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LLM in Comparative Legal Studies

Regardless of where you may work as a lawyer, you will find that legal matters increasingly involve persons, events, entities and rules from more than one jurisdiction. In this complex environment, it is no longer enough for a lawyer to just be an expert in his or her own law. A successful transnational lawyer must also have good language and intercultural skills, plus a solid knowledge of at least one other major legal system.  

The LLM in Comparative Legal Studies at Pace Law School is designed to provide non-US lawyers with the principles of US law and the US legal system, in addition to the opportunity for in-depth knowledge in one or more fields of specialization. Some of the subject areas available to students in this program include public international law, private international law, dispute resolution, international business or international human rights. Students may also choose the Specialization in International Business Law.

The LLM in Comparative Legal Studies may be taken as a one-year, full-time program or as a two-year, part-time program. It is intended for students whose first law degree was earned outside the United States. To earn the LLM degree, candidates must complete 24 academic credits while maintaining a grade-point average of at least 2.33 on a 4.00 point scale.

The student body in the LLM in Comparative Legal Studies comes from all over the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Most graduates return to their home countries and resume their legal careers after obtaining the LLM degree. Others remain in the United States for a period of practical training before returning home, while a few begin preparing for a US bar examination.


Specialization in International Business Law

In this specialization, students begin with required courses in Introduction to the American Legal System and Introduction to US Legal Research. They must also complete courses in Contract Law, Law and Finance, and International Business Transactions, and at least one extensive research paper under faculty supervision. Their remaining courses are chosen from a list of international business subjects, including

  • Business Planning
  • Commercial Law: Sales
  • International Law Seminar: Convention on the International Sale of Goods
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • White Collar and Corporate Crime