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Transnational Law & Business Certificate - LLM
USC Gould School of Law

Earning a certificate in Transnational Law and Business in addition to your LLM degree gives you an interdisciplinary, global perspective on how to facilitate organizations' engagement in the global market. You'll develop skills in understanding and integrating relevant legal, business and policy matters. The certificate also offers you a credential that demonstrates your specialized training in transnational business and cross-border transactions.

Students are limited to pursuing one certificate with their degree.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, you must take at least 12 units of mandatory and elective courses as outlined below. Please note that International Business Transactions is usually offered in the fall semester; Global Regulatory Compliance, is ususally offered in the spring semester. Students must complete at least 8 units of numeric grading within the certificate courses.

The mandatory courses provide the legal foundation for conducting transnational business from the organizational, transactional and compliance aspects. The elective courses develop the necessary skills for managing transnational business transactions, as well as an understanding of policies and best practices that shape the international framework under which businesses must operate globally. You also will have the opportunity to choose electives from the USC Marshall School of Business and/or the USC Price School of Public Policy that will count toward the certificate.

Mandatory Courses

  • Business Organizations
  • Global Regulatory Compliance
  • International Business Transactions

Core Electives

  • Contract Drafting, Analysis and Negotiation
  • Corporate Finance
  • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration
  • International Negotiation and Mediation
  • International Trade Policy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Public International Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and International Law

Price School of Public Policy Courses

The following courses may be taken and credited as Specialized Elective Courses:

  • Business and Public Policy
  • Comparative International Development

Marshall School of Business Courses

The following courses may be taken and credited as Specialized Elective Courses:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Financial Strategy
  • Entrepreneurial Finance: Financial Management for Developing Firms
  • Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Strategic Issues for Global Business
  • Venture Capital and Private Equity

Not all courses are offered every year. Courses are open to all students, not just those pursuing a certificate. You must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.6 in your certificate coursework to earn the Transnational Law and Business certificate.

You may petition to waive any required or elective course if you have taken an equivalent course outside of the law school as part of your undergraduate or other graduate degree.


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