Master of Laws – U.S. Regulatory Trade Law (LL.M.-RTL)

For Trade Compliance Attorneys

Master of Laws – U.S. Regulatory Trade Law

The Master of Laws – U.S. Regulatory Trade Law (LL.M.-RTL) degree centers on the practical application of program topics, building on Dunlap-Stone University’s commitment to offer “Professionally Significant Degrees®.” The program offers a solid foundation in regulatory trade compliance law processes and concepts, while developing core competencies across supportive disciplines. The program is open to students who have completed a juris doctorate degree from an accredited institution (or equivalent). The program prepares practicing attorneys and law school graduates to work in a range of regulatory compliance and legal settings, managing employees, processes and results in accordance with industry best practices and regulatory trade law.

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Log in when you’re available, whether that’s at work or at home. Your reading, lectures, and assignments can be completed on your schedule, but maintain a routine thanks to our structured seminars.


Finish in as few as 14 months! With 7 courses (at 8 weeks each) and only 28 hours needed for degree completion, students can finish in just over one full year, or may complete the program over a longer period of time.


Applicants must submit official transcripts to demonstrate successful complete of a Juris’ Doctorate (J.D.) degree (or foreign equivalent)  as well as core knowledge of the US Government trade regulations.


Connect with classmates as colleagues in the international trade profession, and discover what opportunities exist inside and outside of your organization.

Explore the (LL.M.-RTL) Program:

Learning Outcomes:

◉ Prepared to work in a range of settings, including in industry as counsel and government, overseeing the licensing and legal issues involving the export and import of regulated goods and services.
◉ Identify, explain, describe and apply the fundamental rules, policies and issues related to US regulatory trade compliance law.
◉ Apply critical thinking and analysis skills across regulatory settings, demonstrating ethical decision making.
◉ Utilize legal precepts, regulations, and best practices to demonstrate competency in maintaining regulatory trade compliance.
◉ Identify significant issues within regulatory trade compliance, describe their origins, interpretations and implications within a legal context within scholarly/practitioner works.

Program Entry Requirements

◉ Juris Doctorate Degree
◉ English Language Proficiency
◉ CUSECO® Certification, 12 credit hours compliance coursework or entrance exam.

Program Overview

◉ TRD-519 Regulatory Disclosures
◉ TRD-527 Monitoring Export Compliance
◉ TRD-520 Trade Compliance Special Circumstances
◉ TRD- 535 Agency Regulation in Trade Compliance
◉ TRD-540 Management of Trade Compliance
◉ TRD-528 Trade Compliance Treaties and Guidelines
◉ TRD-555 Capstone Thesis


Estimated Time to Completion

A full-time graduate student completes 24 graduate credit hours per year (six 4-credit hour eight week courses).

A full-time student who has met the entry prerequisite requirements would take slightly longer than one year (56 weeks of classes) to complete the 28 credits of the LL.M.-RTL degree.

Program Cost

Total credit hours per program: 28 credit hours

Cost per credit hour: $590

Total cost with fees: $17,820*

*Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Advisor for the final program cost.


Dunlap-Stone University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed  by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. DEAC is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Read More Here.

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