International and Comparative Law Certificate

The International & Comparative Law Certificate program is intended to provide a foundation for careers and further study in the application of legal regimes to transnational and international relationships.

To receive the International & Comparative Law Certificate upon graduation, students must complete the following courses:

  1. International Law (3 credits);
  2. International Business Transactions (3 credits);
  3. Satisfaction of the Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULW) with a paper focused on international or comparative law content;
  4. Twelve credits of elective courses (below); and
  5. Attendance at two designated CILE programs in each of the candidate’s 2L and 3L years at the School of Law.


To register for the International & Comparative Law certificate program, complete the Registrar's online form at any time during the school year.

Elective Courses

The courses that qualify as international and comparative law electives for purposes of the Certificate requirements are determined annually. In general, a course will satisfy the elective requirement if at least 25 percent of its content is in the areas of international or comparative law. Listed below are courses offered in recent years that have satisfied this elective requirement – you should consult the schedule of courses for any given term to determine what courses are being offered and the credits awarded. For new course offerings, you should contact CILE to determine if a given course will satisfy the elective requirement. Courses in the School of Law that do not have a predominantly international or comparative law subject matter may be approved for elective purposes on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the CILE Academic Director if, in practice, the student’s work in the class included that element in a particularly substantial manner; for example, the student satisfies the written requirement of a “W” course with a paper using a comparative law approach. (Note this would not be permitted if the given paper was also being used to satisfy the ULW requirement.)

Coursework outside the School of Law may also be eligible to satisfy up to 3 elective credits if the CILE Academic Director determines that at least 25 precent of its content is in international topics, that it otherwise is an appropriate course for these purposes, and the use of these credits has been approved by the Associate Dean of the School of Law as qualifying under School policy for the six credits of non-School of Law coursework permitted to be credited towards the JD degree. Proposed elective courses outside the School of Law must be approved in advance by the CILE Academic Director as well as in accordance with general School of Law policies.

Examples of School of Law courses satisfying the Certificate elective requirement in past years (please check the current year schedule and catalog for current offerings, instructors and credits awarded):

* Offered every other year