The dual LL.M. degree is a partnership that allows students to earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Law from Washington University School of Law and an LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice from Tecnológico de Monterrey's School of Government and Public Transformation, a top graduate school in Mexico and Latin America. Classes in the online dual degree program feature the same academics and faculty found on-campus at both universities.
Students in this program will complete 20 units from Washington University School of Law and 15 units from Tecnológico de Monterrey's Graduate School of Government and Public Transformation for a total of 35 units. The program can be completed in two to three years (24–36 months). All classes are taught in English.
Fundamentals of U.S. Law I: Contracts Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course is designed to introduce students to U.S. contracts. Contracts are vitally important in understanding U.S. law as they are the foundation of corporate law and cover areas such as employment, loans and credit. In addition to learning principles behind U.S. theories of contractual obligation, the course is intended to provide instruction in "how to succeed" in a U.S. law school class.
Fundamentals of U.S. Law II: Civil Procedure Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course is designed to introduce students to the process of U.S. civil litigation, focusing on topics such as procedural posture, the sequence of events in pre-trial and trial practice, and standards of appellate review. The course is intended to provide students with the skills necessary to read and analyze judicial decisions.
Introduction To U.S. Law & Methods I: U.S. Legal System Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course is designed to introduce distinctive aspects of the U.S. legal system. The goal is to learn how law is found, made and changed in the U.S., rather than to focus on any particular area of law. The objective is to learn largely through assuming the role of a lawyer resolving a practical client problem with U.S. legal sources, methods and institutions. The course is organized by various sources of law: common law, statutes and regulations, constitutional law and case law, interpreting and applied enacted law. In addition, the jury trial and the importance of procedure are covered. In each subject, the class formulates what appears to be distinctive in the U.S. system.
Legal Writing Washington University School of Law | 2 units
This skills course introduces students to effective formats and style for written communication with U.S. lawyers. In written comments and personal conferences as well as in class, professors emphasize prediction of probable court holdings through the analysis and synthesis of judicial decisions and statutes as well as the use of fact argument and analogy.
Professional Responsibility Washington University School of Law | 3 units
The goal of this course is to help prepare students for the ethical dilemmas they will face in legal settings. The course will examine the nature and types of lawyer regulation, client-attorney relationships, confidentiality rules, conflicts of interest, duties to courts, adversaries and third parties, client solicitation and billing, and access to legal services. The course addresses the American Bar Association (ABA) Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the California Rules of Professional Conduct, relevant sections of the California Business and Professions Code and also considers ethical duties arising under common law and other sources of authority.
Business Associations Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course is a survey of the law of business associations, emphasizing corporations and issues and problems relating to corporate governance. The course covers publicly and closely held corporations, the organization of business associations, and the distribution of power and control between management and shareholders, with a focus on the fiduciary duties of directors and officers. In this regard, students explore the developing notions of fiduciary duties to shareholders and other stakeholders. The course explores the rapidly evolving nationalization of corporate governance standards and its implications. The course further focuses on practical application of the material by applying the fundamentals of corporate organization through collaborative class exercises.
Intellectual Property Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course combines an overview of patents, trademarks and copyrights with a focus on early-stage issue recognition, planning and response. Specific topics include patent searches, patentability opinions, business name selection, business product/service/domain name selection and copyright registration.
Health Law Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course will introduce you to the U.S. health care system and the legal issues associated with it. We will begin with an overview of the U.S. health care system, including the Affordable Care Act, the legal challenges to it and attempts to repeal and replace it. We will then examine private, state and federal regulation of the health care system, including ERISA, HIPAA, EMTALA, Medicare, Medicaid, federal fraud and abuse law, tax and antitrust law. The second part of the class will focus on the provider-patient relationship and the legal issues that arise within that relationship. We will discuss life and death issues, such as abortion, the right to die, and surrogate decisionmaking. The class concludes by exploring the ethical issues involved with eugenics, assisted reproduction, cloning, genetics, organ transplantation, and human subject research. The recorded sessions, including several guest lectures by experts, will provide you with the fundamentals of health law. During the live sessions we will discuss cases and topics in the news, such as universal health care and tort reform. You also will be asked to apply the principles from the recorded sessions to hypothetical situations. You may be divided into teams to develop or defend a medical malpractice case, prosecute or defend a fraud and abuse case, or serve as a hospital attorney advising clients in a right to die situation.
Negotiation Washington University School of Law | 3 units
Students in this course learn the skills of negotiation through simulations, lectures and exercises in which they negotiate and observe their classmates and experts negotiate. Class members conduct at least three negotiations during the course — a sales contract, a retainer agreement between an attorney and a client, and a complex multiparty dispute. In addition to the simulations and discussion of the readings, there is instruction on drafting agreements and individualized advice about further steps to improve negotiation skills.
Constitutional Law Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course will examine federalism issues under the Constitution, including judicial review, the commerce clause, separation of powers, and intergovernmental immunity. We will address fundamental questions such as the nature of a constitution, the foundations of judicial power, the forms of judicial review, the role of courts in different types of political systems, the institutional design of constitutional courts, and the evolution of constitutionalism on a global scale. We will pay particular attention to the development of the Fourteenth Amendment's liberty and equality guarantees, and discuss the appropriate roles of text, structure, history, and prudence in constitutional interpretation. In discussing these questions, we will examine how political and social change has influenced the resolution of constitutional disputes and how non-judicial actors, as well as courts, have constructed constitutional meanings.
