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International Law Concentration

The University of Minnesota Law School offers J.D. and LL.M. students a concentration in international law to help them prepare to practice in a wide range of areas in both public and private international law. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty teach courses in international law, international trade law, human rights, foreign relations, international intellectual property among others. Top international law lawyers serving as adjunct professors provide valuable mentoring and networking opportunities for students. Through parallel clinics, moot court opportunities, and seminars, students engage in simulated exercises in the field of international law. Internship opportunities provide exposure to and experience with international organizations. Students can further immerse themselves in the fields through seminars, lectures, externship programs, mentorship programs, student organizations, and interdisciplinary opportunities throughout the University of Minnesota, including the world-renowned Human Rights Center.

Further questions should be referred to the faculty chair for the concentration in international law:

Fred Morrison
(612) 625-0321


Program Highlights

  • Wide variety of core and specialized courses and seminars on topics such as international and transnational law, human rights litigation and international advocacy, international tax law, and international environmental law
  • Opportunities to do one-to-one independent research and writing projects with international law faculty members
  • Opportunities to work on cutting-edge international law issues
  • Networking and career advancement opportunities with alumni worldwide

Study Opportunities

Required concentration courses are international law and either international trade law or international business transactions.

In addition to the two required courses, to meet the 15-credit requirement for the International Law Concentration, students can choose from a wide range of courses and seminars available at the Law School.

Students also take advantage of the extensive international law offerings available through the University at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the political science department in the College of Liberal Arts. J.D. students can earn a joint degree in another relevant discipline.

Practical Opportunities

Students may participate in the Law School's International Law Moot Court team and write law review articles on international law-related topics for a wide variety of student and peer-review journals, including the Minnesota Law Review; Minnesota Journal of International Law; and Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice.

Employment Opportunities

The vibrant Twin Cities international legal communities offer students opportunities for part-time work during the school year and full-time summer employment with governmental agencies, law firms, legal departments at corporations and utilities, and nonprofit human rights and non-governmental organizations with an international focus. Prospective employers from around the country come to the Law School to interview students for summer and permanent positions. The Law School provides regular notice of employment opportunities, fellowships, and other scholarly opportunities.

Student-Led Opportunities

The International Law Society offers programming designed to supplement the Law School's curriculum by applying lessons learned in the classroom to a variety of practice areas in international law. The student group invites practicing lawyers to speak to students and networking and practice opportunities in the community.