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.

* Any one (1) credit course will only count as half a Group B course towards the specialization, i.e. you would need to take two 1 credit courses to have it count as a single Group B course.

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
  • 348. European Union Law
  • 438. International Environmental Law and Policy
  • 443. Comparative Environmental Law
  • 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
  • 267. Federal Indian Law
  • 304. International Intellectual Property
  • 313. Conflict of Laws (Spring, Spillenger)
  • 318. Law and Sexuality
  • 331. Immigration Law
  • 335. Religious Legal Systems: Jewish Law
  • 338. Islamic Jurisprudence (Abou El Fadi)
  • 369. Anti-Terrorism and Criminal Enforcement
  • 370. International Finance
  • 376. Law and Dissent
  • 383. Political Asylum and Refugee Law
  • 431. Immigration Law and Practice (Fall, Tabaddor)
  • 432. International and Comparative Sports Law
  • 438. International Environmental Law and Policy
  • 457+. Comparative Governance and Constitutional Rights
  • 464. Human Trafficking
  • 507. Seminar: Labor Law and Social Policy
  • 514. Cultural Property Law (Spring, Riley)
  • 528. Seminar: Tribal Legal Systems
  • 549. Seminar: Introduction to Islamic Law
  • 558. Political Crimes and Legal Systems (Spring, Abou el Fadl)
  • 566. Laws of War & the War(s) on Terror (Peake)
  • 570. Introduction to United States Law
  • 583. Foreign Relations Law
  • 584. Seminar: Human Rights and Sexual Politics
  • 611 A+/B. Climate Change and Energy Law
  • 616. Seminar: Theories of International Law
  • 636. Seminar: Current Issues in Chinese Law
  • 637. Good (Native) Governance
  • 639. Seminar: Political Asylum and Refugee Law
  • 653. Advanced Critical Race Theory
  • 657. Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court
  • 659. Comparative Corporate Law
  • 671. Comparative Education: Law and Policy
  • 674. Seminar: The Trafficking in Human Beings: Law and Policy
  • 691. Global Justice
  • 708. Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic
  • 717. Clinical: International Justice Clinic
  • 735. Asylum Clinic
  • 773. Immigrants Rights Policy Clinic (Spring, Motomura/Berra)
  • 782. International Commercial Arbitration Law and Advocacy
  • 811. Arbitration Practicum
  • 955+. Prospects for International Justice
  • 957. Hard Cases Make Bad (Human Rights) Law

+ indicates 1 credit course

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.