Curriculum

The LL.M. Program is one full academic year. Four courses each semester are required for the LL.M. degree. No fewer than five and a maximum of six courses must be taken within the International Law and Organizations (ILO) division. At least one of the eight courses must be from the Diplomacy, History, and Politics (DHP) division, and at least one course must be chosen from the Economics and International Business (EIB) division. LL.M. students may also cross-register at Harvard Law School, normally for no more than one course per academic year. Students must complete a Capstone Project (see page 20 in Student Handbook), which is to be determined in consultation with and supervised by a member of the law faculty; Native English-speakers also must demonstrate proficiency in a second language.

Given the wide range of professional experience and interests with which our students arrive at Fletcher, we believe that it is inappropriate to require that students take any specific course or courses. Students determine their own curriculum, in consultation with their faculty advisors (and within the parameters outlined above). The following chart offers examples of four possible curricular tracks, but it should be emphasized that students need not choose among only these options.

Sample Curricular Tracks
Public International Law REQUIREMENTS:
- (i) The International Legal Order (ILO L200)
- (ii) Public International Law (ILO L201)

MUST TAKE ONE OF EITHER:
- (i) International Human Rights Law (ILO L210)
- or (ii) International Organizations (ILO L220)

MUST TAKE ONE OF EITHER:
- (i) Diplomacy: History, Theory and Practice (DHP H200)
- or (ii) International Relations: Theory and Practice (DHP P200)
International Business Law REQUIREMENTS:
- International Business Transactions (ILO L230)
- Foundations in Financial Accounting and Corporate Finance EIB B200

MUST TAKE ONE OF EITHER:
- (i) International Investment Law (ILO L232)
- or (ii) International Financial and Fiscal Law (ILO L233)

MUST TAKE ONE OF EITHER:
- (i) Fundamentals of Accounting Theory and Application (EIB B201)
- or (ii) Strategy and Policy for Competitive Advantage (EIB B230)
International Economic Law REQUIREMENTS:
- Legal and Institutional Aspects of International Trade (ILO L240)
- International Business Transactions (ILO L230)
- Introduction to Microeconomics (EIB E211)
- International Trade and Investment (EIB E220)
Human Rights and International Justice   REQUIREMENTS:
- (i) International Human Rights Law (ILO L210)
- (ii) International Criminal Justice (ILO L213)

 

 MUST TAKE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:
- (i) Transitional Justice (ILO L214)
- (ii) Current Issues in Human Rights (ILO L211)
- (iii) Rule of Law in Post-Conflict Societies (ILO L252)
- (iv) International Humanitarian Law (ILO L216)
- (v) Understanding Mass Atrocities (DHP P220m)
- (vi) Development and Human Rights (DHP P229)