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The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice (TLP) is designed to train foreign attorneys in the rapidly expanding cross-border practice of law, to educate global attorneys within the New York City legal community ― the center of global legal practice ― and to enhance non-native English speaking attorneys’ skills in practicing law in English, the lingua franca of the global legal profession.
St. John’s University School of Law and Lyon Catholic University Law School offer a dual LL.M. International Trade & Investment Law/LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program starting in September. The program, entirely taught in English, is designed specifically for students interested in working in international trade, customs, and investment positions. Topics include regional trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP), EU trade law, trade and development, TRIPs agreement, trade preferences, international banking regulation, and bilateral investment treaties.
The students will spend the Fall semester in Lyon (France) from September to December, and the Spring semester in New York City (U.S.A.) from January to May. This gives the unique chance to be immersed in two distinct linguistic, cultural and legal contexts.
All students enrolled in this track receive a dual diploma (an LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law by Lyon Catholic University and an LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice by St. John’s).
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Every student entering the Transnational Legal Practice LLM Program comes from a different background, has a different area of academic interest, and has a different plan for post-graduate opportunities. With that in mind, TLP offers four Pathways, allowing students within the same program to focus on different areas of transnational practice.
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in private practice with a focus on corporate law. Topics in this Pathway include project development, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, global corporate compliance, cross-border employment law, international competition (antitrust) law, and cross-border IP licensing.
International Trade & Investment
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in international trade, customs, and investment positions. Topics in this Pathway include regional trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, TPP), EU trade law, trade and development, TRIPs agreement, trade preferences, international banking regulation, and bilateral investment treaties.
Public International Legal Practice
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working at the United Nations, an international organization, a non-governmental organization, or a government agency focused on international law. Topics in this Pathway include public international law theory, treaties, international courts and tribunals, the law of international organizations, statehood and recognition.
Transnational Dispute Resolution
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in litigation, investor-state arbitration or international commercial arbitration, and international mediation. Topics in this Pathway include mediation of armed conflict, peace processes, investment-state arbitration, dispute settlement in international organizations, and the settlement of territorial disputes.
Admission to the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice LL.M. program at St. John’s School of Law is selective and based upon excellence in prior legal studies. Evidence of academic scholarship as well as professional achievements will be considered. The LL.M. Program is designed to have a limited enrollment in order to enrich the quality of the experience for each LL.M. candidate.
Any American or foreign law school graduate holding a first degree in law (J.D., LL.B. or equivalent) from an ABA-accredited law school or a foreign law school recognized in the country where founded and located.
English Proficiency Tests
Because of the nature of the LL.M. Program in Transnatioanl Legal Practice, it is essential that all students have a high level of comprehension and oral and written expression in the English language. Foreign graduates (other than students from Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) are required to have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Test prior to applying.
Learn more about these requirements on the Office of Graduate Studies site.
English for American Law SchoolEnglish for American Law School is an intensive four-week summer course designed for students entering St. John’s LL.M. programs who are not native English speakers. The course’s aim is to familiarize these students with the U.S. legal system and its vocabulary, thereby enabling them to participate more effectively in their studies in the LL.M. Program.
LLM in Transnational Legal Practice Application
The LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program is designed to provide advanced practice and subject-matter instruction to recent U.S. and foreign law graduates and young practictioners seeking to expand their careers in transnational practice.
Prospective LL.M. students may apply to the program online.
Please read all instructions carefully before submitting your application:
Read the full list of application requirements on the Office of Graduate Studies site.
For additional information about program admission, please contact us.
Foundational Courses (students must select at least one of the following courses):
Electives (below is a sample of some of the most popular electives for TLP students):
If you prefer, you can design your own course of study incorporating required and elective courses suited to your professional needs or personal interests across a range of specialties, including for example intellectual property, bankruptcy, taxation, criminal law or comparative law.
The St. John’s School of Law faculty strongly supports the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program, with some of our most experienced and highly regarded tenured faculty members teaching both core and elective courses.
Margaret E. (Peggy) McGuinness
Director, LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice
Professor of Law
J.D., Stanford Law School
UC Hastings College of the Law
To learn more about the LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice program faculty, please contact us.