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LLM in Corporate Governance & Practice


The LLM academic program includes the following components:

  1. An introductory course in American and common law (see below);
  2. Participation in an LLM colloquium on current topics related to each specialization;
  3. Appropriate courses selected from the regular Stanford Law School curriculum (and, to a limited extent, from other Stanford University Departments or Programs); and
  4. A practical writing course.

To meet these requirements, each LLM student will develop an individualized course of study that will be reviewed and approved by the program director.

LLM students are required to be in residence at Stanford during the full (nine month) academic year. They are required to take a minimum of 35 credit units (and a maximum of 42 units).

Introduction to American Law

Stanford Law School offers international graduate students an intensive two week Introduction to American Law course in early September, before regular classes begin. This course is required for LLM students. It is optional for SPILS Fellows, but is recommended for students with no prior exposure to American law. The purpose of this course is to:

  • Introduce internationally-trained graduate students to basic concepts of American law and provide an overview of U.S. legal process and institutions.
  • Teach students how to read and analyze judicial opinions from U.S. courts.
  • Prepare international students to participate in regular Stanford Law School courses.

Corporate Governance and Practice Seminar

All Corporate Governance & Practice LLM students will participate in a weekly seminar each quarter that is directed by the teaching fellow in Corporate Governance & Practice. The seminar will focus on selected issues in corporate and securities law. Students are also encouraged to attend other relevant seminars and colloquiums related to corporate governance that are held on campus.

Corporate Governance and Practice Courses Offered at Stanford Law School

Corporate governance and business law is one of the strongest components of the Law School's curriculum. The following is an illustrative list of the courses in this field that have been offered at the Law School during the last several years. Some courses are not offered every year and additional courses may be offered in a particular year. Students without a prior background in accounting and finance are encouraged to take appropriate courses in accounting, corporate finance, or both.

Visit the courses section of the Law School's website for a comprehensive list of offerings.

Corporate and Securities Law

  • Capital Markets and Securities Regulation
  • Corporate Acquisitions
  • Corporate Governance Colloquium*
  • Corporate Law Theory*
  • Corporations
  • Deals: The Economic Structure of Transactions and Contracting *
  • International Corporate Governance
  • Nonprofits
  • Private Firms
  • Venture Capital

Accounting and Finance

  • Accounting
  • Advanced Finance Theory
  • Corporate Finance I
  • Corporate Finance II
  • Quantitative Methods: Finance

Bankruptcy and Commercial Law

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Reorganizations
  • Commercial Paper
  • Secured Transactions


  • Corporate Income Taxation
  • Income Taxation
  • International Taxation
  • Partnership Taxation
  • Tax Policy Colloquium

Other Related Courses

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Economics
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Game Theory and Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Business and Human Rights
  • International Development and the Rule of Law
  • International Legal Practice I: Developed Economies
  • International Legal Practice II: Developing Economies
  • Law and Economics Seminar*
  • Negotiation*
  • Professional Responsibility: Issues in Business Practice
  • Technology as a Business Asset
  • White Collar Crime

* Limited enrollment courses or seminars for which admission may be subject to a lottery or permission of the instructor.