LL.M. in International Business Law - Study Plan

Above and beyond borders of a single legal system


The LL.M. in International Business Law combines a world-class legal education with a comprehensive look at the corporate world. This hands-on business law program prepares you to manage and successfully complete global legal operations and transactions across different jurisdictions.

The corporate law degree follows a carefully designed learning journey to gradually explore more complex and comprehensive areas of business as the program progresses.

This international business law program follows a hands-on approach with customizable options to ensure it aligns with your professional goals. After the second period, you will begin the practical aspect, comprising two long-term projects where you will undertake modern challenges in dynamic environments. Alongside this, you can also personalize your program with electives in corporate law, European law, legal tech, and more.

We have carefully designed every aspect of this program to combine legal skills and business skills with emerging areas like legal tech, while also allowing you to develop the soft skills necessary for global success.
Want to know more?

The LL.M. in international business law structure

The way you learn

This international business law degree has a strong practical focus. The program itself allows you to explore the ins and outs of business law transactions, which you’ll put into practice in the last two periods with the "In House Legal Operations" and “Making a Deal” projects. You will also collaborate on a legal-based project during the program, where you’ll have to overcome a challenge in collaboration with top law firms and organizations. Alongside these core projects, you can also choose to take highly practical courses in legal tech and entrepreneurship.
Making a deal | IE Law School

In House Legal Operations

You will take on this challenge with one of IE Law School’s global partner institutions, working hand-in-hand with global legal professionals. While the particulars of each challenge will vary, you will be tasked with helping legal departments overcome modern challenges, transforming them into more valuable strategic partners for their organization.

In House Legal Operations | IE Law School

Making a deal

During the second and third stage of the business learning journey, you will put all your knowledge into practice in the “Making a Deal” project. The deal is a step-by-step journey based on either a merger or an acquisition.

After identifying the dynamics of the deal, you then have to follow the complex process from beginning to end. Laying the groundwork involves identifying the target and gathering data, which you then use to plan every step—from due diligence and designing a business plan to making an offer, and ultimately, closing the deal.

This hands-on project is the best way to truly understand the dynamics of high-level business practices, and gives lawyers the necessary insights to perform at a global level.


Legal Knowledge & Hands-on Projects

Business & Management Mindset

Soft Skills

Tech Tools

LL.M. in International Business Law Syllabus

This module is of paramount importance to the academic formation of a global lawyer, since it is designed to introduce students to the most important legal systems globally. As such, it comprises the study of the basics and fundamentals of Common Law, Civil Law and Asian legal systems. Furthermore, it focuses extendedly on the fundamentals and specifics of EU commercial law, and provides general knowledge on the main structures and institutions of international public law.

Introduction to Common Law Systems

The objective of the course is to understand the basic structural and operational principles of the Common Law System, the basic legal concepts and terminology.

Introduction to Civil Law

This course intends to give students a general approach to Civil law. It is planned as a first contact with this legal tradition: it does not require previous knowledge of Civil law institutions.

Introduction to Asian Legal Systems

Taking into account the complexity and diversity of India and China, the goal of this course is to identify the key aspects of the business and legal environment in India and China.

EU Commercial Law

Its objective is to explore the dynamic regulatory environment for businesses operating within the EU, one of the largest trading blocs in the World, and its organizations.

International Public Law

This course gives students the basic tools that they need to understand the most essential functions and instruments of public international law. In addition, the students gain a deeper understanding of international trade law.

Global corporate lawyers need to be aware of the corporate ADR processes and negotiation techniques in order to properly assess their clients as per their best interests during international transactions and in any dispute that may arise. In order to do so, an exceptional corporate lawyer needs to dominate the possible scenarios arising from different applicable laws in the international arena.

International Arbitration

The aim of the course is to acquire deep knowledge about the methods and basic concepts within international arbitration and to get to know how to handle the application of national and international rules of reference within international arbitration.

Conflict of Laws

The objective of the course is to improve the students’ capabilities to understand and solve conflict of laws problems that typically arise in international business transactions and understanding the conflict of laws developed in other jurisdictions of the world.


This program has been designed so that participants may learn the “art of negotiation” as an effective tool that they will be able to use throughout their professional careers and personal lives.

Internation Arbitration Advocacy

This course is taught in conjunction with the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. This arbitration competition that simulates the defense of a hypothetical client, intends to give students first-hand knowledge of how an international commercial arbitration functions.

This module comprises the backbone to every international corporate lawyer. It will provide hands-on formation on the different regulations to which corporate institutions are subject to, on the formation, structure and content of international contracts. Finally, the Module will provide insight on the latest advances on the area of compliance that may affect corporations, enabling students to advise clients in the broadest way possible.

Comparative Corporations

The objective of the course is to provide students with an (functional and practical) overview of the regulation of corporate institutions, focusing mainly in the United States and the European Union.

International Contracts

The aim of this course is to provide the student with sufficient skills and critical legal judgement to achieve an adequate methodology in the process of creation of agreements in an international cross-border scenario.

