Business Law (LLM)

The Business Law track in the LLM program at the University of Oregon School of Law is designed for students who want to specialize in business law and gain a deeper understanding of the legal framework that governs businesses in the United States. The program is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to advise clients on a wide range of legal issues that arise in the context of business.

The program consists of a series of courses that cover various areas of business law, including corporate law, securities regulation, commercial transactions, and bankruptcy.

In addition to the required courses, students have the opportunity to take electives in a wide range of subjects, including tax law, intellectual property, and international business transactions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and ability necessary to practice substantive and procedural law and understand the dynamic processes through which law is created, developed, and changed by completing an organized program of courses in a selected specialization.
  • Employ sound and articulate legal reasoning to identify, research, and analyze legal problems.
  • Communicate effectively with clients, decision-makers, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Recognize the responsibility of lawyers to serve as informed and professional leaders.
  • Appreciate the critical role that lawyers play in ensuring meaningful access to the legal system, promoting the just application of its laws, and serving their clients and the community.
  • Learn how lawyers work together by demonstrating team lawyering skills, managing conflict, and forging relationships.
  • Additional outcomes for students on the two-year pathway:\ • Students develop advanced proficiency in legal English, including reading, writing, and comprehension skills specific to the legal profession.\ • Students acquire a foundational understanding of the American legal system and its principles.\ • Students master legal research and writing, demonstrating the ability to conduct legal research and articulate legal arguments effectively.\ • Students gain comparative and international legal analysis skills, understanding the global context of law.

Business Law Requirements

One-Year Program (Two-Year Program Second Year)

LAW 782Introduction to American Law and Practice3
LAW 783LLM Advanced and Persuasive Legal Writing2
Track Specific Courses in Business Law15
Elective Courses4
Total Credits24

Additional Requirements

  • Master of laws students must complete a written comprehensive paper or project in connection with one of the required courses.
  • Students must take at least five courses from the core Business Law offerings indicated by the LLM Program Director.
  • Students enrolled in the two-year program must successfully complete the following sequence of required courses:
LAW 785American Legal System2
GRST 635Reading for the Legal Profession4
GRST 637Master of Laws Reading2
LAW 784Comparative Law2
GRST 636Writing for the Legal Profession4
GRST 638Master of Laws Writing2
  • Prior to the second year, students will be required to successfully demonstrate a level of English language proficiency at or above the standard minimum English proficiency requirements for graduate admission to the University of Oregon on the TOEFL, IELTS, an assessment by AEI, or other method accepted by the University of Oregon. Students in the two-year pathway who do not meet the University’s general graduate-level English language requirement within two years of matriculation are not eligible to continue in the LLM program.