Asian & Comparative Law and Global Business Law LL.M. Curriculum
The Asian & Comparative and Global Business 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.
Asian & Comparative Law Track
Comparative Legal Studies Seminar and Graduate Writing Seminar
The central requirement of the Asian & Comparative Law specialization is an independent research project that is satisfied by completing the Law B551 Comparative Legal
Studies Seminar and the Law B557 Graduate Writing Seminar.
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.