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International Law

In the global community of the twenty-first century, every important area of legal practice involves an international dimension including the law regarding commerce, corporations, telecommunications, trade, the environment, tax, investments, finance, intellectual property, product liability, crimes, constitutions, and human rights. Consider how fast events in one country affect circumstances in other countries, whether they are ecological disasters, shifts in international capital and investments, securities fraud, trade disputes, international terrorism, and many other situations that have legal implications across national borders. Even the general practitioner needs to understand when an international or foreign legal question will arise in planning, advising, litigating, or negotiating for a client.

Students who develop a more specialized background in International Law will be well positioned for wide ranging professional practice. Among other things, lawyers with a keen interest and knowledge in International Law counsel international corporate clients, advise individuals and families on immigration matters, and work for international institutions, government entities, and non-governmental organizations around the world.


  • Conflict of Laws
  • Crimmigration
  • Human Rights Seminar
  • Immigration Law and Policy
  • International Litigation and Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • International Tax
  • Practical Applications of Immigration Law Topics
  • Public International Law

Sample Student Schedules

Linked here are two samples of student schedules of fictitious students who are interested in international law. These are designed to give some idea of the many ways courses can be woven into a curriculum designed to build your knowledge of international law and other areas of the law, prepare you to take a bar exam, and help you acquire professional skills. You can create many wonderful schedules that meet these goals. These two are merely samples that, frankly, should only be used to spur your ideas about the best curriculum for you. You may also want to discuss your scheduling choices with professors, practitioners, upper-level students and Dean Oliver. Please remember that you must ensure that your schedule will meet all the requirements for graduation. Also remember that the classes listed in these sample schedules may not be offered in the particular semester shown here while you are in law school and that the number of credits may vary from year to year.

John Corwin – Student interested in working in a corporation with international business
Gena Para – Student interested in working for an international human rights organization

Other Student Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Legal Externships
  • Judicial Externships
  • Human Rights Externships
    • Recently students have used these fellowships to take part in summer work experiences with the following international organizations: United Nations Development Program, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, International Atomic Energy Agency, Global Rights, The Climate Institute, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. Students have recently worked in Bolivia, Botswana,Chile,China,England,Geneva, Ireland and Netherlands.

Centers and Institutes


Other Student Activities

Student Organizations

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Felix Chang
Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Institute for the Global Practice of Law

Jacob Katz Cogan
Professor of Law

Bert B. Lockwood
Distinguished Service Professor of Law and
Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights

UC Alumni Careers

Some places our graduates have worked include:

  • Baker & McKenzie, Switzerland
  • United Nations Development Programme, Sudan
  • Proskauer Rose, China
  • Private Client Bank, Switzerland
  • Essex University Children's Law Centre, United Kingdom
  • Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation, Qatar/Pakistan

Taegin Stevenson ’07. Before coming to the College of Law as an Urban Morgan Fellow, Stevenson earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs at Florida State University, where she worked with the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Terry Coonan, who is also a former Morgan Fellow. During her law school years she served on the Moot Court Honor Board and as the Managing Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly. She spent summers working in Botswana as a law clerk at the High Court of Botswana and in Washington, D.C. at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. Since 2008 Stevenson has been the Program Coordinator for the International Justice and Litigation Programs at the Open Society Justice Initiative where she works on international criminal law and strategic litigation.

Kate Pongonis '97. As a United States Foreign Service Officer, Pongonis is a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. (Read more)