Explore International Law

Law beyond borders

Understanding the ways in which legal systems are shaped by culture provides today's lawyers a distinct advantage in problem-solving on a global scale.

Oregon Law's approach to international law offers a humanistic view that integrates innovative coursework with practical, real-world experiences through clinics and externships. Through the International Law program, you will develop critical legal analysis of a diverse number of legal system while digging deep into important issues regarding human rights and immigration. The program is designed to provide you with a holistic view of global issues and challenges to consider domestic law from a global perspective.

Careers | Coursework | Faculty | Skills | Professional Development | Extracurriculars


Common Careers

  • Immigration Lawyer
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Business Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions'
  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Foreign Service
  • NGO Work
  • Asylum Officer
  • Business/Trade
  • International Policy

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Selected International Law Coursework


FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Torts 
•  Contracts 
•  Civil Procedure
•  Property Law
•  Constitutional Law I
•  Criminal Law

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Required and recommended bar prep courses.
•  Business Associations
•  Commercial Law II 
•  Constitutional Law II 
•  Evidence
•  Immigration Law
•  Human Rights Law
•  International Business Transactions
•  International Law
•  Legal Profession 

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Required and recommended bar prep courses.
•  Advanced Legal Research
•  Family Law in World Community
•  Human Rights and Environment
•  International Environmental Law
•  International Trade and Investment Law
•  Law and Development

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Core Faculty

  
Michael Fakhri
Nationally-recognized leader
and speaker in the areas of international
law and social justice

 


Ibrahim Gassama
Human rights activist and expert
in foreign policy and international
economic development

 

  
Michelle McKinley
Accomplished human rights
author and internationally
recognized for community-based rights work


OTHER INTERNATIONAL LAW FACULTY

Adell Amos
Car1 Bjerre
Richard Hildreth
Carrie Leonetti
Ofer Raban
Merle Weiner


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Practical Skills Training 
 

FIRST YEAR (1L)
•  Legal Research and Writing (Ranked #4 in the nation)

SECOND YEAR (2L)
• Nonprofit Clinic
• Negotiation 
• Overview: Clinics

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Immigration Externship
• Oregon Review of International Law

PRACTICAL SKILLS FACULTY
Suzanne Rowe
Elizabeth Frost
Megan McA!pin
Joan Rocklin 

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Professional Development 


FIRST YEAR (1L)

•  Professional DevelopmentSeminar
•  Explore International Law practice areas
•  Meet with career counselor
•  Join UO Law Linkedln group
•  Apply for international law summer internships
•  Summer experience examples: Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental; 
   Micronesian Legal Services; Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Narrow career exploration to specific employers/locations
•  Seek out networking opportunities
•  Apply for international law summer internships

THIRD YEAR (3L)
•  Apply for jobs and post-JD opportunities

 

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Public Law & Policy Extracurriculars
 

FIRST YEAR (1L)

•  Consider joining
•  International Law Society
•  Multicultural Law Student Assocaiation

SECOND YEAR (2L)
•  Volunteer for an international nonprofit 
•  Moot Court
•  Oregon Review of International Law

THIRD YEAR (3L)
• Join the International Law section of the Oregon State Bar as a student member

 

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