Sustainable International Development Law LL.M.


The Sustainable International Development (SID) LL.M. program builds upon the groundbreaking work of founder Roy Prosterman who pioneered land reform as a means to secure prosperity for the rural poor. It is the first graduate program at a U.S. law school to focus on international development law.

Students learn through an innovative, hands-on, and practical program, designed to provide them with the skills needed to face the international development challenges of the 21st century. The program offers course work focused on four key areas:

  • Rule of law and governance
  • Law as a tool of poverty alleviation
  • Global environmental protection
  • Corporate responsibility and sustainability
  • Indigenous people's rights

Lawyers who work to promote social change will need new tools to promote a sustainable future for people and the planet. Our SID LL.M. students receive practical hands-on training focusing on innovation as a way to achieve social change.

The SID LL.M. program prepares students to work within organizations that include the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations development program, private consulting firms, environmental NGOs, humanitarian and human rights organizations and active military service focused on the rule of law.

The program is also equipping a new generation of lawyers to work with social entrepreneurs as well as major corporations to develop sustainable solutions to pressing social problems.

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