LLM in International Economic Law, Business & Policy

The Master of Laws (LLM) 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 LLM 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.

LLM 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.

The deadline to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for enrollment in fall 2018 has passed. Sign up for Knight-Hennessy Scholars email alerts to stay up to date on the availability of their online application for enrollment in fall 2019. You may continue to apply to SLS until February 1, 2018.

Learn more about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program


Degree Requirements 2016-17

Total required units for graduation Minimum 35 units/Maximum 45 units
Minimum and maximum units per quarter 9 minimum/15 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 (Winter)

Strongly encouraged (and required for the New York Bar), but you may opt out with Teaching Fellow’s permission:

  1. Adv. Legal Writing: Business Transactions or Adv. Legal Writing: American Practice: 3 units (Fall, Winter, or Spring)

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


Students must also successfully complete at least four (4) courses from the following menu[†]:

  • International Trade
  • International Investment Law
  • European Union Law
  • China Law and Business Law
  • Intellectual Property: International and Comparative Patent
  • Intellectual Property: International and Comparative Copyright
  • International Tax
  • Trans-National Litigation/Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Business Negotiation
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Corporations
  • Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Corporate Finance
  • Capital Markets and Securities Regulation
  • International Development
  • International Business and Human Rights
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • Going Global: Advising Clients in a Global Economy
  • Negotiation
  • Antitrust
  • Conflict of Laws

Some of the courses listed under this menu may have prerequisites.  Please consult the relevant course descriptions on the registrar’s website.

[†] 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.

Options Outside the Law School

Stanford Law School encourages students to broaden the educational base of their legal training and to increase their capacity to bring a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives to bear on complex issues.  Students with adequate backgrounds may choose to enroll in courses cross-listed and offered through other school and departments of the University, subject to course availability and the applicable policies and limitations set forth in the Law School Student Handbook.

Please consult course descriptions available online and schedule an appointment to speak with your teaching fellow if you are interested in enrolling in a course outside the Law School.  Stanford University courses approved for Law School credit without the need to petition are listed in (website). For courses not already on that list, you may still be able to receive Law School credit by submitting a petition to the registrar’s office, which has been reviewed and signed by your teaching fellow.

Cross-registration deadlines can be tight.  We suggest that you contact your teaching fellow and begin the process before the start of the term during which your course of interest will be offered.

Note to Students who wish to sit for the NY or CA bar exam.

Check with your teaching fellow before the year begins on current curricular requirements in each state and options for satisfying them.