Hi! Did you know your browser is outdated? For a more robust web experience we recommend using Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Opera.
Legalpalooza056_thumb
Second Annual Legalpalooza! Introduces Students to Career Options and PractitionersStory
Serra Falk Goldman2_trustee_thumb
USF Trustees Welcome New MembersStory
SuperLawyers 2014 event_181_thumb
318 USF Alumni Named 2014 Super LawyersStory
John Latino Educator award_thumb
Dean Honored With 2014 SF Latino Heritage AwardStory
Brand and Phair_thumb
Inaugural Brand Pursuit of Justice Fellow Heads to ThailandStory
Clinic win by Katie Finch
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic Student’s Investigation Helps Exonerate ClientStory
Cometria Cooper_thumb
Cometria Cooper Named One of National Bar Association’s Top Trailblazers Under 40Story

International & Comparative Law Course Requirements
Fall 2013 and Later

To earn the International and Comparative Law Certificate, a student must (1) complete at least 9 units of approved course work in the subject area, including at least two of the following core courses; (2) complete a practicum requirement related to international and comparative law; and (3) complete an Upper Level Research and Writing Requirement analyzing an issue related to international and comparative law.
 
Any remaining units (to reach the required total of 9 units) must be completed by taking additional core courses and/or courses from the list of approved ICL elective courses.

Note: the curriculum below is subject to change and not all courses are offered every year.

Required Courses (choose two) Units
Comparative Law 3
International Business Transactions 3
International Human Rights 3
Public International Law 2
Elective Courses Units
Asian Legal Systems 3
(Topics in) Chinese Law (course names vary each semester) 2
 European Union Law / Topics in European Union Law  (course names vary each semester) 2
International Advocacy and Research (may count for Either course work OR the practicum requirement) 2
International Civil Dispute Resolution 2
International Criminal Law 3
International Development Seminar 3
International Environmental Law 3
International Intellectual Property 2
International Taxation 2 or 3
Legal Issues and Terrorism Post 9/11 3
Plus qualifying international law classroom courses completed in:
•  the one unit classroom course taken in USF summer abroad externship programs
•  courses taken in a USF international semester exchange program

Study Abroad

The University of San Francisco School of Law offers summer study abroad opportunities that meet the certificate requirements. Participation is not required, but it is strongly recommended that certificate applicants participate in at least one of these program.

Practicum Requirement

To earn the certificate, a student must participate in an experiential learning activity that is focused on international & comparative law.  Students must fulfill this practicum requirement in one of  the following ways:
(1) completion of the International Human Rights Clinic;
(2) completion of a three unit (minimum) externship relevant to international & comparative law;
(3) completion of 141 hours of paid work relevant to international comparative law; or
(4) completion of a simulation or professional skills class that designated as "ICL Prac" on the course schedule

Writing Requirement

To earn the certificate, a student must complete a substantial research paper analyzing an issue relevant to international or comparative law. The paper must demonstrate the ability to identify, describe, and analyze the subject matter, and, if possible, should, where possible, propose a resolution. The paper must meet the standards for an Upper Level Research and Writing Requirement project and may be used to satisfy that requirement and/or the requirements of a course taken for credit.

Scholastic Requirements

International and Comparative Law Certificate recipients must achieve a grade of C+ or higher in each course applied to meet the certificate requirements and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.700 or higher for all courses applied to the certificate. 

A student achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.500 or higher for all courses applied to meet the requirements of the certificate is awarded the certificate with honors.

Transfer Units

All course work must be taken at USF with the exception of one elective course (for a maximum of three units of credit). If a student wishes to apply a course taken at another law school to meet the requirements of the International and Comparative Law Certificate, prior approval must be obtained by the assistant dean for academic services. The student must take the course for a letter grade and earn a grade of C+ or higher for credit to be applied to the ICL Certificate.

A course taken at another law school will be transferred as "credit" only for purposes of determining the International and Comparative Law Certificate grade point average as well as for calculating the USF semester and cumulative grade point average.

Applying for the Certificate

To be eligible to receive an International and Comparative Law Certificate, a student must submit an application to the USF School of Law Office of the Registrar. Applications will not be accepted until the student's second-to-last semester. Applications must be submitted on or before the last day to drop classes in that semester.

Students may obtain only one certificate. No student will be awarded more than one certificate upon completion of the JD degree, even if such student completed the requirements to more than one certificate program.

It is each student's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for the International and Comparative Law Certificate are satisfied in a timely manner.