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.

Please visit this page 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
  • 278.   Comparative Law
  • 298.   International Criminal Law
  • 335.   Religious Legal Systems: Jewish Law
  • 348.   European Union Law
  • 438.   International Environmental Law and Policy
  • 549.   Seminar: Islamic Jurisprudence

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

  • 224.    Taxation in a Global Economy 
  • 259.    International Commercial Arbitration 
  • 304.    International Intellectual Property 
  • 370.    International Finance
  • 436.    International Migration
  • 507.    Seminar: Labor Law and Social Policy
  • 516.    Seminar: International Justice Debates in Context
  • 523.    Seminar: Health and Human Rights Colloquium
  • 542.    Seminar: Comparative Sexual Orientation Law
  • 566.    Seminar: Laws of War and War(s) on Terror
  • 584.    Seminar: Human Rights and Sexual Politics 
  • 614.    Seminar: Global Perspectives on Criminal Procedure
  • 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
  • 663.    Seminar: Transnational CRT: Racialization and Positive Action Around the Globe
  • 717.    Clinical: International Justice 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.


Updated 10/31/2013