International & Comparative

Students in good standing who wish to develop special expertise in international and comparative law may enroll in Coastal Law’s International and Comparative Law Certificate Program.

The program consists of a group of coordinated courses designed to provide students with the opportunity to study a wide variety of issues in international and comparative law. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a substantial legal knowledge base and with the practical legal skills necessary to work in the field of international and comparative law.

The international and comparative law faculty members are committed to teaching in this subject area, have written extensively on a variety of international and comparative law issues, and have years of professional experience working in the field. They also are committed to mentoring students enrolled in the International & Comparative Law Certificate Program.

In line with the multi-cultural, globally interactive, and practice-oriented philosophy of the law school, Coastal Law’s International and Comparative Law Certificate Program offers courses that will train students how to negotiate complex international agreements or appear before a domestic court, an arbitration panel, or an international tribunal and argue cutting edge international law issues. The certificate program also plans to offer students opportunities to gain valuable practical legal experience through externships in international tribunals, law firms, and NGOs. In order to receive the International and Comparative Law Certificate upon graduation, students must graduate with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 2.5. While any Coastal Law student may enroll in any course in the international and comparative law curriculum, students who have maintained a minimum GPA of 2.5 and have enrolled in the certificate program will be given preference for externships and seminars. Upon graduation and satisfaction of the curriculum requirements, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion. Successful completion of the certificate program also will be identified on the student’s transcript, thereby enhancing his or her marketability to employers in fields of international and comparative law.

To fulfill the certificate requirements, each student must take a minimum of 15 credits from courses described below or courses later approved to be taught at Coastal Law and approved by the International Programs Committee for inclusion in the certificate program. International and comparative law courses taken at other ABA accredited law schools or law schools with which Coastal Law has an exchange program, may also count towards the certificate if approved by the International Programs Committee. Each student in the program must satisfy the law school’s Advanced Legal Writing Requirement in one of the international or comparative law seminars or an Independent Study approved by the International Programs Committee, and may satisfy the law school’s Skills requirement by taking the

Caribbean Law Clinic or an Externship approved by the International Programs Committee. It is anticipated that the number and variety of International and Comparative Law Externships will grow with time and when it reaches a sufficient number the program may require students in the certificate program to meet the skills requirement through either one of the International and Comparative Law clinics or Externships. Because a handful of Coastal Law students who will graduate in May meet most of the requirements for this certificate and are eager to receive this certificate, we propose that just for this coming May, students who have completed at least 15 credit hours in international and comparative law courses, as approved by the International Programs Committee, and have a cumulative G.P.A. higher than 2.5, receive the certificate.

REQUIRED COURSES CREDITS

International Law 3
Comparative Law 3
International Business Transactions 3

B. Elective Courses
The elective courses listed below may be counted toward the 15 credit hours required for the certificate. (NOTE: Some courses have prerequisites). The credit hours vary between 2 and 3 hours, depending on the professor and semester. The courses marked with one asterisk have been taught at least once at Coastal Law but not approved by the full faculty; courses marked with two asterisks are new courses to the curriculum.

ELECTIVE COURSES CREDITS

Comparative Constitutional Law 2-3
Comparative Legal Cultures Seminar * 2-3
Conflicts of Law 2-3
Immigration Law 2-3
International Environmental Law 2-3
International Human Rights ** 2-3
International Criminal Law ** 2-3
International Health and Human Rights of Children Seminar * 2-3
International Civil Litigation ** 2-3
International Commercial Arbitration ** 2-3
Jurisprudence 2-3
Legal History 2-3
Maritime Law 2-3
National Security & Anti-Terrorism Law * 2-3
Special Topics in International & Comparative Law * 2-3

Skills/ALWR Courses

Caribbean Law Clinic (Skills) 3
Independent Study (ALWR) 2
Externship (Skills) 2-12
Researching International & Comparative Law ** 1