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Business and Corporate Law, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) , CA,
The LLM in Business and Corporate Law is a professional development degree that was designed specifically for attorneys who need to expand an existing practice to include complex business transactions, as well as those who seek to change their practice from a law firm to an in-house position as corporate counsel.


Our program was highlighted in an article published by LLM Guide: Inside LL.M.s in Corporate Law.

  • Available courses highlight practical as well as theoretical knowledge, and focus on a wide range of subjects that impact business transactions in the U.S. and around the world
  • Common subjects include taxation, labor and employment, corporate finance, intellectual property and international transactions
  • Creating an individualized combination of approved electives and other courses allows candidates to design a program that best suits their professional interests

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contract Drafting
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Counsel Externship
  • Corporate Tax
  • Corporate Technology Externship
  • Corporations
  • Finance & Accounting for Lawyers
  • International Asia-Pacific Commercial Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions 
  • International Contracts
  • International Taxation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Negotiation
  • Securities Regulation
  • UCC: Sales

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Candidates may complete the degree requirements in as little as 1 year, or may take up to 4 years
  • Credits
    9 alternative credits
    Full-time (9 or more credits) and part-time (8 or fewer credits) options are available
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Applicants to the program or an alternate LLM program must have the equivalent of a U.S. law degree from an accredited institution outside the United States. 
  • Candidates must have also graduated in the upper half of their law school class or otherwise establish qualifications indicating their ability to complete graduate law work successfully. Applicants to the LLM in Comparative Law program may begin their studies in either the fall or spring semester. 
  • Applicants who do not meet the minimum score requirements should consider additional English study, specifically in the area of legal English skills. One such program to consider is the Intensive Legal English program offered by UCSD-Extension in San Diego.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1820 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1820 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    1820 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • The University of San Diego School of Law awards Merit Scholarships to admitted LLM students based on the merits of the applicant’s scholastic and professional experience, as demonstrated by the contents of the applicant’s admission file
  • Merit Scholarship awards are available to full-time U.S. and international applicants
  • Full-time applicants accepted to an LLM program at the School of Law are automatically considered for this partial tuition scholarship award at the time of admission
  • The awards are not renewable, and upon enrollment are applied against the applicant’s tuition costs
  • No additional application is necessary to be considered for this scholarship

For more information please visit the programme website.

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