 559* - Public International Environmental Law (3)
  • LAW 603I - International Business and Investment Structuring (2)
  • LAW 643M - Foreign Investment in Developing Nations (2)
  • LAW 644A
  • LAW 644H - International Commercial Arbitration (2)
  • LAW 666 - Regional Trade Agreements: NAFTA, Brexit and the Challenges of Further Trade Liberalization (2-3)
  • LAW 670 - Public International Law (3)
  • LAW 687 - European Union Law (2)
  • LAW 696I* - International Environmental Law (2-3)
  • LAW 697B - Globalization and the Transformation of Culture (3)

U.S. Domestic Law Courses:

  • LAW 516- Business Organization Law (3)
  • LAW 521- Administrative Law (3)
  • LAW 553* - Introduction to Immigration Law and Policy (3) LAW 620 - Immigration Law (3)
  • LAW 554* -  Environmental Law and Policy (3) or LAW 669 - Environmental Law (3)
  • LAW 555* - Intellectual Property (3) or LAW 655R - Intellectual Property Law Survey
  • LAW 618 - Anti-trust law (3)
  • LAW 621A - Administrative Law (3)
  • LAW 629 - Regulation (3)
  • LAW 633C - Secured Transactions (3)
  • LAW 633E - Mergers and Acquisitions (3)
  • LAW 635 - Insurance Law (2)
  • LAW 644A* - Accounting for lawyers (3)
  • LAW 646 - Federal Income Tax Law (3, 5)
  • LAW 647A - Corporate Taxation (3)
  • LAW 655B - Copyright Law (3)
  • LAW 655C - Patent Law (3)
  • LAW 657 - LLC, LLP and Partnership Taxation (3)
  • LAW 658 - Securities Regulation (3)
  • LAW 662A - Bankruptcy & Related Issus (3)
  • LAW 697P - Comparative Commercial Law