Trial Advocacy Washington University School of Law | 1 unit
Trial Advocacy is a one-credit skills based course. Using a trial as our framework, students will learn such skills as client interviewing and counseling, direct examination, cross-examination, opening and closing arguments, and basic objections. Students will be graded on a variety of skills-based exercises throughout the session, as well as the final project which requires the students to give a closing argument.
Corporate Compliance Washington University School of Law | 3 units
What causes companies to break the law? How do we incentivize them not to? Who should we blame when they do? These are the core questions of corporate compliance and the focus of this class. Rather than reading several court decisions, this class will work primarily from case studies of recent compliance failures. Our goal will be to study what went wrong at the company level and whether the relevant laws are effectively designed to prevent the misconduct. We will also cover theories of regulatory enforcement and punishment. This course will be interesting for those considering compliance positions as well as those interested in regulatory agency and corporate defense practice.
Regulation of International Trade and Investment Tecnológico de Monterrey | 3 units
Through this course students will analyze the legal institutions that regulate international trade based on their economic backgrounds. Students will conduct a critical analysis of both norms and institutions on their own, as well as of the interpretation used by different dispute resolution bodies.
Transnational Litigation and Arbitration Tecnológico de Monterrey | 3 units
The goal of this course is to acquire knowledge about the procedural aspects of private international law. After taking this course, students will be able to manage and apply mechanisms to solve international disputes derived from relationships between individuals, with special emphasis given to commercial disputes. Students will identify and analyze the different types of disputes within the commercial/contractual area.
International Law of Human Rights Tecnológico de Monterrey | 3 units
In this course students will identify and analyze the operational aspects of different human rights protection systems. Students will be able to determine and gain knowledge about the human rights considered under various treaties and conventions of international law, with special emphasis placed on civil and political rights.
International Business Transactions Tecnológico de Monterrey | 3 units
Through this course students will gain in-depth knowledge of the different types of contracts between individuals of different jurisdictions. Students will analyze the international conventions and important national legislation affecting international contracts. Finally, students will acquire the necessary practical skills needed to write international contracts both in Spanish and English.
Leadership and Ethics in the Public Service Tecnológico de Monterrey | 3 units
At the end of the course students will be able to examine the historical view of leadership and the ethical implication of its use. Students will also build a conceptual base that will allow them to conduct critical analyses based on the theories of leadership as well as classical and contemporary ethics. Finally, students will develop a thoughtful and proactive approach to ethical questions related to the public, corporate and social leadership field.
Employment Law Washington University School of Law | 3 units
This course is designed to introduce students to U.S. employment law including laws, rules and regulations related to types of employment, hiring and firing practices, prohibited discriminatory practices, employee wages, hours and benefits requirements, and various governmental processes and procedures. This course is an experiential course in which students will have multiple opportunities to apply legal theory to practical, real-life settings.
Torts Washington University School of Law | 1 unit
This course will be an exploration of the law of torts. We will analyze arguments for and against holding persons liable for intentional acts, negligent acts, injuries to the person, and injuries to property. We will critically examine the theories of intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, vicarious liability, and other doctrines, studying the rules and principles that govern these areas of the law.
Students must successfully complete 35 units of credit to earn a dual Master of Laws (LL.M.) in U.S. Law from the Washington University School of Law and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Transnational Legal Practice from Tecnologico de Monterrey’s School of Government and Public Transformation. Students must complete 20 units of credit from Washington University and 15 units of credit from Tecnologico de Monterrey.
Students must take 20 units of credit from Washington University School of Law. Introduction to US Law is a required course; the additional 17 units of credit can be chosen from a list of electives.
Washington University Required Courses
Washington University Required Courses
Introduction to US Law
Washington University Elective Courses (choose 17 credits)
Washington University Elective Courses (choose 16 credits)
Students must take 15 units of credit from Tecnologico de Monterrey’s School of Government and Public Transformation. These units of credit are listed below.
Tecnológico de Monterrey Required Courses
Tecnológico de Monterrey Required Courses
Leadership and Ethics in the Public Service
International Law of Human Rights
Regulation of International Trade and Investment
International Business Transactions
Transnational Litigation and Arbitration
To learn more about the dual degree, contact an Admissions Counselor at 314-281-5200 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tecnológico de Monterrey is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award a master’s degree in Transnational Legal Practice from the School of Government and Public Transformation. Washington University School of Law is not accredited by SACS Commission on Colleges and the accreditation of Tecnológico de Monterrey does not extend to or include Washington University School of Law or its students. Further, although Tecnológico de Monterrey agrees to accept certain course work from Washington University School of Law to be applied toward an award from Tecnológico de Monterrey, that course work may not be accepted by other colleges or universities in transfer, even if it appears on a transcript from Tecnológico de Monterrey. The decision to accept course work in transfer from any institution is made by the institution considering the acceptance of credits or course work. Graduates of the online dual-degree program are ineligible to transfer to the residential JD program.
1 Course offerings and schedule are subject to change.↑
2Immersion/Weekend Intensive Course Electives: There are 1 credit Weekend Intensive courses offered during on-campus Immersions held every spring and fall semester. Additional Weekend Intensive Courses can be taken outside of the scheduled Immersions at a student’s convenience. Schedule and offerings vary by term. Students can take up to three Immersion or Weekend Intensive course electives for credit toward their degree.↑