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Professional growth is key to career advancement. The Master of Laws (LLM) in Business Law is a post-JD master’s degree program designed for attorneys hungry for greater opportunity. You’ll build your insights through interaction with faculty, legal thought leaders, jurists and business professionals.

Knowing what’s important to the business community will enhance your learning about regulatory and transactional practice and help you develop advanced skills for advising corporate clients.

Upon graduation with an LLM in Business Law, you will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values:

You will be able to describe the various laws and regulations that impact the highly regulated business world across a variety of industries.

You will be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of all types of business organizations;
Analyze ways in which governmental, institutional and professional policies directly and indirectly influence various business sectors and can give rise to ethical or compliance violations;
Demonstrate understanding of the valuing, capitalization, and organization of a corporation;
Draft articles of incorporation and bylaws;
Demonstrate the ability to draft agreements for clients across industries; and
Communicate effectively in a professional and credible manner.

You will be prepared to exercise proper professional responsibilities to your clients and/or the legal system.



Beginning each fall, you can complete the program in just one year on a full-time basis and in two years on a part-time basis. Courses are offered at NORTHAMPTON’s Water Tower Campus. Or, you may choose to take select online courses, after consulting with your advisor.



Business Planning
International Business Transactions
LLM Business Law Thesis Paper


Advanced Business Organizations, Including a Comparative Perspective
Advanced Business Transactions & Negotiation
Advanced Corporate Tax
Advanced Partnership Tax
Advising Not-for-Profit Organizations: Business Practicum
Advising Not-for-Profit Organizations in Real Estate and Business Transactional Settings
Anatomy of a Deal
Art Law
The Art of In-House Legal Counseling
Business Law Center Clinic I
Business Law Center Clinic II
Business Planning: Transactions
Business Practice Transactional Skills
Client Counseling and Negotiation Weekend Workshop
Construction Law
Contract Negotiation and Drafting
Corporate Compliance Programs
Corporate and Partnership Tax
Corporate Governance Law and Practice
Corporate Transactions in Health Law
Derivatives for Lawyers
Documenting and Negotiating Finance Transactions
Entertainment and Sports Law
Environmental Law
Financing an Aging Population
Health Care Business and Finance
Insurance Law
International Business Transactions
International Commercial Arbitration and the CISG
International Trade Law
Law and Accounting
Law and the Subprime Debacle
Mergers and Acquisitions
Mini MBA for Law Students
Secured Transactions
Securities Regulation
Strategic Counseling for International Corporate Clients
Transactional Skills Seminar
Where Business Meets Law

In addition to the required curriculum for the LLM in Business Law, you are required to travel to NORTHAMPTON’s campus at least twice during your program for Education Immersion Weekend (EIWs). Though you are encouraged to attend as many EIW sessions as you would like at any time in the program, you should plan to attend one EIW in your first or second term of the program to participate in orientation sessions. The second EIW or on-campus event can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you (for example, to attend a symposium event or to participate in commencement). EIWs offer programming to reinforce learning objectives, provide a venue for networking, and foster communication among students, alumni, and faculty.

Degree Requirements

To earn an LLM in Business Law degree, you must complete 24 credits hours, including a thesis paper.



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