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International and Comparative Law Concentration

Legal practice continues to globalize at a rapid pace, and forward-looking lawyers must anticipate that their practices will involve transnational issues, even where the clients are local. Based on this understanding, the School of Law offers a concentration in international and comparative law. The concentration requires a foundational course in public international law which provides grounding in the theoretical framework for understanding international governance. The elective courses within the concentration allow students to specialize in areas of interest, including private and commercial law, human rights, and national and international security and criminal justice matters. When students have completed the coursework, practical learning and writing required for the concentration, they will have developed a solid understanding of international and comparative legal issues that should prepare them for the globalized legal marketplace of today.

Required Course

International Law

Electives

In addition to completing the foundational course, students are required to take additional coursework sufficient to fulfill the balance of the 18 credits required for the concentration. Equivalent courses may be approved by the concentration advisor:

Comparative Constitutional Law
Conflict of Laws
Immigration Law
International Business Transactions
International Criminal Justice
International Human Rights
Law and Terrorism
National Security & Government Accountability

Practice Skills Course

In addition to the required foundational and elective coursework, students are required to complete a practical skills course in one of the following:

  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • International Human Rights Clinic
  • Externship/Internship (An externship or internship need not be in a different country, but must involve a significant amount of work related to international or comparative issues; must be pre-approved by academic dean in consultation with concentration advisor)
  • Study Abroad (must be pre-approved by both Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Concentration Advisor)
  • Independent Study (must be pre-approved by both Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Concentration Advisor)

Writing Requirement

Students are required to complete one significant piece of writing in the concentration area. The writing requirement does not require that students earn any credits beyond the foundational and elective credits described above. However, the topic and the arrangement for fulfilling the writing requirement must be approved in advance by the Concentration Advisor. The paper could be written to fulfill the requirements of a course, an independent study, or a law review note. It may also be possible to fulfill this requirement by completing a substantial piece of writing in conjunction with an externship, such as a draft legal brief, significant legal memorandum, or by writing a paper independently, such as a submission to a writing competition or an article for publication. In all of these arrangements, the prior approval of the Concentration Advisor is required.

International and Comparative Law Concentration Requirement Form

Please go to course descriptions to view all course descriptions and offerings.

**Note: In the case of extraordinary circumstances and undue hardship, the Associate Dean,

in consultation with the Concentration Advisor may propose an alternative means of satisfying the Practice Component

*Note: Some courses will not be offered every Academic Year.