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LLM Micro-credentials Program

Opportunities for Specialization

Each of the micro-credentials requires a minimum of nine credit hours of coursework chosen from a menu of courses currently offered on a regular basis by the School of Law.  If taken by an LL.M. student or a non-degree student wishing to preserve the ability to transfer credits to the LL.M. program, all requirements must be met on a graded rather than pass-fail basis. Admissions requirements for non-degree students in these micro-credentials will be identical to those for LL.M. students.

Micro-credential in International Arbitration  

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, in courses drawn from each of the following two rubrics:

  • Commercial Law: International Business Transactions or, if not offered in a given term, or another course approved by the CILE Director that provide a comparable introduction to commercial and business law.

  • Dispute Resolution: International Commercial Arbitration, The Practice of International Litigation and Arbitration, or another course approved by the CILE Director that provide a comparable introduction to one or more forms of alternative dispute resolution.

  • Externship:  The completion of a topical externship for credit as approved by the CILE Director. 

Micro-credential in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution  

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, in courses drawn from each of the following two rubrics:

  • Commercial Law: International Business Transactions or, if not offered in a given term, or another course approved by the CILE Director that provide a comparable introduction to commercial and business law.

  • Dispute Resolution: International Commercial Arbitration, The Practice of International Litigation and Arbitration, or another course approved by the CILE Director that provide a comparable introduction to one or more forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Micro-credential in US Business and Entrepreneurial Law: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, in courses drawn from each of the following two rubrics:

  • Structures of Business: Courses focusing on the law of business entities and their ownership, including, for example, Business Organizations, Agency & Partnership, and Securities Regulation, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.
  • Commercial Relations: Courses focusing on the contractual relations of business entities, including, for example, Contracts, Commercial Transactions in Goods, Secured Transactions, and International Business Transactions, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.

Micro-credential in Health Care Law and Regulation: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, in courses drawn from each of the following two rubrics:

  • The Landscape of US Health Care Law:  Current Issues in Health Law, Health Law & Policy, or an equivalent course approved by the CILE Director if neither were to be offered during a student’s time in residence.
  • US Health Law Issues Encountered by Foreign Counsel:  Health Care Business Transactions, Biotechnology Law, Law of Disability Discrimination, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.

Micro-credential in Tax Law: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, out of the following list of courses:

  • Corporate Taxation, Federal Income Taxation, Low-Income Tax Clinic, Nonprofit Exempt Organizations, Pittsburgh Tax-Review, State and Local Tax, Estate and Gift Tax, Partnership Tax, International Tax, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.

Micro-credential in Human Rights Law: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, out of the following list of courses:

  • Philosophy of Crime and Punishment – National and International Perspective, Legal Institutions and the Holocaust, Conflict of Laws, International Human Rights Law, International Law, Law of Slavery, Abolition & Freedom Seminar, Federal Hate Crimes, Islamic Law and Jurisprudence Seminar, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.

Micro-credential in Intellectual Property Law: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, out of the following list of courses:

  • Foundations of Intellectual Property Law Seminar, Commercializing New Technologies, Technology, Law, and Leadership, Foundations of Intellectual Property Seminar, Copyright Law, Patent Law Practice, Trademark Law, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.

Micro-credential in Energy and Environmental Law: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, in courses drawn from each of the following two rubrics:

  • Energy Law:  Energy Law and Regulation, Climate Change and the Law, Oil and Gas Law, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.
  • Environmental Law:  Environmental Law, Environmental Law, Policy, and Politics, Environmental Justice Law Seminar, Environmental Policy & Practice, Land Use or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.

Micro-credential in Cyber and IT Law: 

Completion of this micro-credential requires that students take at least nine credit hours, with a grade of C or higher, in courses drawn from each of the following two rubrics:

  • Cyber Law:  Courses focusing on cyber law, including, for example, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Democracy, Cyber Law and Policy Seminar, Cyberspace and the Law, or similar courses approved by the CILE Director.
  • IT Law:  Courses focusing on the IT Law, including, for example, Information Privacy Law and Practice, Commercializing New Technologies, Technology, Law, and Leadership, Intellectual Property, Technology and Employment Law, Applied AI