4 Course Option and 2 Course Option

The Legal Certificate Program:

The Legal Certificate Program is designed to provide the students from all Asian countries are encouraged to attend at large an opportunity to obtain an excellent legal education in an economically affordable manner. All courses taught in English. The Program prepares the law students to face the challenges of the 21st Century of the ASEAN Community and the world.  The Legal Certificate from Chiang Mai University is awarded to students who complete the 4 Course Option.


4 Course Option:

2 compulsory courses

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Introduction to Legal Research and Writing

2 additional courses (may not be repeated immediately in the following year)

  • Overview of Intellectual Property Law
  • Business Organizations & International Business Transactions


Course descriptions

 Compulsory Courses:

Introduction to the American Legal System

This course provides an overview of the American structure of government and of the judicial system, U.S. legal methodology and sources of law, American constitutional and procedural law, as well as coverage of some of the basics in particular fundamental areas of law such as American contract law, tort law, and certain areas of U.S. business law.

Introduction to Legal Research and Writing

This intensive course introduces students from outside the United States to legal research and writing as it is done by legal professionals in the American legal system. The course covers research sources and techniques, legal writing structure and style, basic concepts of legal analysis, and in general, how U.S. lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals communicate about the law and memorialize written agreements. Students complete a series of research and writing exercises, including a legal memorandum and negotiating and drafting a contract.

Additional Courses:

Business Organizations and International Business Transactions

This course is designed as a hybrid course to introduce students to some basic legal concepts of business organizations as well as to some key legal principles governing international business transactions. The course will cover aspects of business organizations such as the various types of entities and their legal characteristics, governance, and capitalization. Course coverage of some of the basics of international business transactions will include international commercial terms (INCOTERMS), letters of credit, cross-border sale and purchase transactions, import-export procedures, dispute resolution and international joint ventures. The topics are brought together with material on the structure and role of the multi-national corporation in today’s globalized economy.

Overview of Intellectual Property Law

This course examines the fundamental principles of how works of invention, artistic expression and business processes and symbols are protected through the core subjects of intellectual property law: patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks. The course also examines the underlying policies of these bodies of law and how they inter-relate. The course will cover US legislation and case law, and global aspects of intellectual property.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the business application of these subjects.

The course descriptions of the remaining 14 credits can be viewed at www.kentlaw.iit.edu/academics

On the left side of the page, click on: LL.M.-Program, and then US International & Transnational Law and click on course descriptions.

Students from the program can choose additional elective courses. In other words, LL.M. students are not permitted to take any of the basic JD courses – contracts, torts, criminal law, property, civil procedure, constitutional law, legal writing I and II.   There are also some courses that they may be restricted from because (a) it is a specialty course in one of our specialty LL.M. programs, e.g., “Regulation of Securities and Commodities Professionals” or (b) there is a prerequisite course that the students have not yet taken.

To obtain the remaining 14 credits for the degree, students should have no difficulty in finding several courses that fit both their interests, and their academic and professional needs.

Note: This four course option with its limited time abroad and cost saving benefits may be attractive to those students planning on law careers in private practice. Students from all Asian countries are encouraged to enroll.


2 Course Option:

2 compulsory/preparatory non-credit courses

–           Common Law Method

–           Legal English Skill for Lawyer 

Course description 

Common Law Method

This course is intended to provide a basic overview of the common law based American legal system and of American law.  The student will be introduced to (1) the history and structure of the American government and the court system; (2) basic principles of the common law system; (3) reading cases and legal vocabulary; (4) the basics of some of the main areas of law; (5) the structure of the legal profession; and (6) the structure of legal education and some strategies for succeeding in law school courses.

Legal English Skill for Lawyer

This course will introduce the student in detail to the American court system and to the way in which American lawyers write and think about the law.  An overview of the litigation process, office memorandum, arguments using case and statutory law, basic citation format, legal research, legal ethics and contract drafting will be studied.  There will be active class discussions, writing assignments, online research.  It will provide an opportunity to improve English speaking, reading, listening and writing skills.  The Legal Certificate from CMU will not be awarded in this program.

Note: For certain legal career tracks in Thailand, Thai law students may be required to spend the full academic year abroad to have their LL.M. degree from CK recognized by the Thai authorities.