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 Courses:                                                                                                            
International Law (description)

*Additional Courses: Student must select any of the following courses,
as necessary to comprise at least 18 total credits of coursework in the concentration:  
Comparative Constitutional Law
Conflict of Laws (description)
Immigration Law (description)
International Business Transactions
International Criminal Justice
International Human Rights (description)
Law and Terrorism                                                                                          

Practice Component: student must complete at least one of the following:
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 faculty supervisor)                                                                                                                         

Study Abroad (must be pre-approved by Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and concentration faculty supervisor)                                                                                                  
Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Int'l Human Rights Clinic (description)

**Student must complete at least one significant piece of legal writing in the area. Writing requirement may be completed as part of an offered course in the concentration or through an independent study.

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

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