International Trade & Business Law LLM

Program Details

The International Trade & Business Law LLM is a one-year full time program during which you will complete a total of 24 credits.
All ITBL LLM candidates must successfully complete the following courses:

  • International Trade Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Thesis or Substantial Paper
  • At least one of the following:
    • International Investment Law
    • International Business Transactions

You may select electives from our wide range of upper-level courses in the areas of international law, international economic law and policy, business law, and economic development. View the Course Schedules here. 

All students who have not earned a previous law degree in the U.S. are required to complete the Introduction to the U.S. Legal System course. Please note that this course does not count towards the 24 credit hours. Students are also required to complete Legal Research, Writing and Analysis, which does count towards the 24 credit hours. Students who have completed a previous U.S. law degree may request a waiver for this course, depending upon their previous course work. 

Admissions Overview

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Given the small size of the program and its unique attributes, admission is highly competitive and early applications are strongly encouraged.
All ITBL LLM candidates must have earned a first law degree, whether a JD, LLB, BA in Law or other first law degree, from either an ABA-approved law school in the United States, or a foreign law school approved by the government or other accrediting authority in the nation in which it is located, as applicable.

If English is not your first language, you must meet the English language proficiency requirements.
The admissions committee evaluates many factors, including, but not limited to, the nature of the applicant’s educational experiences, grade trends, graduate study, extracurricular activities, unique educational or occupational experiences, substantial community service, socioeconomic background, and personal challenges.
Given the specialized nature of the ITBL LLM program, the admissions committee also considers, evidence of interest and ability in the field of international trade and commercial law, including publications or relevant work experience; evidence of a commitment after graduation to teaching at the law school level, government service or international law practice; and fluency in a foreign language.
The admissions committee reserves the right to request additional information, such as a personal interview or independent confirmation of prior degrees, depending on individual considerations.

Applicants can be admitted conditionally, subject to specified conditions such as completion of the Graduate University Track Pathway at the Center for English as a Second Language, or a new TOEFL or IELTS score prior to the start of the fall semester.
The University of Arizona is an EEO/AA employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, or sexual orientation in its admissions, employment, and educational programs or activities. The law school community welcomes law graduates from other nations and legal systems.


Updated: 08/20/2019

Key Contact

Amanda Wolfe
Director of Global Programs