Sep 30, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2023-2024 
USC Catalogue 2023-2024

International Business and Economic Law (LLM)

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The Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law (LLM in IBEL) degree provides an interdisciplinary, global perspective for law students who wish to develop skills that will enable them to understand and integrate relevant laws, policies and business best practices that shape international business and economic law. The program provides students with training in cross-border transactions, as well as the organizational, transactional and compliance aspects of servicing globally engaged clients.


LLM in IBEL students are required to complete 24 units of study. Students must enroll in three mandatory courses and from among the electives below and other graduate law courses. International students must also enroll in Introduction to the U.S. Legal System.

To qualify for admission, students must have earned a first law degree (JD, LLB or equivalent) before enrolling in our LLM in in International Business and Economic Law at USC Gould School of Law.

Required Courses

Students must successfully complete the following courses to receive the degree.


Students may select among the following elective courses to complete the 24 units required for the degree. Students may also enroll in other graduate level law courses by advisement to satisfy the elective requirements.


*Students may not double count an elective with a required course, but students who enroll in LAW 637 International Trade Policy  as a required course may still enroll in LAW 579 Global Regulatory Compliance  as an elective, and vice versa.

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