Academic Programs

Transnational Law LL.M.

Today's professional workplace is truly worldwide. Witness the vitality of transnational business, the growing role of international organizations, the complexities inherent in internationally shared resources, and the urgency of international cooperation against terrorism, drug trafficking and other threats. Our interdependence in today's world highlights the vital significance of transnational law. Preparing lawyers who will meet the challenge of an increasingly globalized legal profession has therefore become a hallmark of legal education at Willamette University College of Law.

Willamette's College of Law offers an LL.M. in Transnational Law, an advanced law degree available to those who have completed the J.D. at an ABA-accredited American law school or its equivalent from a foreign law school.

Willamette's LL.M. in Transnational Law combines the strengths of the school's comprehensive curriculum in domestic law with its well-established international programs and transnational courses, which are taught by internationally recognized scholars and teachers. Students enrolled in the program, including established lawyers, have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and expertise in some of the most fascinating, important and fast-changing areas of transnational law. International lawyers also will have the opportunity to prepare themselves to take an American state bar exam where available.

The LL.M. program provides students with the fundamentals of international law and dispute resolution, international business transactions, comparative law, private international law, and, for foreign lawyers, United States law. Specialty subjects range from the law of ocean resources to international taxation. The program offers students an unusual opportunity to apply comparative and international legal insights to domestic law topics. Foreign students, in particular, have an opportunity to study and apply subjects from Willamette's rich array of domestic law courses. Study abroad programs in ChinaEcuador and Germany offer invaluable experience abroad. The LL.M. program is further enhanced by providing students access to courses such as international management, foreign investment and the international economics of Northwest trade in the Atkinson Graduate School of Management.

The one-year LL.M. in Transnational Law requires 25 hours of credit for completion:

  • Orientation Program: one credit
  • Transnational Courses: 10 credits
  • Elective Courses: 12 credits
  • Writing Requirement: two credits

Application Process and Requirements