Curriculum and Requirements

IIT Chicago-Kent's Certificate Program 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 in the program earn the Certificate in International and Comparative Law by successfully completing 14 credit hours of approved course work, which includes a 2-credit seminar (or specialized independent research). Students are required to take nine hours of core courses and the rest in elective courses and seminars.

The law school library offers the resources needed for significant research on international law. One of the few libraries in the United States with a comprehensive collection of papers on the United Nations and the European Economic Community, it serves as key support for the expanding international law curriculum.

The Certificate Program in International and Comparative Law requires students to take 9 credits or three of the following core courses:

  • International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • International Trade
  • International Business Transactions

In addition to these core courses, students must take an international seminar for 2 credits. The final 3 credit hours can be earned either through study abroad programs (permission must be obtained from Dean Edward Harris to apply credits earned abroad) or choosing from the following elective courses and seminars, among others that may be on offer during a given semester:

  • European Economic Community
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law Moot Court
  • International Securities Regulation
  • Law in Contemporary East Asia
  • International and Comparative Antitrust Seminar
  • Tax Planning for International Business
  • Topics in Comparative Constitutional Law

Students in the certificate program get priority for the Legal Writing IV course (International Business). That course does not replace the seminar requirement and is not required for the certificate, but it can be applied toward meeting the certificate requirements.

Chicago-Kent students interested in the International and Comparative Law certificate program must complete an application form online.