The Concentration in International and Comparative Law is designed to give students a broad foundation in international and comparative law. The program recognizes J.D. students who complete a required course of study and co-curricular activities in international and/or comparative law offered through the Center for International and Comparative Law. A student earns the Concentration in International and Comparative Law by completing the following requirements.
1. Students who matriculated in or prior to the Fall 2017 semester
The program requires at least 10 credit hours of international and comparative law courses, including International Law, and at least one substantial research paper in international or comparative law. Credits from an approved study abroad program may satisfy some of the requirements for the concentration. The concentration faculty advisor has discretion to approve individually crafted programs of study. For more information, contact the Center for International and Comparative Law.
2. Students who will matriculate in or after the Fall 2018 semester
a. Apply for the Concentration in International and Comparative Law
Students must complete an application, available online or from the Assistant Director, Center for International and Comparative Law. Students should apply as soon as they decide to pursue the concentration. Students are not permitted to apply for the concentration in their last semester of law school.
b. Course requirements
Students must obtain a grade of C or higher in a minimum of 10 credit hours in designated international and/or comparative law courses. Courses and seminars which may be used to satisfy this requirement are updated during each registration period and designated as international and comparative law courses. If a student earns a failing grade in an international and comparative law concentration course or seminar, their eligibility to earn the concentration is subject to the discretion of the faculty advisor. Credits from an approved study abroad program may satisfy some of the requirements for the concentration. The concentration faculty advisor has discretion to approve individually crafted programs of study.
c. Practical experience
Students must gain substantial practical experience in an international and/or comparative law practice setting. This requirement may be completed through one semester of the School of Law Legal Clinic or Externship in international or comparative law; working in a non-credit internship in a practice setting in the United States or abroad; or attending an international conference such as those organized by the American Bar Association Section of International Law, the International Law Student Association, or other applicable organizations, followed by a two-page reflection paper submitted within 30 days of the event or conference, and a follow-up meeting with the Assistant Director, Center for International and Comparative Law.
d. Writing requirement
Students must submit a substantial research paper or a publishable international and/or comparative law paper to be reviewed and approved by the Assistant Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law. Papers completed for a seminar course, directed research, or the Jessup International Law Moot Court Memorandum may satisfy this requirement.
e. Colloquia attendance and three critical summaries
Students must show significant participation in Center for International and Comparative Law activities, including co-curricular undertakings with student involvement and written reflection. Students must attend at least three speaker events and submit three critical summaries over the course of their law school career that focuses on the subject matter within the International and Comparative Law Concentration. Students are encouraged to begin fulfilling this requirement during their first year of law school. Part-time evening students and students with documented class conflicts may view recorded presentations to fulfill the attendance requirement. The critical summaries should consist of a two-page evaluation of the information presented by the speaker and the student’s evaluation of the presentation. Summaries are due within 30 days of the presentation. Summaries are not accepted after the end of semester in which presentation occurred and should be submitted to the Assistant Director, Center for International and Comparative Law.
Please Note: Directed research projects and seminar papers that fulfill the substantial writing requirement must be approved in advanced. If the paper is written for a seminar or class offered through the Center, that faculty member will review the paper for the writing requirement. If the paper is written for a class outside of the Center, the topic must be pre-approved and subsequently reviewed by a member of the CICL faculty with that area of expertise. Each student planning to obtain the Concentration must complete the application for a Concentration in International and Comparative Law and return it to Assistant Director Ira Herenda Trako in room 937.
Representative Courses for the Concentration in International and Comparative Law
- Anthropology of Law (PL)
- Civil and Political Rights of Immigrants
- Comparative Human Rights Law (PL)
- Competition Based Advocacy/Moot Court: Jessup Moot Court
- Conflict of Laws
- Cross Border Litigation: Selected Topics (PL)
- Doing Business in Emerging Markets (PL)
- European Human Rights Law (PL)
- Global Health Law (PL)
- Immigration Law
- Information Privacy Law in the European Union (PL)
- International and Comparative Employment Law
- International Business Transactions
- International Law (PL)
- International Refugee Law and Global Migration (PL)
- International Sale of Goods (PL)
- International Taxation
- International Trade Law
- Introduction to the Civil Law Systems (PL)
- National Security
- Negotiating International Business Transactions
- Protecting Rights in New Democracies (PL)
- Research Methods in International Legal Research
- Seminar: Citizenship, Human Rights & Social Justice (PL)
- Seminar: Corporate Social Responsibility
- Seminar: Death Penalty
- Seminar: International Intellectual Property (PL)