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Area of Concentration


In today's global economy, lawyers increasingly encounter transnational issues in their practice. The ability to address problems in this global environment requires a solid understanding of international law and an appreciation of political, cultural, and linguistic differences.

The International Legal Studies Program offers an enriched J.D. curriculum in international and comparative law. Classes are taught by talented faculty with academic and practical experience.

The classroom emphasis on theory and practice is complemented with curricular programs providing real-world experience. California Western participates in the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE), which enables students to attend summer programs in Chile, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Malta, and the United Kingdom.

Students may also participate in semester abroad programs in ABA-approved programs throughout the world. These programs enable students to study international or comparative law while earning credits toward their J.D.

In addition, California Western offers a vibrant internship program, where students can receive course credit while receiving real-world experience. Students canintern at law firms, government agencies, international institutions, or nongovernmental organizations in the United States and throughout the world.

Students interested in international law can pursue other opportunities. Students may be invited to join the California Western International Law Journal, which is one of the oldest international law journals in the country. Students may also participate in the interscholastic Jessup International Law Moot Court team, which has competed successfully for many years.

Students electing to pursue this area of concentration must complete four principal requirements:

  1. Five courses in International Law or Comparative Law
  2. Two scholarly papers
  3. An international law-related practicum
  4. Active membership in a relevant student/professional organization.


The core courses are:

  • International Law
  • Comparative Law

Elective courses include:

  • Admiralty Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Human Rights Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Environmental Law
  • Law of the Sea.



For more information, please contact Professors James Cooper and John Noyes