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The Master of Laws (LLM) degree program at California Southern University is designed to provide law graduates opportunities to study advanced topics in specialized areas of law. Courses are offered in fields including dispute resolution, commerce, and global trade. The LLM degree program is an intellectually stimulating and challenging program that combines academic study, writing, and practical skills training within a range of specialized law courses.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 24
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 1½ years (full-time status)

What you’ll learn

Employ communication skills by using scholarly legal writing and/or oral advocacy skills to assess the relevance of arguments or solve issues and clearly articulate the information in a neutral or persuasive manner.

Evaluate evidence, examine complex fact patterns and distinguish relevant nuances, assess arguments and issues, analyze facts in light of applicable law, and appraise whether conclusions or consequences are supported by the information provided.

Demonstrate mastery of the highest principles of ethical conduct and professional responsibility applicable to clients, opposing counsel, and diverse stakeholders in multicultural, mediated, interpersonal, organizational, private, public, domestic, or international settings.

Utilize advanced legal research methods and legal reasoning to explore the limitations and strengths of arguments within legal and social contexts.

Apply substantive knowledge and skills for negotiation and mediation of disputes so as to be helpful and efficient in managing resources and avoiding arduous litigation and judicial remedies.

Develop specialized knowledge and skills in commerce and international trade so as to be equipped in a competitive and globalized commercial marketplace.

Master of Laws Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredits
Required Core Courses12
Elective Courses12
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE LLM24

Courses + Credits

The following courses comprise the requirements for the Master of Laws (LLM) degree program at CalSouthern. Tailor your degree by focusing on one of two areas of emphasis: LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and LLM in Commerce and Global Trade (CGT).

LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Required Core Courses

  • LAW 85199 Research Paper — 3-6-credits
  • LAW 85210 Contract Drafting — 3-credits
  • LAW 85215 Negotiation Theory and Practice — 3-credits
  • LAW 85216 Group Leadership, Process, and Facilitation — 3-credits

Elective Courses

  • LAW 85134 Professional Responsibility — 3-credits
  • LAW 85167 Alternative Dispute Resolution — 3-credits
  • LAW 85220 International Commercial Arbitration — 3-credits
  • LAW 85221 Arbitration — 3-credits
  • LAW 85223 Pre-Trial Practice — 3-credits
  • LAW 85225 International Law: Policy and Conflict Resolution — 3-credits
  • MSD 86715 Communication in Conflict Resolution — 3-credits
  • MSD 86730 Mediation — 3-credits
  • MSD 86735 Cultural Diversity — 3-credits

LLM in Commerce and Global Trade (CGT)

Required Core Courses

  • IB 87517 International Business Law — 3-credits
  • LAW 85143 Uniform Commercial Code — 3-credits
  • LAW 85199 Research Paper — 3-6-credits
  • LAW 85210 Contract Drafting — 3-credits

Elective Courses

  • IB 87512 International Economics — 3-credits
  • IB 87516 Global Business Strategic Management — 3-credits
  • IB 87518 International Financial Management — 3-credits
  • LAW 85134 Professional Responsibility — 3-credits
  • LAW 85144 Corporate Taxation — 3-credits
  • LAW 85220 International Commercial Arbitration — 3-credits
  • LAW 85225 International Law: Policy and Conflict Resolution — 3-credits
  • LAW 85248 Internet Law — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

Disclosure Required by the CBE of the State Bar of California
The method of instruction at this law school for professional law degree programs other than for the Juris Doctor degree is principally by correspondence. Completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to seek to qualify to sit for the bar examination or for admission to practice for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

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