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International Legal Studies Requirements & Curriculum

Basic Courses — eight (8) units

Public International Law (offered in the Fall) 3
International Business Transactions (Spring) or Transnational Litigation (Fall) 1 3
International and Foreign Legal Research (Spring) 2 1

Elective Courses — eight (8) units3

European Fiscal Crisis (Fall) 3
Immigration and Naturalization Law (Fall) 3
International Banking (Fall) 2
International Business Agreements (Spring) 1
International Criminal Law (Fall) 2
International Environmental Law (Fall) 3
International Intellectual Property (Fall) 2
International Protection of Human Rights (Fall) 3
International Water Resources Law Seminar (Spring) 3
Law of Armed Conflict (Spring) 2
Lawyering for Immigrants: A Service Learning Practicum (Fall) 2
Legal Spanish for U.S. Lawyers (Spring) 2
U.S. Taxation of International Transactions (Spring) 3

1 Students are required to take either Transnational Litigation or International Business Transactions. Students may choose to take both courses, with one of them serving as an Elective.
2 For 2013-2014, International and Foreign Legal Research has been reduced to one (1) unit. Therefore, the Academic Requirements for the Certificate are now Minimum 15 units. The Elective Courses requirement remains eight (8) units. This course requirement may be waived by the Faculty Advisor for students who gain equivalent expertise by serving as a research assistant to a professor on a topic of international or comparative law or engaging in directed research on a significant international or comparative topic.
3 The Faculty Advisor has discretion to allow students to satisfy the certificate requirements through completion of other elective courses upon a showing that those courses meet the objectives of the requirement in each individual student's case.
4 Available during the Pacific McGeorge Summer Program at the University of Salzburg Faculty of Law.

Experiential Activities

Students must include as part of their program an experiential activity that broadens or deepens their study of international and intercultural topics. Activities that satisfy this requirement include, but are not limited to:

  • Participation on an international moot court competition team
  • A clinical experience such as the McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic
  • Overseas study (summer or semester) that requires significant intercultural exposure (as, for example, courses taught in languages other than English, seminar courses that involve working with or significant interaction with non-U.S. law students, or programs in which U.S. law students represent a minority of the students enrolled)
  • In-depth intellectual exposure to an international topic leading to the production of a significant written product outside the context of a structured course with an examination (as, for example, writing an article on a topic of international or transnational law for an academic journal, including the McGeorge Global Business and Law Journal and the McGeorge Law Review, or a directed research project)
  • Internship or externship with a transnational or international focus
  • Research assistant working on a project with a significant international or comparative research component


Contact Hether Macfarlane, Faculty Advisor for the Certificate in International Legal Studies
Email | 916.739.7215