Global Corporate Compliance

The objectives of the course are: to understand the international legal framework in the Compliance arena; to learn how to design and implement a Global Corporate Compliance Program; to identify the main regulatory risks companies face when operating at global level and to identify the consequences of not having a compliance program.

Corporate Finance-Legal Aspects

This is an area of law where the growing influence exerted by the international capital markets results in US/UK law playing a major role. The objective of this course is for the student to become familiar with the most common structures that may be encountered in this area of law.

In the international sphere, cross-border transactions are more frequent than ever. As such, this Module focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions (their possible structures, strategies, requirements and regulations), together with venture capital and private equity transactions.

Cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions

The learning objectives are: to examine the role that M&A plays in the contemporary corporate world, how it can be used successfully as well as its pitfalls, dangers and risks, and to provide the student a framework for analyzing transactions.

Venture Capital and Private Equity Transactions

This course focuses on tax, legal, and economic principles relevant to a number of complex and current entrepreneurial transactions, employing venture capital or private equity financing.

The module studies diverse fields of law directly involved in international business, such as competition, securities and intellectual property law, along with the implications of global business activities in respect to international taxation.

Competition Law

This course aims at providing students an overall and in-depth view of the basic rules and institutions of competition policy and a detailed understanding of the relevant features that underlie free competition, market functioning and consumer welfare through different industries.

International Securities Law

The course deals with the regulation of international securities transactions. Some of the topics included are international public offering of securities to investors, periodic disclosure required to issuers whose shares are held by investors located in different jurisdictions, international tender offers, etc.

International Intellectual Property

Using a hands-on approach, the most important practical aspects that a company’s legal advisor must bear in mind in relation to Intellectual Property in an international environment will be analyzed. There will be three main areas of study: Distinctive signs, Copyright and Inventions.

International Tax Framework

The course will introduce the legal framework of international taxation and explore the concept of tax residence. Additionally, the course will give a basic view of international tax planning principles and how they are applied by multinational corporations.

An exceptional corporate lawyer needs to understand how its clients’ business works, and the external forces that may affect it. Hence, this module focuses on enhancing student’s understanding on accounting, strategic and financial management, project management and economics. Special attention is paid to the entrepreneurial skills necessary to succeed in business.


This course will emphasize the understanding of how financial statements are created and how accounting decisions affect these statements. The course will teach the theory emphasizing the use of accounting as a tool for decision-making and problem solving.

Strategic Management

This strategy introductory course will introduce students to the mission and realities of general management in order to enable them to think strategically and effectively manage companies and business units.

Financial Management

This course helps students understand how Corporations create value and how to enhance it through every day strategies at all levels of the organization. This will be used to build their own powerful business vision.

Project Management

This course will analyze and study the principles, techniques and basic tool governing Project management applied in a changing legal environment, all with a practical approach and through the experience of experienced professionals in the field.


This course provides an examination of activities that constitute the entrepreneurial process from a managerial perspective, covering issues that emerge with identifying opportunities and shaping them to become feasible new ventures.

Being an integral professional demands the acquisition of knowledge and experiences beyond the formal legal arena. As such, IE offers students tools to develop the interpersonal skills necessary to succeed in interviews, together with team building opportunities, lectures on current and groundbreaking fields, and international networking experiences beyond the classroom.


This series of sessions imparted by the Careers’ Department seeks to provide basic tools on CV building and interviews’ processes to students, in order to maximize their success when attending job interviews.


The LAUNCH period consists on a number of introductory classes designed to immerse students in the case methodology and to enhance their collaborative and team spirit.

Global Forum

This series of sessions, carried by renowned professionals dealing with current topics in the areas of Corporate Law, Leadership skills, Compliance, Technology and Entrepreneurship, among others, provides updated knowledge to students, shaping them into well-rounded professionals.

London and Brussels Immersion Weeks

Our Immersion Weeks, where students visit top law firms, multinationals and financial institutions, help them hone their career trajectory by providing a back-drop to the practice of international law in two centers of global legal activity.

Professional Experience Week

Students will be placed during a week in some of the most prestigious international law firms based in Madrid to work on a case that has been developed by partners to reflect the true work of their lawyers.

Venture Law Clinic

The “Venture Law Clinic” course gives students the opportunity to provide real legal assistance to start-ups chosen from Area31 and IE University Venture Lab. In order to understand what is really required by clients, students shall act as legal advisors.

Corporate Social Responsability

This module seeks to equip students with the main tools for understanding the drivers and expectations on corporate behavior. Students will learn how to develop a robust CSR strategy and understand how to analyze the connection with governance and integrity.

Upcoming Events

21 nov 2019

Masterclass “Behavioural Finance: the role of reasoning and emotions in financial decision making

Master Class

Hotel Hyatt Centric Guatemala City 19:00, Guatemala, Guatemala, English

REGISTER Add to calendar
See all events