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Why earn a Transnational Legal Practice LL.M. at St. John's Law? The Transnational Legal Practice LL.M. degree is a great choice for internationally-trained lawyers and law students who plan to work in cross-border/transnational contexts, whether in the U.S or another country. Here's three benefits of program:
Students who wish to pursue admission the New York Bar Exam can meet the educational requirements for admission and learn the substantive information tested on the exam through the Bar Track. This is a good fit for students who want to be admitted as an attorney in New York, the most popular jurisdiction for foreign-educated attorneys.
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 five 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.
The Pathway designed specifically for students interested in working in preparing to take the New York Bar Exam. Students pursuing this pathway may finish in two semesters or enroll in an additional semester. We offer special courses designed to help students prepare for the NY Bar Exam, including Applied Legal Analysis, a course for all LL.M.s preparing for the bar exam, and its companion course, Drafting: Practice Documents for LL.M. Together, these courses review substantive knowledge and writing skills required for the bar exam.
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).
Interested students apply directly to UCLy. For more information, please visit UCLy's website.
Minimum 24 credits; many students complete 24-30 credits.
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