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California Western --
Certificate Program in Comparative & International Law

California Western offers a Certificate Program in Comparative and International Law for lawyers, judges, and legal academics and scholars who are available to visit the U.S. for only one semester.

Requirements to qualify for a Certificate in International and Comparative Law:

  1. One (1) required 2-credit course, Legal Research and Writing

  2. Up to eight (8) additional credit hours (for a total of 10 credits maximum) in qualifying elective courses and seminars (based upon availability) which may include a faculty-supervised scholarly writing/independent study project (up to 3 credit hours) with the program director’s permission

General Requirements and Information:

  • Certificate applicants must meet the same general requirements as those applying for the LL.M./M.C.L. program (including a minimum TOEFL of 550/213, IBT, IELTS, application, personal statement, law degree, reference letters, financial support verification, transcripts)

  • Students must attend the trimester-long program as full time students (at least 8 credits) in order to be eligible for an F-1 student visa

  • Students in the certificate program will receive a Certificate, not a degree

  • The certificate program is strictly an on-campus program

  • Certificate students may attend either the fall trimester or the spring trimester (not summer)

  • Certificate students will be graded on the same scale (and with the same rigorous standards) as those students in the LL.M./M.C.L. program