Globalization is transforming the practice of law, obliging an increasing proportion of legal professionals to learn how to respond to the challenges presented by transnational and intercultural practice. McGeorge’s International Concentration offers a strong foundation for a broad array of careers, whether your interests draw you toward public service or the private sector, to work abroad or in California, to litigation, transactions or a legislative/regulatory practice. Students who complete the concentration requirements will graduate with a solid grounding in public and private international law, in-depth exposure to at least one specialized doctrinal area, and advanced skills training that can help to provide a bridge to practice.
Explore an International Concentration
- Requirements & Curriculum
- International Concentration Faculty — Students are encouraged to consult with the Faculty Advisor of the Concentration Program, and with professors teaching any of the listed courses, to learn more about how the specific courses may further their academic interests and career goals. The Faculty Advisor, in consultation with the International Studies Committee, is authorized to approve appropriate substitutions of courses or units when necessary to accommodate the specific career goals and interests of individual students, as well as to provide academic counseling. Hether Macfarlane is the Faculty Advisor for the Certificate in International Legal Studies. If you are interested in the Concentration Program, you should contact Professor Macfarlane by email or at 916.739.7215.
How to Apply
Apply by submitting the online concentration form and the International Concentration Registration form, which requires that you attach your resume and Statement of Purpose (at least 200 words on why you want to obtain the concentration and how it fits into your career goals). This application should be submitted at your earliest stages of planning, and in no case may be submitted after the Add/Drop Deadline of your final law school term. Students must schedule an appointment with the Faculty Director to plan their required curriculum and activities.
At Pacific McGeorge, you may interact with J.D. and LL.M. students from many other countries on campus. Students with an international interest participate in a number of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including:
- Global Business & Development Law Journal — The Global Business & Development Law Journal provides a forum for articles, comments and notes by practitioners, legal scholars, and students on current topics of relevance to transnational practitioners.
- International Moot Court Competition Teams — Each year, Pacific McGeorge fields two moot court competition teams in competitions whose subject matter involves international law issues. For the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, held each spring, students prepare a written brief and compete at oral argument on a dispute involving public international law.
- McGeorge International Law Society — McGeorge's International Law Society is a student organization that brings together those interested in international law. Members meet informally to discuss current international legal trends and the society sponsors speakers on current international topics. For example, the Society brought speakers from throughout North America to campus to discuss implications of NAFTA when it was near adoption.
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