LL.M. students enrolled in any of the three Curriculum Tracks may choose from all courses offered during their year of study at Vanderbilt Law School - all tracks also satisfy the course requirements for New York Bar eligibility. In addition, during the fall semester, all LL.M. students are required to take Introduction to Legal Research, Writing and Analysis in the United States. This course, which is specifically tailored to meet the needs of foreign attorneys and scholars, provides a distinct academic forum in which LL.M. students learn:
All LL.M. students must also take the course entitled Life of the Law.
LL.M. students may enroll in an additional non-credit course, Legal English, which addresses the legal vocabulary. This valuable course acquaints students with the legal terms and idioms they will encounter in the classroom and in legal texts.
The Law & Business curriculum and is widely known for producing lawyers who understand not only the legal and regulatory environment in which businesses operate, but also understand corporate governance, the principles of finance and accounting, and the economic frameworks of transactions. Upon completion of the track, students receive a certificate in Law & Business.
The Law & Business Track includes a foundational core curriculum on which students build expertise in areas of interest by choosing from an extensive range of elective courses.
The core curriculum is comprised of five required courses:
Students complete an additional 9 credit hours beyond the core curriculum by choosing from a remarkably rich array of elective courses including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy, law and economics, antitrust law, corporate taxation, corporate voting, and secured and global transactions.
Law & Business Track students may enter only in the fall semester each year and must complete degree requirements during one academic year (sequential fall and spring semesters). Students are required to take a minimum of 27 credits and may earn a maximum of 30 academic credits.
Students may choose from a wide range of courses to fulfill an elective requirement of nine credit hours.
|Advanced Securities Regulation||Entertainment Industry Transactions: Negotiation and Drafting||Negotiation and Drafting of Key Corporate Documents|
|Alternative Business Entities Short Course||Government Contract Law||Partnership Taxation|
|Antitrust Law||Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions||Private Equity: Transactional Drafting and Practice|
|Antitrust Law for Big Tech||Hedge Fund Regulation and Compliance Short Course||Private Mergers and Acquisitions - Drafting and Negotiation|
|Approved Non-Law Electives||Intellectual Property & Antitrust Law||Private Mergers and Acquisitions Short Course|
|Bankruptcy||International Arbitration||Real Estate Finance and Development|
|Business and Securities Research||International Business Transactions||Real Estate Transactions|
|Comparative Corporate Governance Short Course||International Mergers and Acquisitions Short Course||Regulation of Financial Institutions|
|Contracts||International Trade Law||Role of Corporations Seminar|
|Corporate Bankruptcy||Introduction to Private Equity Short Course||Role of In-House Counsel|
|Corporate Compliance||Law and Business Seminar||Secured Transactions|
|Corporate Legal Risk Management||Law as a Business||Taxation of Non-Profit/Tax Exempt Organizations|
|Corporate Litigation Short Course||Legal Operations||Textualism and Originalism Seminar|
|Corporate Taxation||Mergers and Acquisitions||The Swinging Pendulum in Corporate Law Short Course|
|Disruptive Technologies and the Evolution of Corporate Law Short Course||Mergers and Acquisitions Short Course||Transactional Practice Workshop Short Course|
|Economic Regulation of Finance Seminar||Mutual Fund Regulation Short Course||Venture Capital Seminar|
|Energy Industry Mergers and Acquisitions Short Course||Negotiated Public M&A||White Collar Crime Seminar|
Students in the Course Track choose their courses from the law school's broad curriculum. Your faculty advisor or a law school administrator will help you tailor your studies to your career goals and intellectual interests. Students are required to earn 24 to 28 credits over two semesters of course work.
Students in the Thesis Track conduct extensive research that culminates in a lengthy scholarly paper. In addition to elective hours, total credit hours must include a substantial scholarly research and writing project, for which students may earn up to 7 course credits. Students are required to earn 24 to 28 credits over two semesters of course work.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions Office at (+1) 615-322-6452 or the email below.