Degree Programs: Master of Laws in International Legal Studies

The LLM in International Law program offers in-depth coverage of specialized areas of international and comparative law. The program explores the interaction among the legal, cultural, sociological, and business activities of the various regions of the world.

Program Highlights

Golden Gate offers a wide array of courses in public and private international law, comparative legal systems, international economic law, international investment law, international organizations, international human rights law, and dispute resolution.

The LLM in International Law program is both academic and practical. At its core, the LLM program provides students with knowledge of the fundamental principles of international law and the current rules that govern their application. The curriculum reaches beyond rules, however, to examine the effects of various cultural practices and national policies on international trade, human rights, and the environment. In addition, courses trace the development of international and regional organizations and treaties that govern multinational issues. Students are exposed to practical applications of negotiating skills and to different methods of international dispute settlement.

Every April, Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law hosts the Annual Fulbright Symposium on Current International Legal Issues concurrently with the Regional Meeting of the American Society of International Law.


To earn the LLM in International Legal Studies degree, students must complete 24 units. Classes are offered during the day as well as during the evening to accommodate working professionals. Students may attend full-time and complete the program in as few as two semesters. Alternatively, students may attend part-time. All students must finish the degree requirements within four years of matriculation.LLM students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale each semester.

Required Courses (6 units)

Students must take courses from two of the five core areas listed below. In addition a student is required to take at least one seminar that entails the satisfactory completion of a substantial paper.

  • International Law
    • International law (3 units)
    • International Organizations (3 units)
    • Law of International Armed Conflicts ( 3 units)
  • Private International Law/Conflict of Laws
    • Transnational Litigation (3 units)
  • Comparative Legal Systems
    • Comparative Legal Systems (3 units)
    • European Union Law (3 units)
  • International Economic Law
    • International Business Transactions (3 units)
    • International Investment Law (3 units)
    • International Trade Regulation ( 3 units)
  • International Dispute Resolution
    • International Dispute Resolution (3 units)
    • Pacific Settlements of Disputes Between States (3 units)
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution (3 units)
    • International Commercial Arbitration (3 units)

Elective Courses: (18 units)

  • Advanced Legal Research: eSearch
  • Air, Space, and Telecommunications Law
  • ASEAN Broadcasting, Satellite, and Media Law
  • Asian/Pacific Trade and Social Justice Seminar
  • Business Immigration Law
  • Comparative Antitrust Law
  • Comparative Corporate and Securities Law
  • Comparative Corporate Governance
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • Comparative Equality (Civil Rights) Law
  • Comparative Remedies Law
  • Contemporary Issues in International Law
  • Curricular Practical Training
  • Directed Study
  • European Union Law
  • Graduate Legal Writing and Research
  • Immigration and Refugee Policy Clinic
  • Immigration and Refugee Policy Seminar
  • Immigration Law
  • International Contracts
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Environmental Law Seminar
  • International Human Rights Seminar
  • International Human Rights and Environment
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Legal Theory
  • International Patent Law
  • International Security and Globalization
  • International Taxation
  • International Trade and Environmental Protection
  • Introduction to French and European Union Law
  • Introduction to the US Legal System
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law of Japan
  • Law of the Sea Seminar
  • Law/Politics/Economics/Development
  • Multinational Estate Planning
  • Regional Organizations
  • Thesis
  • Third and Fourth Generation Human Rights
  • Western Hemisphere Trade Seminar

Writing Requirement

To complete the LLM program, each student is required to take at least one seminar that entails the satisfactory completion of a substantial paper.

LLM students may choose to earn up to 6 elective units for the successful completion of a thesis prepared under faculty supervision.