International and Comparative Law

For the world beyond your backyard.

If you want to be ready for a legal career in the ever-changing globalized legal marketplace—and impact laws and policies affecting human rights—the International and Comparative Law certificate from Creighton School of Law is ideal for you.

Your Experience

Classes are small at Creighton law school. That means you’ll get to know—and interact with—your professors and fellow students. Speaking of your professors: They’re great legal minds who also have had feet-on-the-ground experience. They publish. They present. They’re known as experts in their field. They’ve also been around the world. Take Professor Stephen Sieberson. He spent a semester teaching at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain, while a professor from the Spanish university visited Creighton. The two professors taught parallel courses, using a textbook co-authored by Professor Sieberson. Using video-conference technology, students at both institutions documented a cross-border transaction.

Your Creighton School of Law education could even take you out of the country. Through Creighton’s Nuremberg Summer Program, you could study international criminal law in Nuremburg with professors Mike Kelly and Sean Watts. You’ll round out your studies by completing a substantial project, such as a paper or an independent directed study project.

Your Courses

You must earn 18 hours worth of credit and maintain a 3.0 GPA within the International and Comparative Law certificate. You’re required to complete a substantial project, which is satisfied by taking a paper class, writing an article for the Creighton Journal of International and Comparative Law, or completing a brief for the Jessup moot court team.  This certificate has distribution requirements, so you must take at least one course in comparative law, one in public international law, and one in private international law.  Please review the course lists below for further guidance.

Required Core Course

LAW 423 International Law (3)

Course Distributions

Comparative law requirement (select at least one):
LAW 320 Comparative Criminal Procedure (2)
LAW 309 Comparative Constitutional Law (2)
LAW 319 Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar (2)
LAW 352 European Union Law (3)

Private international law requirement (select at least one):
LAW 331 Conflict of Laws (3)
LAW 352 European Union Law (3) (satisfies either the comparative law or private international law requirement, but not both)
LAW 383 International Arbitration (2)
LAW 372 International Business Contracting (3)
LAW 373 International Business Transactions (3)
LAW 382 International Criminal Law (2 or 3)
LAW 342 International Trade Regulation (3)

Public international law requirement (select at least one):
LAW 370 Immigration Law (3)
LAW 382 International Criminal Law (2 or 3)
LAW 379 International Environmental Law (2)
LAW 384 International Human Rights (2)
LAW 402 Law of Armed Conflict Seminar (2)
LAW 409 National Security and Foreign Relations Law (3)

Elective Courses

Participating in a study abroad program, such as the Spain Student Exchange Program, may satisfy the elective requirements of this certificate. Please check with your advisor.

LAW 309 Comparative Constitutional Law (2) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 319 Comparative Corporate Governance Seminar (2) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 320 Comparative Criminal Procedure (2) (if student elects paper option with approval of instructor) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 331 Conflict of Laws (3)
LAW 352 European Union Law (3) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 300 From Nuremberg to The Hague (3)
LAW 450 Immigration Customs Enforcement (3)
LAW 370 Immigration Law (3) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 374 Immigration and Refugee Clinic (4) 
LAW 383 International Arbitration (2)
LAW 444 International Aspects of U.S. Income Taxation (3)
LAW 372 International Business Contracting (3) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 373 International Business Transactions (3)
LAW 382 International Criminal Law (2 or 3)
LAW 379 International Environmental Law (2) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 384 International Human Rights (2) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 508 International Law Journal (up to 7, but only 3 count toward concentration) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 342 International Trade Regulation (3) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 402 Law of Armed Conflict Seminar (2)
LAW 409 National Security and Foreign Relations Law (3) (Satisfies substantial project)
LAW 485 Selected Moot Court Competitions (2) (Satisfies substantial project)