International and Comparative Law

An increasingly globalized world poses an unprecedented number of challenges and opportunities for the legal profession. Whether it be human rights or transnational commerce, recourse to international law has increased as a means of seeking redress. This globalization has created a new role within the legal profession: the global lawyer. Our world-class faculty and curriculum prepare law students, who come from around the U.S. and overseas, to work as prosecutors, defense counsel and support attorneys at international criminal tribunals abroad, commercial litigators before international arbitrators, or as transactional lawyers fluent in multiple legal systems.

The law school prepares its students for practice in this global legal environment. Whether our graduates plan to practice private or public international law or develop a local portfolio, we recognize that every lawyer must be equipped to practice law across international boundaries. Opportunities abound both on-campus, across the U.S., and abroad. Students can enter the Transnational Law Program where they’ll study here and in Europe; perform internships abroad; participate in our award-winning international moot court teams; or write for the Global Studies Law Review.

The focal point for the law school’s comparative, international and transnational programming is the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. The Harris Institute hosts conferences, sponsors guest lectures, and works with faculty and students to focus school, university and community resources on areas of common interest. The Harris Institute also provides opportunities for students to work in international legal settings through Harris Institute projects and summer fellowships. Students now can apply for a coveted clerkship at the International Court of Justice through the Law School’s new institutional arrangement with the Registrar of the Court.