Asia, Global Business and Development LL.M. Curriculum
The Asia, Global Business & Development LL.M. program requires three quarters (nine months) of residence at the University of Washington, during which the student must complete a minimum of
40 quarter credits.
Global Business Law Track
Comparative Legal Studies Seminar and Graduate Writing Seminar in Asia,
Global Business and Development Law
The central requirement of the Global Business Law specialization is an independent
research project that is satisfied by completing the
B551 Comparative Legal Studies Seminar and the
Graduate Writing Seminar in Asia, Global Business and Development Law. The
courses provide an introduction to comparative legal scholarship and comparative
methods for research in Asian, European and American law. The courses emphasize
the development of analytical skills and comparative critical thinking and
prepare students for the advanced independent research aspect of their program.
Through class instruction and working closely with a faculty advisor students
select research topics, submit periodic writing assignments and make formal
presentations, culminating in the submission of a major research paper.
American Legal System and Method
International students are also required to complete the
B550A American Legal System and Method course. It provides a systematic and structured
examination of the U.S. legal system and is designed to introduce students to
the methods and materials for legal analysis, research and writing on U.S. law.
APPROVED ELECTIVE courses
Students are required to take at least three approved elective courses. The
selection of courses in this category varies from year to year depending on
course availability. Here is a list of typical courses offered as approved
For detailed course descriptions please see the
Course Catalog. In
case of scheduling difficulties or other special circumstances, other courses
may be substituted with the permission of the Program Coordinator.
OTHER LAW SCHOOL COURSES
For the remaining credits, students are free to choose their own courses. Most
second and third year J.D. program courses are open to LL.M. students.
Exceptions are those courses taught in small groups and/or those subject to
capped enrolment, such as some clinical course offerings.