The non-thesis track (basic program) requires one year of full-time study and research, from very late June to mid-July of the following year (about 12 and a half months). Course study is followed by time for completion of a research paper, the optional overseas trip to partner institutions, and a public presentation of the student’s research findings.
To obtain the basic LL.M. degree, students must complete 36 credits, with a grade point average of 3.0—the equivalent of the grade “B”. Thirty of the credits are to come from coursework (10 different selected courses), consisting of 48 classroom hours each. The remaining 6 credits are earned by the completion of an independent research paper.
In accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding, between four and six of the courses offered in the Program are the responsibility of the foreign partner universities, while at least six courses are the responsibility of Chulalongkorn University.
With courses taught entirely by foreign instructors, a 3-credit course is normally covered over a 3 week period, consisting of 3 hours per half-day, 5 days a week. Courses taught by local instructors generally are spread out over a longer period of time. Occasionally, to accommodate scheduling, there may be two classes in a single day, separated by an hour lunch break. Normal class is around 10-20 students, and certain classes may receive foreign exchange students from universities abroad.
In addition, the Program offers a 2-year thesis track, consisting of reduced coursework (8 courses for 24 credits) and a second year devoted primarily to the completion of a 12-credit business law thesis. During the second year of study thesis students have the opportunity, if they wish, to take some coursework and/or conduct research abroad at one of the four partner institutions.
Both thesis and non-thesis students may take any of the elective courses offered by the program in Bangkok, and all instruction is conducted in English.
At the end of each course, students are required to take an examination, the format and grading of which is up to the individual professor(s). Examinations may be written or oral. In addition, pursuant to university regulations, non-thesis students are required to pass a comprehensive examination after completion of all coursework in order to be entitled to the LL.M. (Business Law) degree.
Individual Research Paper
Submission of an individual research paper is required to obtain the LL.M. degree in the non-thesis program. The paper earns 6-credits in the course “Individual Study in Business Law,” and the prescribed length is between 35 and 50 double-spaced pages (approximately 9,000 to 13,000 words). The result should be of publishable quality. Students must choose a legal topic within the scope of business law, and, on an announced date, submit their proposed topics and preliminary outlines to a committee for review and suggested improvement. Final approval to proceed is by the program’s Executive Committee. Each student must be supervised by a selected faculty advisor, and each year the program will publish a list of names of qualified persons. Should a student wish to conduct his or her research under the supervision of a legal scholar whose name is not on that list, the student must first seek and receive official approval by the program’s Executive Committee.
The deadline for submission of the final independent research paper is on an announced date, generally near the end of June of the same academic year. Students are also required to present their research findings in public, normally around the middle of July. The paper itself will be graded primarily by the student’s advisor, but is subject to review and approval by the program’s Executive Committee. The public presentation of the research constitutes 20% of the overall final grade and will be judged by a committee composed of at least 3 professors appointed by the Executive Committee.
The LL.M. degrees are granted by Chulalongkorn University, but, in recognition of partner participation, the diplomas are also co-signed by the Deans of those universities.