General Requirements

Total Degree Requirements: 24 semester credits

“We have a global advisory board that provides strategic advice so that our curriculum is on the cutting edge. To meet industry needs, we partner with industry. At Northeastern, we don’t just pull curriculum out of a textbook.”

James Hackney, Dean of Northeastern University School of Law

The online Master of Laws program is both industry informed and inspired. Designed with input from a legal advisory group, the curriculum cuts right to the heart of where business is booming. Through the industry-informed paths of study that focus on Intellectual Property and Technology Law, International Business Law, and Bar Examination Preparation, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your studies by selecting courses that support your specific career objectives and put you ahead of the competition.

Online Master of Laws (LLM) Courses

The projected curriculum is listed below. You’ll work with your advisor on a coursework map that best meets your career goals.

The academic calendar is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each academic year. Please refer to degree requirements for information about specific required courses and other requirements.

Note: The Law 6400 Introduction to U.S. Law and Legal System course is required for students who received their first professional law degree outside the United States.

Online LLM Course Descriptions

Introduces principles and structures of the legal system in the United States. Covers the U.S. system of government, the U.S. judicial systems at the federal and state levels, U.S. sources of law, common law methodology, and the roles of legal professionals. Designed to familiarize the student with the relevant and governing legal principles that are used in American jurisprudence, including substantive and procedural law. Emphasizes legal terminology in our contemporary legal system.

Surveys the application of contract law in various contexts with case law, relevant portions of the Uniform Commercial Code, the Restatements, and treatises. Introduces students to practical issues in contract law theories and doctrines. Explores the bases of contract law, creation and termination rights, problems in contract formation, contract interpretation theories, and damages.

Offers students an opportunity to obtain a thorough working knowledge of the key concepts of tort law in the United States. Covers issues related to intentional torts and negligence and the defenses that relate to tort claims.

Offers a broad overview of constitutional law. Emphasizes the subjects of federalism, judicial review, due process, and individual rights.

Examines the procedural aspects of civil disputes in the United States under both state and federal systems, as well as the court systems and processes of bringing and defending cases. Studies the unique U.S. process of the discovery of evidence, including depositions and document production.

Examines the rules that regulate the legal profession including the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct; the ABA Model Code of Judicial Conduct; the California Rules of Professional Conduct; relevant sections of the California Business and Professions Code; and leading case law, both federal and state, on the subject. Offers students an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the topics covered on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination and the California Bar Examination, including lawyer advertising; solicitation of clients; specialization; conflicts of interest; competence; legal malpractice; fees; confidentiality; and obligations to clients, the court, and society. Students apply applicable ethics rules to identify and resolve ethical problems within the practice of law.

Surveys the domestic and international laws and policies of copyright law, with a secondary emphasis on related areas of law such as rights of publicity, unfair competition, and contractual protection of ideas in varying degrees. Topics covered include the subject matter of copyright; ownership and transfer of copyrights; the rights afforded to copyright owners in the United States and via international treaties and conventions; duration of protection; infringement; and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and remedies. Includes guest speakers who are involved in cutting-edge issues in copyright, which will allow students to hear directly from and start networking with practitioners and others involved in copyright law.

Offers students an opportunity to gain an understanding of the funding sources and the structure of corporate financial transactions. Focuses on the tools necessary for a lawyer to render legal opinions in the financial sector. Seeks to help students understand the finances behind transactions such as negotiating a merger, taking a client private through a leveraged buyout (LBO) or public through an initial public offering (IPO), or securing capital for expansion or operations. Topics covered include valuation, debt securities, preferred stock, convertible securities, and distributions in respect of equity securities.

Offers an overview of trade secrets and the basics of patent law, copyright law, and trademark law in the United States as derived from the pertinent federal statutes and through case law and administrative actors. Intellectual property is all about human creativity and ingenuity. It includes inventions and know-how, art and music, designs, and branding. Intellectual property law is the legal framework used to determine, apportion, secure, and leverage these rights in the marketplace. Examines the relationship between intellectual property and global development, as well as how intellectual property is used in the marketplace through competition and antitrust law.

Examines the laws and commercial rules governing international sales of goods and the law and practice of international commercial arbitration. Course topics include the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the rules of private international law that address gaps in the CISG.

Examines the precepts of trademark and unfair competition law. Investigates issues of ownership, registration, misappropriation, infringement, and dilution, in the context of words, phrases, symbols, slogans, product design, and trade dress. Explores related issues such as false and comparative advertising, rights of publicity, and parody and free speech.

Explores legal issues related to corporate mergers and acquisitions. Topics covered include acquisition structures and mechanics, shareholder voting and appraisal rights, board fiduciary duties, federal securities law requirements, anti-takeover defenses, accounting and tax issues, and antitrust considerations.

Examines the rules governing transactions in which personal property and fixtures are used as collateral to secure an obligation. The primary source of authority is Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code but also introduces other applicable laws, including primarily the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This body of law addresses not only the rights of the debtor and creditor inter se but also the rights of third parties with an interest in the collateral.

Examines how the stock market and other securities markets are regulated in the United States. The primary focus is the Securities Act of 1933 and, to a lesser extent, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Covers how companies raise capital through IPOs and other offerings, including private placements, and the complicated regulatory framework that applies. In addition to discussing disclosure requirements for companies that decide to offer to sell their stock or debt to investors, the course takes an in-depth look at insider trading rules. Also touches on how corporate director elections are regulated as well as the rules that apply to tender offers.

