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International Law

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Certificate Information

The Certificate in International Law (the “Certificate”), which will be awarded to qualified Lewis & Clark Law School students at graduation, recognizes successful curriculum concentration in International Law. A student who satisfies the requirements for the Certificate will be entitled to a certificate denominated “Certificate in International Law.” Students who believe that they will fulfill the requirements must complete an application that is available from the Registrar in order to be awarded a certificate.

Students qualify for the Certificate by satisfying the following requirements:

1. Course Requirements

Students must complete four (4) core classes:

Public International Law (3 credits)

International Business Transactions (3 credits)

International Dispute Resolution (3 credits)

Advanced Legal Research: International & Foreign Law (2 credits).

      In addition, students must earn five (5) additional credits in classes on the following list:

Climate Change (3 credits) Comparative Criminal Law & Procedure Seminar (3 credits) Comparative Constitutional Law (2 credits) Conflict of Laws (3 credits) Individual Research (3 credits), for a Capstone paper, as described below. International Business Arbitration Seminar (2 credits) International Environmental Law (3 credits) International Environmental Law Project (6 credits) International Human Rights Seminar (2 credits) International Intellectual Property Law (3 credits) International Investment Law Seminar (2 credits) International Tax (3 credits) International Water Law Seminar (2 credits)

Law of Global Labor Markets Seminar (2 credits) Moot Court: Jessup International Law Competition (1 credit) [students who participate in this class in successive years may count only 1 credit toward the Certificate] Trade & Environment (3 credits)

U.S. Foreign Relations Law (2 credits)

Students are advised to check this list yearly, as new courses may be added and some courses may not be offered every year. Students may satisfy three (3) of the five (5) non-core additional credits required for the Certificate by the use of credits earned through an externship involving a substantial international law element, either in foreign country or in the United States, approved in advance by the faculty member who is serving as Director of the International Law Certificate Program (the “Program”). The externship may be with a governmental agency, a non-governmental organization, a corporation or other business entity, or a law firm. Course credit may also be allowed, in the discretion of the Program Director, for one course, of up to three (3) units of credit, taken at another law school.

In that event, only the credit earned for that course will be applied to the Certificate. The grade earned for the course will not be counted in determining the student’s GPA for the Certificate. With the exception of externship credits, and unless approved in advance by the Director, no more than four (4) units of credit (including units transferred from another law school) used to qualify for the Certificate may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Students may not use credits from a class toward satisfaction of the requirements for another certificate at Lewis & Clark.

2. Writing Requirement

Students must complete one substantial research paper exclusively on one or more topics relating to International law. To qualify, the paper must meet the criteria for a Capstone paper, and be one of the following: (a) a paper written to fulfill course requirements in a seminar approved for the Program, (b) an Individual Research paper, for a minimum of two (2) semester hours, (c), a paper written to fulfill the requirements for an externship, or (d) a paper written to fulfill course requirements in a seminar not specifically approved for the Program. Students who plan to fulfill the writing requirement with options (b), (c), or (d) must have advance approval of the topic and subsequent review of the paper by the Director. Note: Papers not written for graded credit do not satisfy this requirement.

3. Grade Point Requirement

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of B (3.00) or better in classes taken and selected as qualifying for the Certificate. No credits transferred from another law school and accepted for use toward a Certificate, or credits for a class taken on a credit/no credit basis and approved by the Program Director, will be used in computing the grade point average.