Transnational Law Program - Curriculum

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Upon admission to the TLP, each WU student will be assigned an academic advisor.  The student should confer frequently with the academic advisor about, inter alia, selection of electives, seminars, and clinical and skills courses.

First Year

 

August 

Orientation
Includes segment on international & comparative law 

No credit

Fall Semester 

Torts

4 credits

 

Contracts

4 credits

 

Property

4 credits

 

Legal Research & Writing
Special section to include international & comparative law research issues. 

2 credits

 

Total Semester: 

14 credits 

January intersession 

Career Services Orientation
Special emphasis on foreign and international career opportunities, including finding and contacting foreign employers and preparing a CV for foreign employers. 

No credit

Spring Semester 

Civil Procedure

4 credits

 

Constitutional Law I

4 credits

 

Criminal Law

4 credits

 

Legal Research & Writing
Special section to include international & comparative law research issues. 

3 credits

 

Total Semester: 

15 credits 

Summer 

Options: 

up to 6 credits 

 

Other ABA-approved summer study program

 

 

Hague Academy for International Law

 

 

Internship or externship with international employer

 

Second Year

 

Fall Semester 

Courses drawn from upperclass electives, toward satisfying requirements outlined in “Upperclass Requirements,” below.

 

January Intersession 

International / Comparative Law topical short course

1 credit

Spring Semester 

Courses drawn from upperclass electives, toward satisfying requirements outlined in “Upperclass Requirements,” below.

 

Summer 

Employment or internship with an international, foreign or comparative law component is encouraged.

  

Third Year

 

Fall Semester 

Courses drawn from upperclass electives, toward satisfying requirements outlined in “Upperclass Requirements,” below.

 

Spring Semester 

Courses to be taken in Utrecht 

up to 14 credits 

Summer 

Employment or internship with an employer in Europe is encouraged.

  

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR J.D. 

85 CREDITS 

  

Upperclass Requirements

The student must obtain 85 credits for the JD degree.  Twenty-nine credits are earned during the first year, one credit is earned during the second-year intersession, and up to fourteen credits may be earned in Utrecht during the sixth semester  This leaves at least 41 credits to be earned in the second year and the fall semester of the third year. Six of these remaining credits may have been earned at the Summer Institute for Global Justice in the summer following the student’s first year.
 
These 41 (or 35) “upperclass credits” must be distributed as follows:
 

Required Courses 

Legal Profession (or equivalent)
This requirement must be satisfied at WU Law and is not satisfied by taking an ethics course in Europe. 

3 credits

 

International Law (or equivalent)
This requirement must be satisfied at WU Law and is not satisfied by taking an introductory course in international law in Europe. 

3 credits

 

International or comparative skills course

6 credits

 

Current offerings include:
International Courts & Tribunals: Practice & Procedure 

  

 

One international/comparative seminar

3 credits

 

Current seminar options include:
Socialist Law in Transition seminar
Immigrants’ Rights seminar
International Investment Law
International Legal Process: The Crime of Terrorism 

  

  

TOTAL REQUIRED COURSES 

15 credits 

  

  

  

International & Comparative Law minimum 

Current offerings that would satisfy this requirement include:
Antitrust in the World Economy
Comparative Law
European Union Law
Global Warming & the Law
History of European Law
Immigration Law
International Business Transactions
International Courts & Tribunals—Practice & Procedure
International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
International Intellectual Property Law
International Investment Law
International Organizations
International Taxation
Introduction to Chinese Law
Readings in Japanese Law
Terrorism & Human Rights
Transnational Litigation 

6 credits

Topical Electives 

An asterisk indicates that the course also contributes toward the International & Comparative Law minimum requirement.  Courses may be added to or deleted from this list, based upon the School of Law’s offerings in a given semester. 

30 credits

  

“Private Track”
Offerings include:
    *Antitrust in the World Economy
    Administrative Law
    Bankruptcy
    Business Acquisitions
    *Comparative Law
    Copyright & Related Rights
    Corporate Taxation
    Corporations
    Employment Law
    Evidence
    Federal Income Taxation
    Federal Jurisdiction
    *Int’l Business Transactions
    *Int’l Intellectual Property Law
    *International Taxation
    *International Legal Process
    *Immigration Law
    *Introduction to Chinese Law
    Law of Oil & Gas
    Patent Law
    Securities Regulation
    Trademarks & Unfair Competition
    *Transnational Litigation

“Public Track”
Offerings Include:
    Administrative Law
    American Indian Law
    Constitution & Foreign Affairs
    Environmental Law
    Family Law
    First Amendment Theory
    *Global Warming & the Law
    *Immigration Law
    Individual Rights & the Constitution
    *International Human Rights Law
    *International Criminal Law
    *International Organizations
    *Introduction to Chinese Law
    Legislation
    National Security Law
    Speech, Press & the Constitution