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International Commercial Law and Arbitration

The International Commercial Law and Arbitration (ICLA) LLM Concentration is designed for students who want to develop expertise in both business law and international commercial arbitration.

Concentration Curriculum

Required Courses:

General Education (4 - 8 units)

  • Negotiation Theory and Practice
  • Mediation Theory and Practice
  • Introduction to US Law (Required only for international attorneys)
  • Legal Research and Writing I (Required only for international attorneys)

International Commercial Arbitration (10 units)


  • International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine
  • International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice
  • Capstone Mock Arbitration

Two of the Following Three Courses:

  • International Commercial Arbitration and the National Courts
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Ethical Considerations in International Arbitration

Commercial Law (8 units picked from the following courses)

  • Contracts
  • Corporations
  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Administrative Law
  • Admiralty and Law of the Sea
  • Antitrust
  • Business Planning
  • Business Reorganization in Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Law- Sales
  • Commercial Law- Secured Transactions and Commercial Paper
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Creditor's Rights and Bankruptcy
  • Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities
  • Intellectual Property Survey
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Litigation
  • International Tax
  • International Trade
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Electives (Possible 2 units) - if waiving Legal Research and Writing

Elective Courses include:

  • Advanced Mediation Seminar
  • Advanced Trial Practice
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Arbitration Law
  • Arbitration Practice and Advocacy
  • Criminal Justice Dispute Resolution Practicum
  • Cross Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: London/Geneva
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: Hong Kong/Beijing
  • Dispute Resolution in Education
  • Dispute Resolution and Religion
  • Divorce and Family Mediation
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking
  • International Litigation
  • Interviewing, Counseling and Planning
  • Lawyering Process
  • Psychology of Conflict Communication
  • Restorative Justice
  • Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution:
    • Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
    • Dispute Resolution Systems Design
    • Dispute Resolution and Technology
    • Employment Disputes
    • Entertainment Industry Disputes
    • Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
    • Healthcare Dispute Resolution
    • Intellectual Property
    • Labor Disputes
    • Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
    • Mass Torts
    • Ombuds
  • Trial Practice
  • Trial Preparation and Settlement or a Substantive Law Class with Institute Approval

Highlighted Courses are Highly Recommended for the ICLA Concentration.


Additional LLM Concentrations Available:

Students electing to complete the International Commercial Law and Arbitration LLM Concentration will not qualify to sit for the U.S. Bar Exam unless they enroll in units beyond the 28 required for the degree.