Columbia launches executive LL.M. in Global Business Law


Columbia Law School is launching an Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law, and will admit its first class in Spring 2019. 

The intensive program will allow students to earn an LL.M. in roughly half a calendar year, providing experienced attorneys with a foundation in American business law necessary to navigate the complex cross-border transactions.

Most LL.M. programs take a full academic year.

“The Executive LL.M. program extends Columbia Law School’s global mission by offering high-achieving, experienced lawyers from around the world the opportunity to quickly advance their careers, build a global network, and lead their clients through multinational deals,” said Columbia Law School Dean Gillian Lester. “Students will gain more than a credential; they will develop a deep understanding of international business law from the country’s most respected academics and leading practitioners in the field, all while expanding their capabilities as trusted strategists and counselors to their clients.”

Julie Sculli will be the program’s director, beginning in early November. Sculli, who holds a J.D. degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, has spent nearly a decade building the LL.M. program, as well as myriad other international programs, at Brooklyn Law School.

The Executive LL.M. in Global Business Law is in addition to the law school’s full-year LL.M. It is designed for attorneys in international practice who wish to gain a strong foundation in U.S. business law, but cannot devote a standard full academic year to their studies. The program will provide students with an advanced understanding of how critical topics of business law fit into the evolving international legal framework.

The hybrid program will be offered in an accelerated format beginning with two courses offered online in the spring, followed by an intensive summer residency at Columbia Law School, and concluding with one online course in September. Degree candidates will earn a total of 24 points of academic credit — the same number as in the traditional LL.M. degree program. Core courses will include:

  • Introduction to American Law
  • American Contract Law
  • Corporations
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Colloquium

Students will take three electives from a varying list of curricular offerings, including:

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Advanced Corporate Law: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Finance
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Negotiation Workshop

"The Executive LL.M. is an incredible opportunity for lawyers to study global business law in New York City — the world's business center,” said Julia Miller, who as assistant dean for Executive Education helped develop the program. “We look forward to welcoming these students into the Columbia Law School community and being a part of their career trajectories."

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