The Department of International Legal Studies at Harvard Law ensures that the University continues to situate its legal education within a global context. Every first-year JD student is required to enroll in an international and/or comparative law course and the variety of offerings in these disciplines continues throughout the academic path. The distinction between international and domestic law is no longer clear-cut and students can expect to experience an integrated internationalism in whichever course of study they follow at Harvard Law School.
International Law is promoted as an area of interest at Yale Law School that runs throughout a range of topics and courses covered in the academic curriculum. Larger, ‘traditional classroom’ courses include Comparative Law, Introduction to Transnational Law and International Human Rights Law to name a few. However, Yale Law School offers an exceptionally broad range of classes that engage international, comparative and foreign law issues and since students can start taking elective course in their first year, they have access to these courses from early on in their academic careers.
The Postgraduate Diploma in International Law at Cambridge University is a one-year research course which gives students the opportunity to pursue their own research topic relevant to International Law under the supervision of a Cambridge professor. This program aims to equip students with the relevant research skills and to specialise their knowledge in a chosen topic. Students are expected to submit a dissertation at the end of the academic year.
Columbia Law School is home to a new generation of international law professors conducting cutting-edge research, and infusing the curriculum with new and innovative scholarship and teaching. The School has also developed innovative double-degree and semester study-abroad programs with international partner institutions in its efforts to broaden the scope of study for Columbia students. A number of student-run journals focus on international law issues as well as several projects run by the school.
International Law is offered as a course of study at Stanford University in which students gain a general understanding if international law and its role in today’s complex and interdependent world. International and Comparative Law is also offered as one of Stanford’s ‘area of interest’ programs which recognises the ever changing nature of legal practice and how this has to be considered within a global realm. This program therefore offers an interdisciplinary perspective which considers the study and research of a variety of topics.
The University of Chicago Law School has a broad commitment to the study and practice of International Law. This is seen in its offering of over 30 elective courses in international and comparative law. The Law School also ensures that it maintains a diverse faculty and has a number of faculty members who specialise in areas of international law. The school also produces the Chicago Journal of International Law – a student-edited forum for discussion and analysis of international law and policy issues.
NYU School of Law prides itself on its dynamic program in international law and global governance. From human rights and international humanitarian law, to trade, finance and investment, from global environmental and energy law to United Nations and World Bank practice, from transnational arbitration to international legal theory – the curriculum at NYU School of Law covers a truly in-depth offering of international legal study. Students are encouraged to engage with these International Law topics through curriculum coursework as well as through research and practice.
Public International Law is a central component of teaching and research at the LSE. The school offers a number of general public international law courses for undergraduate students, together with a wide range of LLM options. Specialised courses may vary year-to-year but ’Rethinking International Law’, an advanced public international law course, is offered consistently. Along with these taught programs, the school supervises the research of a large number of doctoral students working on issues related to public international law.
International Law at Oxford benefits from deep connections with scholarship and teaching in other allied fields in the Faculty of Law, including human rights Law, environmental law, and legal philosophy. For undergraduates, Public International Law may be taken as an elective course and at graduate level there are a number of options for integrating Public International Law courses into one’s curriculum. The study of international law also has a central role in research programs and graduate courses in other Centres and Institutes across the University, making it a truly interdisciplinary field of study.
Berkeley Law has a long history of integrating international and comparative legal studies into its education. From a robust coursework offering to its diverse faculty, it also offers enhanced research centers and clinics that focus on real-world global challenges and emerging issues. The school also offers an international law journal, symposia, meetings with prominent practitioners and student-run clinics which all help to position students to take on leadership roles in international law.