For students who are interested in a career involving international law, foreign law, or transactions and activities that cross borders, completing the International Law Concentration will help to distinguish them from other job applicants and give them the confidence and skills to practice in a global setting. The International Law Concentration allows students the flexibility of taking courses in international trade and business, public international law and human rights, and foreign legal systems. Many students in the concentration choose to go abroad on one of the school’s exchange programs. Students who are interested in this concentration should enroll in The Practice of International Law Seminar in the fall of their 2L year.
Students are required to take 20 units of international law courses including The Practice of International Law Seminar plus at least one course in each of three areas: General International Law; Foreign and Comparative Law; and Private, Economic, and Transactional International Law. An equivalent course taken as part of a study abroad program may count towards ONE of the three distribution requirements, and other courses taken as part of a foreign exchange program may count for up to 12 credits of the total credits required, with the approval of the Concentration Advisor. The Concentration Advisor may also waive The Practice of International Law Seminar in exceptional circumstances for students who choose to study abroad.
Students must also write a substantial research paper that demonstrates professional and scholarly proficiency in research, analysis, and writing on some aspect of international or comparative law, either through enrollment in a seminar taught by a regular faculty member or through a 2-unit independent study under the supervision of a regular faculty member.
Note: J.D. students who are graduating in 2015 or 2016 may elect to satisfy either these requirements or the previously published requirements, which included International Law, Comparative Law, and the Advanced Topics in International Law Seminar.
Advisor: Professor Chimène Keitner
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED: 20
A. Required Courses
B. General International Law Courses
C. Comparative and Foreign Law Courses
D. Private, Economic, and Transactional International Law Courses
E. Other Qualifying Electives
The list of courses within the categories above is up to date as of the publication of this posting. New courses are sometimes added to the curriculum subsequent to publication. Therefore, if a student finds a course in the curriculum not listed above, but which the student thinks might count toward concentration requirements, the student should check with the concentration advisor regarding the eligibility of the course to satisfy concentration requirements.