Academic Programs

Transnational Law LL.M. Curriculum

Orientation Program

Students earn one credit on successful completion of an orientation program with three components: a survey of American legal process; research methodology and bibliography; and advanced writing techniques.

Transnational Courses

Students select at least 10 hours of credit from the following list of transnational courses. (Not all classes are offered every year.)

  • Admiralty Law (2 credits)
  • Chinese Law and Legal Institutions (5 credits)
  • Comparative Constitutional Law (2 credits)
  • Comparative Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • Comparative Law (3 credits)
  • Foreign Relations Law (2 credits)
  • Human Rights Law (2 credits)
  • Immigration and Refugee Law (2 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (3 credits)
  • International Environmental Law (3 credits)
  • International Law and Dispute Resolution (3 credits)
  • International Law Moot Court Competition (1 credit)
  • International Arbitration and Litigation (2 credits)
  • International Tax Law (3 credits)
  • Latin American Law and Legal Institutions (10 credits)
  • Ocean Resources (2 credits)
  • Private International Law (3 credits)
  • Selected Problems in International Law (2 credits)
  • Willamette Journal of International Law and Dispute Resolution (1 credit)

Elective Courses

Students select either the "A" track or the "B" track.

Track A

Designed primarily for foreign students. Students take up to 12 hours of credit of "domestic law" courses, including up to four hours at the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The curriculum of each LL.M. candidate is subject to faculty advice and administrative approval.

Track B

Designed for United States and foreign students. Students select four additional hours of credit from the list of transnational courses and the remaining hours of credit (normally eight) from the complete list of courses offered at Willamette.

Writing Requirement

All LL.M. candidates receive two hours of credit from a carefully supervised paper on a theme of either international/comparative law or transnational aspects of a specific topic of domestic law. In the preparation of the required paper, each LL.M. candidate works with a faculty member in the substantive field of the proposed paper. All LL.M. candidates meet together regularly in an informal seminar to discuss their topics and progress on their papers.