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Study International Law at Cornell

Cornell Law School’s diverse curriculum offers numerous opportunities for students to study international and comparative law. Each year, the international and comparative curriculum is taught by members of the permanent faculty, distinguished practitioners, and visiting professors from other U.S. law schools and universities around the world. (Read about our current courses here and about our faculty here).

Cornell also offers clinical courses in which students have the opportunity to engage in internationally focused cases and projects. Working under faculty supervision, students represent clients and engage with international law and institutions on a range of issues, including international human rights, gender justice, refugee rights, farmworkers’ rights, and labor rights.

Students who wish to deepen their understanding of international and comparative law may choose to pursue a J.D./LL.M. in International and Comparative Law or a J.D. with Specialization in International Legal Affairs.  (Read more about our international joint degree and specialization programs here).  Other students may participate in one of Cornell’s international dual degree programs with our partner institutions in France or Germany.  (Read about our international dual programs here.)

Students may also spend a semester studying abroad at once of Cornell’s many partner schools, take part in an externship that focuses on international and comparative law and/or is based abroad, or study at Cornell’s Paris Summer Institute.

Understanding diverse cultures and legal systems is a critical skill in our increasingly globalized world. Cornell Law School is an exceptional place to master international and comparative law.