Students pursuing the IBEL degree must complete the general degree requirements that apply to all LL.M. students, whether U.S.-trained or foreign-trained.  They must also take International Law I if they have not taken a comparable course in public international law as part of their prior legal education. (If taken at Georgetown, International Law I counts toward the total credits needed for the LL.M., but will not count toward the "specialization credits" required for the IBEL degree.) In addition to these general requirements, the following specific requirements apply:

Students with a U.S. J.D. degree must complete a total of 24 academic credits, of which at least 16 credits must be "specialization credits" from the lists found in the Curriculum Guide (on right-hand side of this page).  Students must take:

  • Corporations, if they did not take a comparable course in their J.D. studies;
  • at least one course that focuses on international regulation (see List A);
  • at least one course that focuses on international business (see List B); and
  • a sufficient number of additional courses from List A, List B, or List C to bring the total number of "specialization credits" to 16 credits.*

Foreign-educated students must complete a total of 20 academic credits, of which at least 14 credits must be “specialization credits” from the list found in the Curriculum Guide (on the right-hand side of this page). Students must take:

  • Corporations (either the 3-credit or 4-credit course at Georgetown Law);
  • at least one course that focuses on international regulation (see List A),
  • at least one course that focuses on international business (see List B), and
  • a sufficient number of additional courses from List A, List B, or List C to bring the total number of "specialization credits" to 14 credits.*

*Note that List C includes all courses that meet the specialization requirements for the LL.M. degrees in Taxation and Securities and Financial Regulation (those requirements can be found on the corresponding Curriculum Guides), as well as the courses explicitly listed on List C.

Students who enroll in the IBEL degree program may also participate in one of the certificate programs, such as the Certificate in WTO Law.