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Law School Adds New International Law Concentration

DECEMBER 6, 2011—This fall international law was added to the areas of concentration offered to Law School students. Concentrations build on the standard curriculum through partnerships with other University programs. Students who complete the concentration requirements are well-prepared to practice in a wide range of areas in both public and private international law.

The Concentration in International Law is led by Faculty Chair Professor Fred Morrison. Joining Morrison in teaching core concentration courses are Law School Professors John Borrows, Jennifer Green, Oren Gross, Brad Karkkainen, Stephen Meili, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Ruth Okediji, Hari Osofsky, Chris Roberts, Gregory Shaffer, Robert Stein, David Weissbrodt, and David Wippman, as well as members of the University political science and sociology departments and the Carlson School of Management.

Among the courses offered are international business transactions and human rights; international environmental, foreign relations, humanitarian, intellectual property, tax, and trade law; seminars in the rule of law, use of force, and inter-American human rights; and capstone courses on front-line issues. Hands-on experience is available through the Human Rights Litigation & International Advocacy Clinic and the Immigration and Human Rights Law Clinic. Students can become members of the International Moot Court team to experience simulated exercises and courtroom competition, or they can work on the Minnesota Journal of International Law or write international law-related articles for a wide of other journals.

Top international law lawyers serve as adjunct professors and provide valuable mentoring and networking opportunities. Internship opportunities provide exposure to and experience with international organizations. Students can further immerse themselves in the international law through seminars, lectures, externship programs, mentorship programs, student organizations, and interdisciplinary opportunities throughout the University, including the world-renowned Human Rights Center.

Students completing a concentration receive a special notation on their transcripts after graduation. Concentrations are also offered in business law, criminal justice, environmental and energy law, health law and bioethics, human rights, and labor and employment law.

For more information, visit www.law.umn.edu/current/concentrations_internationallaw.html.