LL.M. in Asian & Comparative Law and Global Business Law
Legal practice and legal policy today are interdisciplinary and global. Lawyers need a sophisticated understanding of legal and regulatory systems beyond their own in order to advise and lead in a complex world of global challenges. We educate lawyers for this changing world.
The LL.M. programs in Asian and Comparative Law, Global Business Law, and General Comparative Law provides advanced specialist courses for lawyers and policy makers who are pursuing careers in Asian, Islamic, international commercial or development law. The programs focuses on global and cross-jurisdictional issues in international governance, institution-building, regulation, commercial transactions, and sustainability.
University of Washington Law School classes are uniquely designed to team J.D. and LL.M. and Ph.D. students and Visiting Scholars in the same classroom and often in teams working on practical problems. The unique mix of U.S. and international LL.M. students in one program also provides a valuable reciprocal learning experience.
We expect many of our students to sit for the New York or California Bar as part of their preparation for the next stage of their careers. We team with a commercial provider of Bar preparation courses, so that students may attend bar preparation classes on the UW campus.
This LL.M. program offers several tracks in which students can customize their course of study and career path. Choose from one of the following tracks:
Outside of the classroom, we also offer many opportunities to our students throughout the school year for friendship building, networking, strengthening job skills, and public speaking.
Sustainable International Development Law
This track is for lawyers who wish to be recognized as truly expert in the legal
systems and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia or Central Asia. It is a
challenging program that builds professional competence in the substantive laws of one or more
Asian jurisdictions. Students complete a sequence of Asian and comparative law courses and legal
research projects. [View curriculum.] After graduation they pursue legal careers in Asia, Europe or in the United States,
focusing on Asia-related transnational work. Many graduates pursue policy-related careers or
become legal academics.
Students in this track focus on U.S. business law and practice-oriented courses that simulate global
transactions. The law school provides a large selection of business law courses, including international contracting,
international trade, and comparative corporate governance. [View
curriculum.] Graduates from this track pursue legal careers as global
business lawyers, entrepreneurs or government lawyers responsible for
economic policy and regulation.
The general law track is a customizable course of study for domestic and international students whose interest areas do not entirely fit into one of the specialized tracks. It provides students with the flexibility to take the courses they want in pursuit of their professional interests and personal aspirations. Some of our students have significant professional experience and are seeking to enhance or change practice sectors. Other students are seeking additional credentials to launch their career or to qualify for a bar examination in one of the United States jurisdictions (Washington or New York, for example) that admit lawyers trained outside the US.
The School of Law has been a leader in advanced legal education for U.S. and international lawyers with its teaching, research, and public policy work. LLM students in the General Program take classes with JD and LLM students in other programs, and select from our extensive course offerings based on their personal interests and career goals, including the desire to qualify for a US bar exam. Students may pursue cross-cutting and interdisciplinary studies or focus their studies in a particular substantive area, such as labor and employment law, dispute resolution, Native American law, criminal justice system, constitutional and administrative law, or the American legal system in general.
After fulfilling common core requirements, students will work with the General LL.M. Program Director to create a custom focus on their area of interest from available elective courses at the Law School and UW.