Asian & Comparative Law LLM
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 Law 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.
Students are required to take at least three approved elective courses. The selection of courses varies from year to year depending on course availability. Here is a list of typical courses offered as approved electives:
- A561 Law and Economics
- A578 International Business Transactions
- B516 International Contracting
- B523 Negotiation
- B540 Japanese Law
- B541 Chinese Law
- B556 Islamic Law
- B596 International Protection of Human Rights
- E560 Contemporary Muslim Legal Systems Seminar
- E579 International and Foreign Law Research
For detailed course descriptions please see the Course Catalog. In case of scheduling difficulties, other special circumstances or if you are planning to take the bar exam, other courses may be substituted with the permission of the Program Director.
Other Law School Courses
For the remaining credits, students are free to choose their own courses. Most second and third year JD program courses are open to LLM students. Exceptions are courses taught in small groups and/or subject to capped enrollment, such as some clinical course offerings.