The International and Comparative Law Concentration helps to prepare students for careers in either public or private international law as well as offering students the opportunity to explore topics from a comparative perspective.
The International and Comparative Law Concentration courses cover a wide range of topics. Students interested in public international law will take courses that examine the structure and operation of the United Nations and other international organizations, such as the WTO and World Bank. Courses in international environmental law and international criminal law, as well as a seminar on international criminal law tribunals, are offered. Students interested in international business can choose from courses in international business transactions, international tax, and immigration. Finally, a broad spectrum of comparative law courses will allow students to explore legal topics through the lens of other legal systems.
A single foundational course – International Law – serves as the cornerstone for the International and Comparative Law concentration. Thereafter, students choose five additional courses from a wide variety of pre-selected courses that will further develop their background in the area. Finally, students will have to complete a major writing project in the area of international or comparative law.
Students must attain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in courses taken in the concentration. Moreover, students may not earn below a C+ in more than one non-foundational course in order to complete the concentration. Students may take no more than one course on a pass/fail basis toward completion of the concentration.