J.D. Certificate Program in International and Comparative Law

In a continuously changing and increasingly interconnected world, an international dimension informs almost every area of law, whether it be intellectual property, commercial transactions, human rights, the environment or criminal prosecutions.

IIT Chicago-Kent's world view is well established, encouraging students to appreciate and adapt to global influences. The Certificate Program in International and Comparative Law teaches J.D. students to conduct international business transactions, navigate foreign legal regimes, and understand institutions such as the International Court of Justice, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization. The program also offers opportunities for students to apply what they've learned in their course work, either through externships abroad or with Chicago-area law firms, consulates and corporations that have an international focus.

The study of international and comparative law at Chicago-Kent is augmented by the comprehensive resources available in the school's library, which houses collections on the European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations, and the World Health Organization, among others. Certificate program students can also take part in the many study abroad options available to J.D. students. Study abroad destinations include Germany, China, Denmark, England, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, South Korea, and Switzerland.

Certificate program students are further enabled to deepen their involvement in and understanding of this dynamic field by participating in Chicago-Kent's International Law Moot Court Honors Society, the International Law Student Association and the Journal of International and Comparative Law.

In addition, Chicago-Kent offers advanced studies, leading to graduate LL.M. degrees in international and comparative law and international intellectual property law. The LL.M. programs at Chicago-Kent attract students from such far-flung locales as the People's Republic of China, Germany, India, France, South Africa, Peru, Austria, Brazil, Thailand, Belgium, Ecuador, Mexico, Japan, and Papua New Guinea. The perspectives brought to Chicago-Kent by foreign-born students, many of whom are Fulbright Fellows, adds greatly to the educational development of their American classmates.

If you are interested in learning more about the Certificate Program in International and Comparative Law, or enhancing your legal education with an international dimension in the many other ways available to Chicago-Kent students, please contact the Office of International Law and Policy at Chicago-Kent or complete the online application.