Upper-Level International Law Course Suggestions
The foundational course in international law is the required first-year course in International Legal Analysis.
The following specialized international law courses will be offered in the 2011-2012 academic year:
- International Business Transactions (Fall 2011)
- Cross-Border IP Transactions (January 2012)
- International Human Rights Clinic (Spring 2012)
In addition, the law school is fielding a Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. The competition exposes participants to cutting edge issues in public international law, and offers them an opportunity for intensive work on international legal research and advocacy, both written and oral.
International practice requires much of the same knowledge and many of the same skills needed for domestic practice. Dispute resolution knowledge and skills are especially important. Therefore, Dispute Resolution (Fall 2011) is strongly recommended. Moreover, if you are interested in international litigation, you should seriously consider courses such as Evidence (offered both semesters) and Trial Practice (Fall 2011); and if you are interested in international business transactions, you should not only take International Business Transactions, but also seriously consider Business Associations (Fall 2011) and perhaps also Advanced Legal Writing: Business Drafting (Spring 2012), Representing Business Clients (Spring 2012) and/or a clinic with a transactional component (such as the Community and Economic Development Clinic, offered both semesters).
Many areas of international practice involve substantive problems covered in upper division courses. These include Antitrust, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Immigration Law, Insurance Law, Intellectual Property (including Copyright and Patent), and Tax. Some of these courses—including Environmental Law—include international law topics. If you are interested in an international practice focusing on one of these areas of law, you should seriously consider taking one or more of the corresponding courses or clinics.