International Law Honors Concentration

In an increasingly globalized world, the study of international law subjects is increasingly vital to legal education and practice. The faculty has already recognized this reality by requiring Transnational Law in the first year. Students enrolled in the International Law Honors Concentration (the Concentration) will receive additional instruction and training in subject areas fundamental to the development of a transnational legal practice and in specialized courses related to their individualized career goals.

The Concentration provides a robust framework to guide students seeking to acquire the substantive legal knowledge, skills, work experiences, and professional contacts important for embarking on legal practice informed by international law subjects.

Faculty Concentration Advisors and Advisement

Professors Juli Campagna, Jay Hickey, Julian Ku and Barbara Stark will serve as faculty advisors for this Concentration. Concentration faculty advisors may modify the Concentration requirements in exceptional circumstances upon notice to the Dean.

Guidance from a student’s concentration faculty advisor is an important element of successful completion of the Concentration. A concentration faculty advisor must approve a student’s enrollment in the Concentration. Students should meet with their advisor as soon as they find themselves interested in the Concentration, but in no event later than the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students). An advisor may permit a student to enroll in the Concentration after the course selection deadline for their fourth semester of study (or fifth semester of study for part-time students), but only after determining that the student can realistically meet the requirements of the Concentration prior to graduation.

Once enrolled in the Concentration, students must meet with their faculty advisor at least once per semester, prior to that semester’s course selection deadline, in order to plan their course selection and review their progress in fulfilling the Concentration’s requirements. A student’s concentration faculty advisor must also review and approve the concentration writing requirement.

Course Requirements

Writing Requirement

A student must complete a writing requirement that would satisfy either Writing Requirement I or II in any course, or via any Journal note or Independent Study, on an international law subject or subjects, as approved by the student’s concentration faculty advisor. It is permissible for the writing used to satisfy this requirement be the same writing used by the student to satisfy another Law School requirement.

Professional Development Requirement

The Professional Development Requirement is intended to highlight opportunities for students to gain exposure to and/or experience in the international law fields outside of the classroom and insure that students take advantage of at least one such opportunity. To satisfy the Professional Development Requirement, students must:

  • Participate as a student member of a local, national, and/or international Bar committee;
  • Participate in an international moot court competition;
  • Participate in the International Law Society or Human Rights Law Society; or
  • Engage in any other professional development activity of a similar type approved by the faculty concentration advisor.

Minimum G.P.A.

A minimum G.P.A. of 3.1 is required at the time of concentration. A G.P.A. of 3.1 need not be maintained throughout the student’s time in the Concentration. However a student must graduate with a 3.1 or higher in order to be awarded credit for the Concentration.