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International and Comparative Law Certificate Program

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, 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.

International and Comparative Law Requirements

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

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

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

Elective Courses (10 units)

  • Clinical Law-International (1) (London Program only)
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution (2)
  • Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution (2)
  • European Union Law (3) (London Program only)
  • Human Rights (2-3) (PIL recommended)
  • Immigration Law (2)
  • Independent Study (2)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (2)
  • International Criminal Law (1-3)
  • International Entertainment and Copyright Law (2-3) (London Program only)
  • International Environmental Law (2-3)
  • International Litigation (2)
  • International Moot court-London, Vis or Foreign Direct Investment (1)
  • International Tax (3)
  • War Crimes (2)
  • Appropriate experimental course credit as determined by the academic dean

International Experience Requirement:

Participation in an approved overseas program or an approved international externship.

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the following:

  • Pepperdine International Law Society
  • Student Membership in the American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Student Membership in the American Branch of the International Law Society (ABILA)
  • Straus London-Geneva Program
  • Vis, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), or London Moot Court