Examines issues in international taxation.

Explores the interplay between intellectual property law and evolving technology. In particular, focuses on the challenges faced by courts when applying intellectual property laws to technology not in existence at the time the laws were passed and on the policy issues raised by such challenges.

Introduces students to the principles governing the creation, sale, and enforcement of the most common forms of insurance in the United States. Explores personal liability, professional liability, commercial general liability, homeowner’s, automobile, life and casualty, and health insurance. Discusses the peculiarities of each line as well as the problems common to all lines: moral hazard, adverse selection, and outright fraud. Covers the social function of insurance, as well as historical anomalies, in order to give students the broadest possible exposure to the issues lawyers confront regularly in this area of practice.

Introduces students to the basic concepts contained in the Internal Revenue Code. Emphasizes taxation of individuals but includes significant content applying concepts to business entities as well. Offers students an opportunity to learn to analyze statutes and regulations.

Examines the structure and operation of business organizations in the United States. Begins with an examination of agency law (which applies to all business entities) and then focuses on general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and corporations.

*Please note that LAW 7012 Business Organizations is a required prerequisite for LAW 7013 International Securities Regulation for students without a U.S. law degree. The courses are offered as a two-part sequence, where Business Organizations is taken in the first half of the semester, followed by International Securities Regulation in the second half. For those seeking flexibility, you can choose to take only Business Organizations in the first half of the semester.

Examines international securities regulation related to business organizations. Topics include the regulation of individuals and businesses that operate outside the United States and cooperative relationships between the Securities and Exchange Commission and regulators from other countries.

*Please note that LAW 7012 Business Organizations is a required prerequisite for LAW 7013 International Securities Regulation for students without a U.S. law degree. The courses are offered as a two-part sequence, where Business Organizations is taken in the first half of the semester, followed by International Securities Regulation in the second half. For those seeking flexibility, you can choose to take only Business Organizations in the first half of the semester.

Examines existing and proposed laws relating to evolving concepts of privacy and confidentiality in various sectors of society, including business, healthcare, and the home. Topics include the historical framework for privacy regulation, types of privacy, issues arising in the home and workplace, issues related to personal autonomy, state laws affecting privacy and confidentiality, contractual provisions related to privacy, and the impacts of new technology.

A survey of commercial lending transactions, with particular emphasis on Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code, consumer legislation, relationship to real estate mortgage transactions, relationship to bankruptcy problems, fraudulent conveyances, federal tax liens, etc.

This course will provide an in-depth review of patent law and practice. The course will cover the administrative process for obtaining patents, including the requirements for patentability. The course will also cover enforcement of patent rights and the defense of patent infringement suits. The course will be presented in a simple, non-technical manner so that students of all disciplines can learn and understand the concepts.

This course examines consumer transactions in formation, substance, and remedies. While the course will focus most on consumer credit, we will also examine consumer leasing, advertising, fraud, warranties, and product standards and safety.

Institutions increasingly face a host of regulatory compliance issues. This course will cover the challenges facing organizations in building programs that ensure adherence with legal obligations, especially regarding data. We will explore statutes covering a broad range of areas, especially when it involves data protection and privacy.

LLM Learning Outcomes

I. Know and Understand the Law: What Lawyers Comprehend
II. Analyze, Reason and Solve Problems: How Lawyers Think
III. Apply the Means and Modes of Effective Communication: How Lawyers Communicate
IV. Demonstrate Awareness of and Recognize the Roles and Ethical, Professional and Business Norms of Law: What Lawyers Do
V. Demonstrate Team Lawyering Skills, Manage Conflict, and Forge Relationships: How Lawyers Work Together
VI. Understand Law in its Social Context: How Lawyers Situate Their Work
VII. Demonstrate Aptitude for Factual and Legal Investigation and Research: How Lawyers Gather and Organize Information
VIII. Incorporate Interdisciplinary and International Thinking into Legal Analysis: How Lawyers Utilize Other Disciplines and Global Perspectives

Track Curriculum

Students can choose between three tracks: Bar Examination Prep Work, Intellectual Property and Technology, and International Business. The tracks are optional for online Master of Laws students.

  • The Bar Examination Prep track prepares international and domestic attorneys who intend to sit for the California bar exam.
    • Curriculum includes:
      • US Law & Legal System
      • Contracts
      • Torts
      • Constitutional Law
      • Civil Procedure
      • California Civil Responsibility
      • Criminal Law
      • Business Organizations
  • The Intellectual Property and Technology track prepares attorneys for more specialized roles such as in-house counsel, IP licensing counsel and privacy counsel.
    • Curriculum includes:
      • Copyright
      • Intellectual Property
      • Trademark
      • Intellectual Property and Technology Law
      • Patent Law
      • Legal Operations & Legal Technology
      • Data Privacy in the 21st Century
  • The International Business track prepares domestic attorneys and international law graduates for jobs as international business lawyers, trade lawyers and compliance counsel.
    • Curriculum includes:
      • Corporate Finance
      • International Sales and Commercial Arbitration
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Secured Transactions
      • Securities Regulation
      • International Tax
      • Consumer Bankruptcy
      • Corporate Taxation
      • International Trade
      • International Business Transactions

Online Master of Laws Program

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