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:
- International Law (3 credits);
- International Business Transactions (3 credits);
- Satisfaction of the Upper Level Writing Requirement (ULW) with a paper focused on international or comparative law content;
- Twelve credits of elective courses (below); and
- 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.
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):
- 5618 Arabic For Lawyers I - 2 Cr. - Burhan Abdullah
- 5619 Arabic For Lawyers II - 2 Cr. - Burhan Abdullah
- 5124 The Civil Law Tradition - 3 Cr. - Curran
- 5304 Commercial Transactions In Goods - 3 Cr. - Flechtner | Hamoudi
- 5213 Conflict Of Laws - 3 Cr. - Wasserman | Demonaco
- 5299 Contemporary Chinese Legal Institutions For The Us Lawyer - 2 Cr. - Givens
- 5857 Diversity In Corporate Governance - 3 Cr. - Branson
- 5637 European Common Market Rules - 2 Cr.
- 5252 European Labor & Employment Law - 3 Cr. - Devos
- 5065 European Private Law - 1 Cr.
- 5636 EU Law: Intel Property Regimes In Europe - 1 Cr.
- 5307 Foreign Affairs, International Law, And The Constitution - 3 Cr. - Lobel
- 5469 French For Lawyers I - 2 Cr. - Desandre
- 5471 French For Lawyers II - 2 Cr. - Desandre
- 5416 German For Lawyers I - 2 Cr.- Stinson
- 5473 German For Lawyers II - 2 Cr. - Stinson
- 5134 Global Health Capstone - 2 Cr. - Barnard
- 5959 Global Health & Human Rights Seminar - 3 Cr. - Barnard
- 5649 Human Rights Litigation - 3 Cr. - Lobel
- 5881 Immigration Law - 2 Cr. - Lebowitz
- 5986 International Arbitration Seminar - 3 Cr. - Curran
- 5043 International Commercial Arbitration - 3 Cr. - Brand
- 5199 International Dispute Resolution Processes - 2 Cr. - Creo
- 5661 International Environmental Law & Policy - 2 Cr. - Martin-Nagle
- 5275 International & Foreign Legal Research - 1 Cr. - Tashbook
- 5653 International Human Rights Law - 3 Cr. - Kovalik
- 5547 International Intellectual Property Law - 3 Cr. - Mueller
- 5858 International Sales Seminar - 2 Cr. - Flechtner
- 5841 International Tax* - 2 Cr. - Infanti
- 5094 International Trade Law - 3 Cr. - Opeida
- 5351 Introduction To European Union Law - 3 Cr. - Wainright
- 5365 Introduction To Russian, And Uzbek Legal Systems* - 2 Cr. - Sipper
- 5866 Islamic Law And Jurisprudence Seminar - 3 Cr. - Hamoudi
- 5808 Law & International Public Policy Seminar - 3 Cr. - Hibbitts
- 5873 Private International Law Seminar* - 3 Cr. - Brand*
- 5040 Public International Law Advocacy - 1 Cr. - Grabmair
- 5475 Spanish For Lawyers I - 2 Cr. - Bozzo
- 5476 Spanish For Lawyers II - 2 Cr. - Bozzo
- 5694 Trademark Law - 3 Cr. - Madison
- 5453 Transnational Litigation - 3 Cr. - Wasserman
- 5253 Transnational Litigation In Courts Around The World - 3 Cr. - Curran
* Offered every other year