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.
General Law Track
The General LLM Program curriculum features:A minimum of required courses including a foundational theory and method seminar; a legal studies writing seminar; and an introduction to the American legal system and research methods course (non-U.S. trained students only)
A maximum of elective courses designed to meet each student’s personal interests and career goals
An Independent major research paper in an area of law of interest to the student. A UW law faculty member who shares your area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study
An approved foundational theory and method seminar such as:
Comparative Legal Studies Seminar
Legal Problems of Economic Development Seminar
An equivalent seminar approved by the General LL.M. Program Director
Graduate Writing Seminar in Asia,
Global Business and Development Law
The central requirement of the General Law Track is an independent research project that is satisfied by completing the Law
B551 Comparative Legal Studies Seminar and the
Graduate Writing Seminar in Asia, Global Business and Development Law, or alternatively the Law B578 Seminar on Legal Problems of Economic Development (5
credits). These courses culminate 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, depending on their areas of interest, with the advice of the Program Coordinator, and construct his or her own course selection. Most second and third year J.D. program courses and some courses offered as part of other LL.M. programs are open to General Law LL.M. students.