LLM in Business and Corporate Law

The dynamics of doing business both locally and internationally demands legal professionals well-equipped with the knowledge and expertise to deal with complex situations in business transactions. Corporate businesses are ever flourishing in the country and across the globe, and everyone expect this trend to mushroom in the years to come. These realities motivate the law school to respond to the acute demand in legal personal in business and corporate law.


The program is designed to train applicants with background in law. The program focuses on a systematic examination of the basic aspects of the Ethiopian and international business and corporate regime. The study involves a sustained and methodological investigation of its [business and corporate law’s] normative, institutional, procedural and cultural framework. The program is expected to widen the students’ understanding of theoretical background and legal framework of commercial law. Also, the LLM in Business & Corporate Law program will allow the students the flexibility to receive advanced instructions in related yet distinct areas of law. The program is designed in such a way as to enable students acquire an in-depth understanding of how the international and national business regulatory regimes fare in both economic and legal terms. The program will also develop a range of transferable skills, including in research, written and oral presentation.


Graduates will be equipped with an advanced understanding of the legal and theoretical framework of the business, corporate and tax laws of Ethiopia. They will be able to identify problems in business and corporate law and come up with workable solutions. Further, they will acquire the knowledge and skills required to conduct cutting-edge research in a professional manner in their field. Most importantly, graduates are expected to contribute a lot in the understanding and consolidation of the promising business and corporate developments in Ethiopia. Generally, the LLM in Business and Corporate Law prepares students for:


  • a career as an independent researcher in the public and private sector with special focus on business and corporate issues;
  • a career as advisor, consultant, and dispute settlers in matters involving business and corporate issues.


Course Breakdown


The list of courses offered in the program is indicated in the table below by the year and the semester in which they are offered.


  • Advanced Legal Research Methods
  • Comparative Corporate Law
  • Business Regulation
  • International Business Transactions
  • Commercial Dispute Settlement
  • International Economic Law
  • Law of Financial Market & Institutions
  • Law of Corporate Finance & Governance
  • Business Tax Law
  • Ethiopian Competition Policy & Law
  • Seminar on the Law of Public Enterprises & Endowments
  • LLM Thesis