Candidates for the LLM degree have the opportunity to concentrate in International Business Law. Students have the ability to focus on how law and business interact in a global context. The concentration is designed for lawyers aiming to practice in the complex and constantly evolving world of business across national borders. 


The LLM concentration in International Business Law lasts 12 months.  You may start in May and graduate the following May, or start in August and graduate the following August.  To start in May, you are encouraged to apply by February 1.  To start in August, you are encouraged to apply by May 1.   


The concentration in International Business Law, which requires the completion of 33 quarter credits, features:

A Minimum of Required Courses:

  • All LLM students concentrating in International Business Law are required to take four international business law courses. Two courses selected from the “core” courses and two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses (see list of offerings below).
  • LLM students concentrating in International Business Law who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from foundational courses: Legal Research and Writing I & II as well as Introduction to the US Legal System, which provides the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law.

A Maximum of Elective Courses: LLM students concentrating in International Business Law enroll in JD upper-level courses (see list of international business law related offerings below).

Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a quarter (11 weeks) completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the LLM curriculum – no less important than your 33 credits of course work. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms engaged in advocacy work, nonprofits, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and other advocacy groups around the world. Where you do your co-op — where in the world and where within the profession — is up to you. The Associate Director, Professional Development, Meredith Joseph will work with you to define where you want to go on co-op and refine how you present your qualifications. Together, you will find the co-op opportunity that best meets your unique goals. 

Independent Research and Writing: LLM students concentrating in International Business Law identify a topic relating to international business law they are interested in exploring in the form of an independent research project and paper. A Northeastern law faculty member who shares your area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study. If students complete a Co-op in the field of International Business Law then the independent research paper requirement is waived. Although students still have the opportunity to complete both a Co-op and research paper if desired. 

Course Offerings (International Business Law)

Core Courses

  • Corporations
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade Law
  • Law and Economic Development

Relevant Courses

  • Comparative Law: Law, Markets & Democracy in East Asia
  • Corporate Tax
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Human Rights & the Global Economy
  • Immigration Law
  • International & Foreign Legal Research
  • Intellectual Property, Community Development and Sustainable Business
  • Negotiation
  • Secured Transactions
  • Transactional Drafting
  • Whistleblower

Not all courses are offered each academic year. Consult the course catalog available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for specific information about when courses are offered.