LL.M. in International Trade & Investment

The LL.M. in International Trade & Investment allows LL.M. candidates to take advantage of Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s growing international law curriculum and world-class faculty. This LL.M. in International Trade & Investment can serve candidates with either a foreign or U.S. law degree.

 


 

Course Details

 

LL.M. candidates in International Trade & Investment must fulfill a writing requirement. They may take at least 2 credits of an upper level writing course resulting in a research paper. Or, they may take at least 2 credits and no more than 3 credits of independent research and writing under the direct supervision of a Thomas Jefferson faculty member (this is called a Directed Study). The 2-3 credits of research and writing must result in a written product of publishable quality in a subject relating to international trade. This writing is equivalent to an LL.M. thesis.

 

LL.M. candidates in International Trade & Investment may take courses from among the many courses offered online in the existing International Tax & Financial Services LL.M., as long as the students fulfill the requirement of at least one-semester residency on the Thomas Jefferson campus. Similarly, students may take 4 credits of courses offered in the Summer Study Abroad Nice Program and/or 4 credits offered in the China Program. The Nice and China Programs will count toward the “residency requirement” because they are both sponsored by Thomas Jefferson School of Law. LL.M. candidates also may take other distance learning courses offered in areas related to international trade.

 

LL.M. students in International Trade & Investment may take a maximum of 3 (non-class related) directed study units per semester and a maximum of 4 externship (class-related) credits per year. For visa requirement purposes, a full-time LL.M. student must be taking a minimum of 9 credits per semester, and only 3 of those credits can be non-class related.

 


 

Other Requirements

 

Foreign law graduates are required to show proof of English-language proficiency by submission of TOEFL scores.

 

These foreign law graduates taking an LL.M. in International Trade & Investment must also take the required no-credit mini-course called “Introduction to the U.S. Legal System” offered just prior to the Fall and Spring semesters.


 

Bar Eligibility

 

Foreign law graduates taking an LL.M. in International Trade & Investment may take the bar exam in certain states in the United States including New York and Washington, D.C. There are special course related requirements in order to take the California bar.

 


 

 

Program Dates

 

 

Start date

End date

Fall 2014

August 18, 2014

December 16, 2014

Spring 2015

January 12, 2015

May 15, 2015

 

 

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Fees/Tuition

 

  1. Application - $50

     

  2. Transcript Evaluation: Student must send foreign transcript to 3rd party credential evaluation company

     

    1. Law School Admission Council - $160

       

    2. World Educations Services - $160

       

  3. Seat Deposit - $400

     

  4. Tuition

     

    1. Fall 2013 - $18,000 (12 units @ $1500 per unit)

       

    2. Spring 2014 - $18,000 (estimate for 12 units @ $1500 per unit)

       

  5. Living expenses - $15,750

     

    1. Rent - $12,600 ($1,400 x 9)

       

    2. Food - $3,150 ($350 x 9)

       

  6. Medial Insurance - $1,930 (this is mandatory, unless a student can show that they have insurance that covers them while in San Diego

     

  7. Books - $1,200

     

  8. Transportation - $3,150  ($350 x 9)

     

  9. Miscellaneous - $3,600  ($400 x 9)

     

  10. Parking - $2,650