The University Of Georgia
Program name: International Business Law Program
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: Timothy Barrett
Study language: English
Qualification: Master of Business Law
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: Candidates must have successfully obtained a bachelor’s degree in law, or an equivalent degree. English language requirement: B2 Level. English language competence of candidates is assessed by either 1) the university through university exams, with a minimum threshold of 70%; or 2) internationally recognized exams, such as IELTS, TOEFL, or Cambridge English Exam. (B2 level equivalent scores: IELTS 5.5-6.5; TOEFL 87-109 IBT; Cambridge English Exam 160-179) Those candidates whose undergraduate degree was fully taught in English are exempted from this requirement. Georgian citizens must successfully pass the Unified Post-Graduate Exam. Georgian applicants must complete requirements 1-3. International applicants must complete 1-2.
Program goals:

The main goal of the program is to provide competitive and highly-qualified legal professionals, equipped with deep theoretical knowledge and practical legal skills based on the requirements of international and local labor markets. Graduates will be able to conduct legal research independently, think creatively, and will have a deep and systematic knowledge of international business law principles and theories. The program will consist of both Georgian students and international students. The program will be entirely in the English language (all lectures and all course materials will be in English). Graduates of the program will have advanced level of legal English. Upon the completion of the program, graduates can be employed in law positions related to international business law, where the law requires a master's degree and state certification exam is not necessary. Graduates will have the proper research skills and ability to continue their studies at the doctoral level.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • Interactive Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Debates
  • Critical analysis
  • News Analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Imitative Performance
  • Problem identification and solving
  • Case study
  • Essay writing
  • Presentations
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
Graduate will be able to:
    • A deep and systematicknowledge of effective legal drafting;
    • In-depth understanding of the meaning and importance of professional academic writing;
    • Advanced understanding of how to conduct the research and writing required to write a case brief;
    • A deep understanding of the structure and principles of corporate form and corporate governance;
    • an accurate and systematic knowledge of the Comparative Property Law and its place in the legal system, comparison of the main legal systems - Continental Law and Common Law;
    • deep and systematic understanding of the comparative property law environment, its fundamental principles and basic information for the whole of private law;
    • An advanced and systematic understanding of Comparative Contract Law and which allows for the identification of legal risks of engaging in international business;
    • Deep understanding of basic international instruments regulating transnational commerce, which allows for the generation of solutions to certain problems;
    • Understanding of the main challenges international lawyers face in the process of international business transactions.

  • Applying knowledge
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Create, edit and interpret a variety of legal instruments, including: pleadings, case briefs/summaries, contracts, opinion & client letters, memoranda, business e-mails, etc;
    • Use the most recent methods and approaches to develop coherent and persuasive arguments’
    • use appropriate interpretation methods (grammatical, logical), evaluate a given legal problem concerning the jurisprudence of the tribunal, and demonstrate an ability to find original ways to solve the given issues related to a given legal problem;
    • Ability to conduct complex evaluations of legal issues regarding the duties of managers and shareholders, also to understand what is the nature and essence of those duties and evaluate the properness of any particular conduct of any manager during everyday management of the corporation and anticipate the results of such conduct;
    • ability to evaluate the areas of primary legal risk in owning and operating an international business and in undertaking international transactions;
    • ability to conduct a complex evaluation of the contracts, arrangements incidental to an international sale of goods, and the complex legal issues/obligations that may arise from such contracts;
    • ability to conduct complex evaluations of legal problems within the spheres of Comparative Property Law, judicial practice, dogmatic views, correctly understanding and interpretation of their effective use in practice;
    • Find and apply the law to international sale of goods transactions to various practical scenarios;
    • Create or find the appropriate method of securing international transactional risks.

  • Making judgments
    Graduate will be able to:
    • The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of legal instruments in order to make appropriate conclusions with regards to their essential meanings;
    • analyze new changes in the law, as reflected in recent judicial decisions;
    • make judgments on the basis of a critical analysis of law related to the legal problem presented and the ability to make appropriate conclusions;
    • The ability to decide how to prevent violation of fiduciary duties and what forms of liability to use in case of violation of their fiduciary duties and good governance standard by corporate managers;
    • the ability to identify and analyze potential legal problems related to Comparative Property Law issues;
    • the ability to identify and analyze potential legal problems related to Comparative Contract Law issues and make appropriate conclusions;
    • Ability to make judgments on the basis of critical analysis of the client’s needs, make conclusions and provide appropriate legal advice taking into account variety of factors.

  • Communications skills
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Ability to communicate the student’s own judgements and legal arguments to the academic and professional society, in oral or written form, in the English Language;
    • The ability to deliver/communicate written legal information and arguments using a variety of legal instruments;
    • A mastery of effective oral communication in a legal and business context;
    • An understanding of the appropriate form and content with which to communicate legal ideas in a variety of contexts;
    • to effectively deliver oral legal arguments to a tribunal;
    • Deliver appropriate advice, regarding legal conclusions or arguments, to corporate managers.
    • the ability to communicate oral or written information about their own legal conclusions and arguments in an academic and/or professional environment;
    • The ability to deliver an academic paper prepared on the basis of newest, up-to date resources, in compliance with the standards of professional academic writing, and through critical analysis and processing of data.

  • Learning skills
    Graduate will be able to:
    • Independently manage the learning process in a coherent manner and be able to expand their knowledge by learning new developments in the law, including court decisions, scholarly articles, and primary sources;
    • Independently determine theoretical components and expand their knowledge by learning new developments in the law, court decisions, legal articles, and other sources;
    • Define and plan further studies independently.
  • Date of approval: 02-26-2016
    Approval protocol number: 07-16
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    Program details:

    The program consists of four core courses, three semesters of Legal Research & Writing, a law clinic requirement, and a one semester Thesis component; there are 78 credits of required courses. The remaining credits are selected from a list of elective courses. The program requires a total of 120 ECTS; most courses are 6 ECTS, some are 3 ECTS.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    A lecture consists of two parts, each of length - 60 minutes. Classes are normally between 5 and 25 students.

    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    LAWBUS5112Legal Research and Writing I: Legal Drafting6 1
    LAWBUS5115Comparative Corporate Law6 1
    LAWBUS5120Comparative Contract Law6 1
    LAWBUS5211Legal Research & Writing II: Academic Writing6 2
    LAWBUS5220International Business Transactions6 2
    LAWBUS6115Law Clinic6 3
    LAWBUS6210Thesis30 4

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    LAWBUS5125International Commercial Arbitration6
    LAWBUS5130International Investment Law6
    LAWBUS5135Legal Foundations of the EU6
    LAWBUS5140World Trade Organization Law6
    LAWBUS5146US Legal System6
    LAWBUS5148Internet Law6
    LAWBUS5149Entrepreneurship Development6
    LAWBUS5150White Collar Crime in Criminal Law6
    LAWBUS5215Comparative Property Law6
    LAWBUS5225Comparative Corporate Governance6
    LAWBUS5230English, French and Comparative Law6
    LAWBUS5235EU Internal Market6
    LAWBUS5246Maritime Law6
    LAWBUS5259Intellectual Asset Management & Licensing6
    LAWBUS6131International Banking Law6
    LAWBUS6150International Tax Law of the US6
    LAWBUS6120EU Competiton Law6
    LAWBUS6126Business & Human Rights Law6
    LAWC5316EMoot Court for Masters18
    LAWBUS5122EAdvance moot Court workshop6

    Credits sum:


    Matrix Of Privequisites

    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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