LL.M. in International Economic Law, Business & Policy

The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economic Law, Business & Policy offers rigorous academic and professional training in subjects relating to international economic law, business, and related policy issues. This specialized program seeks to provide foreign international business lawyers, government policymakers and academics, with a broad base of expertise in such areas as international trade, international dispute resolution, international business transactions, international investment law, international environmental law, international intellectual property law, and other aspects of international business.

The LL.M. in International Economic Law, Business & Policy is limited to students with a primary law degree earned outside the United States. Except under unusual circumstances, candidates must have at least two years of professional legal experience before commencing the program.

Prospective applicants to the Stanford Law School LL.M. program with a primary interest in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance or securities should apply to the Stanford Law School’s program in Corporate Governance and Practice (CGP) instead of the International Economic Law, Business & Policy program.

LL.M. students are required to be in residence at Stanford during the full (nine-month) academic year.  They are required to take a minimum of 35 credit units and a maximum of 45 credit units.


Note to applicants: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program awards full funding to Stanford graduate students from all disciplines, with additional opportunities for leadership training and collaboration across fields.

Applications for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars are due in early Autumn one year prior to enrollment. View dates and deadlines. You can also sign up for Knight-Hennessy Scholars email alerts to stay up to date on the availability of their online application.

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Degree Requirements 2022–2023

Total required units for graduation Minimum 35 units/Maximum 45 units
Minimum and maximum units per quarter 9 minimum/14 maximum per quarter (typically 3 -4 courses per quarter)
The Core Curriculum

IELBP LL.M. students must successfully complete all three (3) of the following course requirements:

  1. Introduction to American Law: 3 units (pre-Fall quarter)
  2. Professional Responsibility: 3 units (pre-Fall quarter)
  3. IELBP Colloquium: 4 units, consisting of: 2 units (Autumn) PLUS 2 units (Spring)

*The six units for Introduction to American Law and Professional Responsibility count towards your total unit minimum/maximum, but are not counted as part of the Fall Quarter unit distribution.

Strongly encouraged but optional (and mandatory for those taking the New York Bar, however consultation with Associate Dean of Student Affairs John Dalton is required to confirm course selection for Bar Exam requirements).

  • Adv. Legal Writing: 3 units (Autumn, Winter, or Spring)

Pre-Fall Quarter units count toward the graduation requirement, but do not count against the Fall quarter ceiling on units.

Core Electives

Candidates for the LLM in International Economic Law, Business and Policy must successfully complete at least four (4) of the following courses totaling a minimum of 9 units:

  • Antitrust
  • Arbitration: Law, Practice & Politics
  • Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies: Law, Economics, Business, and Policy
  • Blockchain Governance
  • Business, Social Responsibility, Human Rights
  • Climate: Politics, Finance and Infrastructure
  • European Union Law
  • Global Litigation
  • Immigration Law
  • IP: International & Comparative Copyright
  • International Business Negotiation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Investment Law
  • International Law
  • Tax: International
  • International Trade
  • Mediation Bootcamp
  • Negotiation
  • Redesigning Dispute Systems

Some of the courses listed above in the Core Distribution Requirements menu may have prerequisites or are subject to limited enrollment, requiring you to lottery for the class or otherwise obtain the instructor's consent.

This list may be revised from time to time to reflect changes to the Law School’s course offerings for the current academic year.  Students should consult the registrar’s website for the most up-to-date information on course offerings and availability.

All IELBP LL.M. students will have opportunities to take additional courses of interest offered by SLS.

Options Outside the Law School

You are welcome to take non-law classes, e.g., those offered by the Graduate School of Business (GSB) and other schools and departments (Economics, Political Science, etc.). You may count a maximum of 9 quarter units of non-law classes towards your LL.M. degree. Note the SLS Student Handbook rules regarding "Cross Registration in Other Schools and Departments of the University."

For those taking a Bar Exam (e.g. New York), you must confirm with the Associate Dean the maximum number of non-law classes allowed by the bar examiners.

SLS has put together an online curriculum guide, which lists non-law classes for students interested in particular areas of practice. For instance, on the International Trade page, you will find courses relevant to the subject in International Relations and Political Science. To take non-law classes for law credit, you must have approval from the Registrar’s Office. If a non-law course is listed, it has been pre-approved for law credit. If the course you are interested in is not listed, you must submit a petition to the Petitions Committee (via the Registrar’s Office) to take the course. You can find physical copies of this petition in the Registrar’s Office and digital copies on the Registrar's website.

You can find descriptions and schedules for all Stanford classes at http://explorecourses.stanford.edu and you may browse syllabi for many of those courses at http://syllabus.stanford.edu. Please refer to individual course descriptions for more information on prerequisites, suggested background prior to enrolling, and enrollment restrictions. Please note that individual departments and schools set their own requirements for cross-registration, but your Teaching Fellow can advise you on how to pursue these offerings.



Note these requirements are subject to revision. Confirmed guidance respecting course selection is distributed to students at the start of the academic year.

Teaching Fellows