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International Business Law

Program Overview

This one-year, full-time specialization is designed to give lawyers and professionals from around the world advanced training in international business law. Award-winning faculty teach the latest developments in international trade law, international finance, international business transactions, taxation of cross-border transactions and other related topics. The specialization provides students with knowledge in critical, core international business law courses while allowing you the opportunity to pursue your academic interests through electives.

Who is this Specialization for?

  • Law graduates, preferably with legal practice experience, related work experience or a demonstrated interest in international business law.
  • Professionals without a law degree who have at least five years of work experience related to international business law, such as contract management, trade, negotiation, regulation, or governance.

Specialization Structure

The International Business Law specialization is a 1 year (three terms) full-time program.  All courses require in-person attendance and are scheduled in a variety of formats (daytime, evening, weekend and intensive) across both Osgoode Hall and OsgoodePD campuses. Students can complete their degree requirements exclusively through course work or through a combination of course work and a Major Research Paper. Elective courses can be drawn from Osgoode Hall’s JD specialization and from other OsgoodePD LLM specializations (subject to space availability).

Program Requirements Overview

Program Schedule

To fulfill your degree requirements, you need to complete 36 credits, including a research requirement. These credits must include:

  • Introduction to Canadian Law (3 credits) and Legal Research and Writing for International Students (3 credits)
  • At least 21 credits of core courses
  • Research Paper Requirement (choice of the following):
    – Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a form of evaluation in one course; or
    – Independent Significant Research Paper [3 credits] (30 pages); or
    – Major Research Paper [6 credits] (70 pages)

Note: The program starts either in early July or early August depending on whether you are required to take one of our preparatory courses

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Introduction to Canadian Law BLIS 6513 Required 3.0 credits
Legal Research and Writing for International Students BLIS 6508 Required 3.0 credits
Legal Research and Writing for International Students (Online) GNRL 6209 Required 3.0 credits
Advanced Contract Law BLIS 6890 Core 3.0 credits
Anti-Money Laundering and International Country Sanctions - Global Regulatory Challenges BLIS 6512 Core 3.0 credits
Business and Human Rights BLIS 6815 Core 3 credits
Business Associations (Non-NCA) BLIS 6838 Core 6.0 credits
Comparative Legal Systems BLIS 6501 Core 3.0 credits
Contracts for Business BLIS 6875 Core 3.0 credits
Corporate Social Responsibility BLIS 6544 Core 3 credits
In House Counsel: Law and Practice BLIS 6555 Core 3.0 credits
Independent Significant Research Paper GNRL 6848 Core 3.0 credits
International Business Transactions BLIS 6509 Core 6.0 credits
International Commercial Arbitration BLIS 6298 Core 6.0 credits
International Commercial Banking BLIS 6874 Core 6.0 credits
International Finance BLIS 6990 Core 3.0 credits
International Sales Law BLIS 6299 Core 6.0 credits
International Trade Law BLIS 6505 Core 6.0 credits
Online International Business Transactions BLIS 6409 Core 6.0 credits
Selected Topics in International Business Law BLIS 6999 Core 3.0 credits
Taxation of Cross-border Transactions BLIS 6510 Core 6.0 credits
International Business Law Internship BLIS 6511 Elective 0.0 credits
Introduction to Canadian LLM Studies GNRL 6514 Elective 0.0 credits
Introduction to Canadian Private Law BLIS 6517 Elective 3.0 credits

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