A part-time program completed over two to five summers, the Summer International Commercial Law LL.M. program is designed to provide specialized knowledge in international business and trade with an emphasis on the U.S. legal system in a comparative context. The program and schedule enable legal practitioners who wish to expand their breadth and depth of knowledge to obtain a master's degree by attending six weeks of courses for two to five consecutive summers at the School of Law at University of California, Davis, and other locations abroad. This degree program is for international and domestic lawyers.
Classes of varying lengths are held throughout each summer from June to August.
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University of California, Davis, School of Law, and off-site locations in the U.S. and abroad depending on the course.
Tuition and Fees:
- Application fee: $80 U.S. Applicants / $100 International Applicants
- Academic tuition and fees: approximately $29,800 for three consecutive summers of study.*
* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Program of Study
Candidates begin the program by examining the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system with special emphasis on business and trade law. They complete the Orientation in U.S.A. Law program, two of the specialized programs in international commercial law and the American Legal System Research Seminar. In addition, participants take intensive elective courses with an international perspective designed specifically for the master's degree program. Students also complete a capstone writing project. Topics for courses include:
|Core Courses (20 Units minimum)||Units
|Orientation in U.S.A. Law||7||YES||YES||YES|
|Capstone Writing Project||4||YES||YES||YES|
|American Legal System Research Seminar||1||YES||YES||YES|
|Global Trading System: Substance and Dispute Resolution||4||no||no||YES|
|Financing International Transactions||4||YES||no||no|
|Structuring an International Joint Venture||4||no||YES||no|
|Elective Courses (20 Units minimum)||Units||2014||2015||2016|
|International Commercial Law Seminar in Cologne||4||YES||YES
|Private International Law||2||YES||no||YES|
|International Business Transactions||2||no||no||YES|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||2||YES||no||no|
NOTE: This calendar is subject to change, and other electives may be offered.
Participants are required to complete 40 quarter units.
Requirements for the International Commercial Law LL.M. Program
International applicants must present satisfactory evidence of the completion of legal academic training at an accredited educational institution. Domestic applicants must have completed at least seven years of resident study at accredited colleges and law schools and must hold a professional degree from a law school approved by the American Bar Association.
All applicants whose primary language is not English are required to fulfill the English Language Requirement. There are three ways to meet the requirement:
- Submit an Official TOEFL Score Report with a minimum iBT score of 80 (or 213 computer-based or 550 paper-based). Our institution code for the TOEFL is 4778. An IELTS score is also acceptible.
- Take the exam at the end of the initial Orientation in USA Law program and earn a "B" or better.
- Attain the highest level in the 10-week Intensive English Program (offered March through June every year) at UC Davis Extension prior to beginning the course work.
ICL Commitment to a diverse student body
The International Commercial Law LL.M. attracts international practitioners and legal professionals from all over the world who share a common interest in providing the highest quality legal services possible for their clients who are engaged in international commercial activities, negotiations and agreements. By nature, international commercial activities involve participants from diverse legal systems and cultural backgrounds. The ICL LL.M. program has drawn international legal professionals from around the world since 1998. The result is an international network that utilizes the cultural diversity of its participants to address international commercial law legal issues. The ICL LL.M. program values and supports a diverse population of participants because it is central to the underlying purpose of the ICL LL.M. program.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
You may begin to apply online in October for the upcoming summer. The Admissions Committee will review applications as soon as they arrive. May 31st is the final date for receipt of complete online applications. To apply after May 31st and before the program begins, please contact the LL.M. Admissions Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The components of the application are:
- Completed online application forms.
- One official set of academic records issued in the original language and accompanied by a certified English translation, which must be sent by mail. Academic records should show graded coursework, dates of enrollment and award of degrees, plus a certified copy of the actual degree or state examination for all university and law school study.
- Two letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application system. It is preferred that these letters come from the applicant's current or former employers, bar colleagues, or law professors.
- English Language Requirement form , which must be sent by email to LL.M. Admissions Officer at email@example.com. If submitting a TOEFL score, please request the ETS to send the Official Score Report to Institution Code 4778.
- Statement of Purpose: Indicate your reasons for seeking an advanced law degree from the UC Davis School of Law. This statement should include a description of how you intend to use your graduate training, your research or specialization interests, and a listing of any special qualifications or experiences you have which might make a distinctive contribution to the law school’s intellectual and professional community. If your decision to pursue graduate study at the School of Law is based on a desire to work with particular members of the faculty or to take particular courses, please indicate the names of the faculty or the courses in your statement.
- Personal summary: Please provide a brief account of your personal history with emphasis on the development of your interest in law. Include any academic distinctions or honors you have received, as well as publications or other matters indicative of your abilities. List relevant employment and/or other professional activities since your graduation from law school.
- CV or Resume.
- Non-refundable application fee of $80 for domestic applicants, or $100 for international applicants.
Checklist for Submitting the Online Application:
You may begin to apply online in October.
- The online application is available at: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=ucdgrad . You will need to create a new user account. Select the application for International Commercial Law
- You may pay the application fee with Visa or MasterCard through the secure online system. You may also pay via e-check. If you are not able to pay online, please send a bank draft directly to the ICL LL.M. Admissions Officer. The fee must be paid before the application will be considered complete.
- Please upload your CV or resume via the online application web site. There will be a space for you to also submit the statement of purpose and personal summary.
- Two Letters of Recommendation must be submitted electronically through the online application system. Please do not send hard copies. You will be asked to provide the email address for each referee. Referees will then receive instructions to submit the recommendations online.
- All transcripts, translations, TOEFL scores, and any other materials not submitted online should be sent DIRECTLY to the ICL LL.M. Admissions Officer at: School of Law, UC Davis Extension Building, 1333 Research Park Drive, Davis CA 95618-4852, USA.
- If your transcript shows a name different from that on your application, indicate BOTH names clearly on the application.
- Meeting the English Language Requirement: After you have submitted your application online, please download and complete the "English Language Requirement" form and return it to the ICL LL.M. Admissions Officer by fax at +1 (530) 757-8596 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please don't forget to notify us if your name, address, or email address changes.
How to apply