LL.M. Specialization in International and Comparative Law

Specialization Requirements

To be awarded the specialization in International and Comparative Law, students must maintain a B- (2.7) grade average in courses taken for the specialization.

Visit our course list for descriptions of the courses below. for detailed descriptions of the courses listed below. Prospective students should bear in mind that, due to curriculum scheduling and faculty availability, not every class listed is taught each year. This is most often true in the case of seminar courses. A sufficient number of courses will be available to enable those students who choose to specialize to satisfy the specialization requirements.

Group A (At least two courses are required):

  • 269. National Security Law
  • 270. Public International Law
  • 271. International Business Transactions
  • 272. International Trade Law
  • 273. International Human Rights Law
  • 277. Comparative Constitutional Law
  • 278. Comparative Law
  • 298. International Criminal Law
  • 332. Immigrants’ Rights
  • 348. European Union Law
  • 438. International Environmental Law and Policy
  • 614. Seminar: Global Perspectives on Criminal Procedure

Group B (Sum of courses from Groups A and B must equal at least four):

  • 214. Civil Rights
  • 224. Taxation in a Global Economy
  • 232. Cybersecurity Law and Policy
  • 259. International Commercial Arbitration
  • 266. Critical Race Theory
  • 318. Law and Sexuality
  • 331. Immigration Law
  • 335. Religious Legal Systems: Jewish Law
  • 338. Islamic Jurisprudence
  • 367. Law and Terrorism
  • 369. Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement
  • 370. International Finance
  • 376. Law and Dissent
  • 383. Political Asylum and Refugee Law
  • 436. International Migration
  • 507. Seminar: Labor Law and Social Policy
  • 523. Seminar: Health and Human Rights Colloquium
  • 528. Seminar: Tribal Legal Systems
  • 542. Seminar: Comparative Sexual Orientation Law
  • 549. Seminar: Introduction to Islamic Law
  • 566. Seminar: Laws of War and War(s) on Terror
  • 584. Seminar: Human Rights and Sexual Politics
  • 616. Seminar: Theories of International Law
  • 633. Seminar: International Rule-of-Law Promotion
  • 636. Seminar: Current Issues in Chinese Law
  • 639. Seminar: Political Asylum and Refugee Law
  • 658. Seminar: International and Comparative Women’s Human Rights
  • 663. Seminar: Transnational CRT: Racialization and Positive Action Around the Globe
  • 674. Seminar: The Trafficking in Human Beings: Law and Policy
  • 717. Clinical: International Justice Clinic
  • 735. Asylum Clinic
  • 748. Clinical: Human Rights and International Criminal Law
  • 811. Arbitration Practicum

The above requirements notwithstanding, a graduate of a non-U.S. law school may instead satisfy the requirements of this specialization by successfully completing Law 278 (Comparative Law), three U.S. law courses, and a substantial paper that considers U.S. law in comparative context.