International and Comparative Law (J.D. Certificate)

In a world of continuous change, this program addresses the law’s global dimensions, from intellectual property and commercial transactions to human rights concerns, criminal prosecutions, and environmental matters.

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Chicago-Kent's J.D. Certificate in International and Comparative Law provides fundamental legal skills, familiarity with foreign laws, an understanding of clients' global needs, and a clear vision of what it takes to practice law in the international marketplace.

Students have a variety of opportunities to link course work to externships and foreign law study.

Program Overview

Chicago-Kent's J.D. Certificate in International and Comparative Law provides fundamental legal skills, familiarity with foreign laws, an understanding of clients' global needs, and a clear vision of what it takes to practice law in the international marketplace.

Career Opportunities

Attorneys who focus on international and comparative law often work in-house at corporations or are part of law firms. Many are also employed by United States government agencies, such as the International Trade Commission; the departments of Commerce, State, Defense, and Homeland Security; and the Central Intelligence Agency. Those interested in public interest law often focus on international criminal law, environmental law, and human rights law.

Potential employers include:

  • International corporations
  • Intergovernmental organizations, such as the World Trade Organization or United Nations
  • Law firms
  • Nongovernmental organizations, such as Amnesty International or the World Wildlife Fund
  • U.S. government agencies

Students in the program earn the Certificate in International and Comparative Law by successfully completing 14 credit hours of approved course work, including a 2-credit seminar (or specialized independent research).

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This program is open only to J.D. students at Chicago-Kent College of Law.