Certificate in International and Comparative Law

SOL, Degrees & Programs, Certificates, International - Students

The Certificate in International and Comparative Law offers students the opportunity for exposure to different facets of international law and international living in order to better position them for an international career. The certificate seeks to encourage students to expand their career goals by facilitating overseas experiences in one of the Semester or Summer overseas programs in London, Copenhagen, Augsburg, Rwanda and Uganda. Students will be mentored by the international faculty through international courses, internships, moots and memberships as well as the initial application interview. Although not required, students are encouraged to develop language skills and direction is given to help achieve this.


In order to complete the certificate, students are required to attend at least one of the overseas programs and complete 14 units of required and elective courses. Students must apply and interview before being considered for acceptance into the Certificate in International and Comparative Law program.

The following courses must be completed by each candidate for a Certificate in International and Comparative Law:

Required Courses

Required Courses (14 credits)

Two of the following three courses are required; the additional course qualifies as an elective:

  • Public International Law (PIL) (3 credits)
  • International Business Transactions (2 credits)
  • Comparative Law (2 credits)

Required International Experience

Required International Experience

Participation in a Semester or Summer overseas program such as the London Program, Copenhagen, Augsburg, Rwanda and Uganda.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the following:

  • Pepperdine International Law Society
  • Student Membership in American Society of International Law
  • Jessup, Vis or Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moots
  • Straus Hong Kong-Beijing
  • Straus London-Geneva

Elective Courses

Elective Courses (10 credits

  • Asylum Clinic (2-4 credits)
  • Asylum and Refugee Law (2 credits)
  • Clinical Law-International (1 credit) (London Program only)
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
  • European Union Law (3 credits) (London Program only)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (2-3 credits)
  • International Commercial Dispute Resolution (2 credits)
  • International Entertainment & Copyright Law (2-3 credits) (London Program only)
  • International Environmental Law (2 credits) (London Program only)
  • International Investment Disputes (2-3 credits)
  • International Litigation (2 credits)
  • International Tax (3 credits)
  • International Trade (2 credits)
  • Moot Court-London, Jessup, Vis, or FDI (1 credit)
  • Immigration Law (2 credits)
  • Human Rights (2-3 credits) (IPL recommended)

Additional Electives When Offered

  • Foreign Relations Law (2 credits) (PIL recommended)
  • Conflict of Laws (3 credits)
  • Seminar in Advanced Constitutional Law (Comparative Constitutional Law)
  • Diplomacy
  • War Crimes (2 credits)
  • Global Justice and Legal Issues
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law (3 credits)
  • Independent Study
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