Five institutions organize the LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice. The Center for International Legal Studies (Salzburg, Austria) has more than 5,000 lawyer members throughout the world. The Law Faculty of Lazarski University (Warsaw, Poland) has ranked first among Polish university law faculties for the last seven years. Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary), founded in 1635, ranks as the leading law faculty in Hungary. The Center for Financial Law and Policy at Lixin University is based in Shanghai, China, Boston University School of Law (Boston, Massachusetts) was established in 1872 and ranks in the top 25 of more than 200 law schools accredited by the American Bar Association.
The Central European locations (Budapest and Warsaw) and the Asian location (Shanghai), with the session format of two weeks, provide a great advantage to those who cannot take a year away from their work, particularly active practitioners, to those who cannot afford the time or cost of a year abroad and/or to those who may have difficulty obtaining a visa to study in the United States. The program is designed to bring experienced lawyers together with expert faculty members, and the seminar structure lends itself to active exchange among the participants. Thirty-two lawyers from 13 countries, ranging in age from 25 to 65 years, participated in the 2018 two-week LL.M. sessions.
The LL.M. requires satisfaction of 21 credits over three cycles offered each year in Budapest in March and June and in Warsaw in April. The LL.M. can be completed in one to five years.
LL.M. courses are taught in English by faculty provided by CILS, Lazarski University, and Eötvös Loránd University. Selected participants may complete up to nine credits in a session offered each June in Budapest, with faculty provided by Boston University.
The next LL.M. sessions will be conducted 31 March - 13 April 2019 in Budapest (6 credits), 16 - 29 June 2019 in Budapest (9 credits), 7 - 20 July 2019 in Shanghai (3 credits). and 6 - 19 October 2019 in Warsaw (3 credits). Tuition for 2019 for Budapest in March and Warsaw in April is the US $3800. Tuition for 2019 is $600 per credits. Students typically attend one or two sessions per year. The LL.M. must be completed within five years of commencement. Fifty percent tuition and other scholarships are available.
Applicants for the LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice must hold a recognized first degree in law and have a demonstrated record of academic and professional competence. Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate competence in the language.
The LL.M. in Transnational Commercial Practice requires 21 credits. The paths available to obtain the degree are:
- Three spring sessions, one in Budapest (6 credits) and two in Warsaw (12 credits) or two in Budapest (12 credits) and one in Warsaw (6 credits) = 18 credits, plus (a) Distance Learning Course (Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments, 3 credits), or (b) 30 hours of CILS CLE (3 credits), or (c) Directed research paper of 15,000 to 18,000 words (3 credits).
- Two spring sessions, one in Budapest (6 credits) and one in Warsaw (6 credits) = 12 credits, plus one June session in Budapest (9 credits). Enrollment in the June session is limited. Admission to a June session requires excellent academic performance in a prior spring session and entails substantially more work than the spring sessions. Thee distance-learning courses are available, allowing completion of 6 of the 21 credits online or by DVD or USB.
The application may be done online or by downloading the application form.
The Central European (Budapest and Warsaw) and Asian (Shanghai) locations and the session format of two weeks each provide a great advantage to those who cannot take a year away from their work, particularly active practitioners, to those who cannot afford the time or cost of a year in the United States, and/or to those who may have difficulty obtaining a visa to study in the United States. The program is designed to bring experienced lawyers together with expert faculty members, and the seminar structure lends itself to active exchange among the participants. Thirty-two lawyers from 13 countries participated in the most recent two-week LL.M. sessions.