The LLM in International Law program offers in-depth coverage of specialized areas of international and comparative law. The program explores the interaction among the legal, cultural, sociological, and business activities of the various regions of the world.
Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law) offers a wide array of courses in public and private international law, comparative legal systems, international economic law, international investment law, international organizations, international human rights law, and dispute resolution.
The LLM in International Legal Studies program is both academic and practical. At its core, the LLM program provides students with knowledge of the fundamental principles of international law and the current rules that govern their application. The curriculum reaches beyond rules, however, to examine the effects of various cultural practices and national policies on international trade, human rights, and the environment. In addition, courses trace the development of international and regional organizations and treaties that govern multinational issues. Students are exposed to practical applications of negotiating skills and to different methods of international dispute settlement.
Every April, GGU Law hosts the Annual Fulbright Symposium on Current International Legal Issues concurrently with the Regional Meeting of the American Society of International Law.
Rolling admissions for fall and spring. Applicants can expect a decision within 2-3 weeks of submitting a completed application. Students are encouraged to apply before the Priority application deadlines:
Fall (August) Term -- April 1
Spring (January) Term -- October 1
To earn the LLM in International Legal Studies degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered both during the day as well as in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within four years of matriculation. LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.
Required & Recommended Courses
Required for foreign-educated law students:
LLM 350 - Introduction to US Legal Studies (3 units)
Required for everyone:
Directed Study (1-3 units)
Students must take courses from one or both of the two core areas listed below:
Public International Law
LLM 366 - Public International Law (3 units)
LLM 364 - International Human Rights (3 units)
Private International Law
LLM 352 - Comparative Legal Systems (3 units)
(this is a sampling)
LAW 727E - Advanced Legal Research
LAW 842B - Business Immigration Law
LLM 301A - Comparative International Tax
LAW 899M - Competition: Jessup Int'l Law Moot Court
LLM 395 - Curricular Practical Training
LLM 378 - International Organizations
LLM 364G - Gender, Children, and International Law
LAW 824A - Immigration Law
LLM 373 - International Criminal Law
LLM 366D - Transnational Courts
LLM 360 - International Business Transactions
LLM 360A - International Investment Law
LLM 322 - International Trade Regulation
LAW 815 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
LAW 842D - Immigration and Refugee Policy Seminar
LLM 383A - Intra-State Conflict and Peace Building
LLM 321N - International Taxation
LLM 347C - Value Added Tax
LLM 360B - International Commercial Arbitration
All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the admission cycle. To receive consideration by the Admissions Committee, applicants must submit their applications by the posted deadline. Applications may be accepted after the posted deadline and are reviewed on a space-available basis.
A complete LLM program application consists of the following:
Completed and signed Application Form;
Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.);
Character and Fitness Addendum (if applicable);
Letters of Recommendation;
Law School Transcripts (translated if not in English);
Interview (if applicable); and
Non-US applicants must submit additional documents, including English proficiency demonstrated with either the TOEFL, IELTS, interview with Program Director, or waived for the exceptions.
Fees and Deadlines
There is no fee to apply. It is highly recommended that applicants apply prior to the priority deadline as admission and scholarship decisions are made on a rolling basis.
April 1 is the priority application deadline for starting the program in the Fall (August), deadline extension to May 15.
October 1 is the priority application deadline for starting the program in the Spring (January).
April 1 is the priority application deadline for starting the program in the Summer (late May) -- limited to Taxation and Estate Planning programs only.