Business class, Paul Merage School of Business

ACP International Business Law


Foundational knowledge of the laws and regulations that affect private international business transactions is essential to making good business decisions. This program teaches business professionals how to recognize and understand the major legal issues that arise in the negotiation, structuring, and implementation of deals involving the private sectors of commerce – contracts, property, and torts.


  • Examine legal concepts for today’s global marketplace, such as protections for intellectual property, contract enforcement, environmental protection, and labor standards
  • Explore economic policies and laws for international commercial transactions, licensing procedures, and tariffs and taxes
  • Identify potential legal issues before they adversely affect business interests or the bottom line
  • Apply business law concepts to cases and problems to simulate real world situations
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company

Who Should Attend

This program is designed to prepare business professionals with the knowledge and training needed to navigate the current legal and business environment and manage international private business transactions.

Certificate Requirements

To earn a certificate at UCI Division of Continuing Education, students must complete all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.


Introduction to an ACP

Gain an overview of the American higher educational system and develop the academic skills necessary to ensure your success in an ACP.

Professional Communications Seminar (PCS)

Understand American business culture, sharpen your communication, presentation, and writing skills, learn professional etiquette, and improve your business English.

International Contract Law

Examine the contracting principles that govern the sale of goods and services. Learn the concepts of formation, risk, performance, breach of contract, and warranties. Study the international sales process, including the basic expectations and risks of the seller and the buyer in any sales transaction, as well as the international trade law considerations in international sales contracts.

International Sales Law

Explore the issues in international sales transactions such as choice of law, the United
Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and letters of credit commonly used to provide a mechanism for payment. Learn which law governs an international sales contract, how the choice of law is determined, and how it applies to international sales.

Intellectual Property

Learn how the legal systems of various countries involved in international business protect intellectual property rights. Explore the key concepts of trade secrets, copyright, trademark, and patent law. Understand the scope and the effect on business markets of commercial piracy including counterfeit goods and patent infringement.

International Dispute Resolution

Identify how disputes arise from international business deals and how they are settled, including the various methods of judicial and alternative dispute resolution. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the various options available for resolution of legal disputes in international business transactions including negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

Foreign Direct Investments

Analyze the acquisition of business interests across national boundaries through investment capital, technology, and other resources. Study which considerations a business might weigh in determining if and where to make foreign direct investments, as well as the traditional framework for protecting foreign direct investments under decisions issued by the International Court of Justice. Explore the multilateral and bilateral investment treaties governing international investment law such as NAFTA and other investor-state arbitration systems.

Corporate Social Responsibility for Multinational Enterprises

Understand the obligations of multinational enterprises concerning issues of human rights, labor conditions, and the environment. Study the corporate social responsibility concerns faced by multinational enterprises and businesses that engage in international business transactions, as well as various voluntary international corporate social responsibility standards and programs.



As an optional last course and for an additional fee of $2,400, you have the opportunity to apply academic theory and gain practical experience in a variety of businesses and industries for up to three months. A research project provides additional training. Also included in the internship is the Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills workshop.
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