The objective of the International Law and Practice Concentration is to educate the next generation of lawyers who will work in careers related to international law and its many sub-specialties in both public international law and private international law.
The concentration will provide students with robust and varied opportunities to learn and develop skills in international law-related practice areas.
INTERNATIONAL LAW AND PRACTICE CONCENTRATION
In order to complete the concentration in International Law and Policy, a student must have satisfactorily completed (1) all mandatory core course requirements; and (2) a total of at least seventeen (17) total credit hours from (a) mandatory core courses, (b) designated elective courses, and© courses satisfying the experiential learning requirement.
Mandatory Core Courses.
Students must satisfactorily complete all of the following courses for this Concentration:
- International Law (Law 768)
- International Business Transactions (Law 633) or International Trade Law (626)
- International Human Rights (Law 701)
- One of the following Study Abroad Programs: Comparative Brazilian Law (Law 603); Comparative Law in Mexico (Law 610) or; Geneva Study Abroad (Law 617)
Designated Elective Courses
Students may select from the following courses for Concentration credit:
- Immigration Law (Law 723)
- Administrative Law (Law 764)
- International Environmental Law (Law 613)
- Jewish/Islamic Comparative Law (Law 614)
- International Trade Law (Law 626)
- International Business Transactions (Law 633)
- Seminar: International Trade Regulation (Law 688B)
- Seminar: National Security Law (Law 689X)
- Seminar: Refugee & Asylum Law (Law 689B)
- Seminar: Comparative/International Workplace Law (Law 689T)
- Seminar: Sustainable Development (Law 689Y)
- Special Topics: Courses Taught by McDougall Fellow
Additional Courses may be added with the consent of the Concentration Administrator.
Students must engage in research and produce a written paper or court document of no less than 25 pages on a topic related to an international law topic. This requirement can be satisfied by satisfactory completion and submission of a written document that falls within any of the following categories:
- Qualifying paper in any Designated Elective Course or Seminar
- Independent Study approved in accordance with the policies set forth in the WVU College of Law Handbook and overseen by a Concentration Faculty member
- Law Review Note, with approval of the Concentration Administrator and with a faculty member as advisor
- A Court Document, e.g. Amicus, Brief or Memorandum of Law (real or moot) with the approval of the Concentration Administrator and with a faculty member as advisor
The writing requirement requires input and approval from a faculty member and the Concentration Administrator, even if the writing was completed outside a formal class or independent study arrangement. A student may fulfill the writing requirement through an alternative method with the consent of the Concentration Administrator.
Students must meet the following experiential learning requirement of no less than 2 credits, with no more than 5 credits from a clinic counting towards the 17 credit requirement. A student may fulfill this requirement through any of the following methods:
- Participation in at least one year of the College of Law’s Jessup International Moot Court team (Law 652)
- International Organization Externship (full- or part-time)
- Government Agency Externship (full- or part-time – must be related to an area of international, comparative, or transnational law) Note: Any externship placements for the International Law Concentration must comply with the general rules of the externship program.
- Immigration Clinic (Law 724)
A student may fulfill this Concentration requirement through an alternative method with the consent of the Concentration Administrator.
Students must also meet the following requirements:
- Ten hours of related extracurricular or co-curricular activities, such as active participation in the International Law Students Association, by attending relevant meetings, hearings or speakers, administrative or other active participation in the international law-related events (e.g., symposia).
- Students are strongly encouraged to gain competency in a foreign language in conjunction with pursuing this Concentration.