International & Comparative Law Program

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About the International and Comparative Law Program

Overview

Situated at a major global crossroads and with an expansive faculty, a wealth of courses, seminars and clinics, prominent colloquia and symposia, highly regarded student-edited journals, international moot court opportunities, exciting student organizations and the strength and support of a cohesive global community, UCLA Law’s International and Comparative Law Program rivals any in the nation.

The program engages in research, advocacy and public education in a multitude of areas of international and comparative law, including human rights. Our faculty is composed of outstanding legal scholars and renowned international visitors who make UCLA Law a focal point for scholars in these fields. Faculty scholarship and our students’ experience is enhanced by the eminent scholars, practitioners and jurists who regularly present at our school.

Our students can tailor their education to many areas of interest in international and comparative law, such as international human rights, international criminal law, international trade law and international business law, among many others. Clinical programs and externships put faculty and students on the ground in far-flung locations – such as The Hague and the Democratic Republic of Congo – to advocate for justice in courtrooms, on the ground and in the press.

At UCLA Law opportunities for practical training in international and comparative law, including human rights, are nearly boundless. Some students spend an entire semester abroad via the Foreign Legal Study and Exchange Program, while others pursue international externships with the U.S. State Department and other agencies. Advanced degrees, joint degrees, and interdisciplinary coursework are all available.

The program’s rigorous research frames and addresses critical questions about international and comparative law, including international human rights law, its development and application, and its rich offerings to the public include seminars, workshops and lectures that shed light on the gamut of complex issues.

International and Comparative Law Specialization

The International and Comparative Law Specialization is designed for students seeking advanced study in international and comparative law, including international human rights law, and those who intend to practice law in those fields.

International and comparative law is unique as a field of study because it is particularly diverse. Students in the International and Comparative Law Specialization can choose to structure their curriculum to focus on any number of priorities, such as public international law, comparative and foreign law, international human rights law, international criminal law, international trade law and international intellectual property law, among others.