Foreign and international law encompasses the rules, norms and practices of legal work that transcends the boundaries of municipal, state and federal law. Increasingly, law is global in its reach and transnational in nature. Fields as diverse as E-commerce, National Security Law, Immigration Law, Environmental Law, Health Law and Intellectual Property are heavily influenced by legal developments beyond our borders. This Pathway helps guide students interested in exploring careers as private and public attorneys whose work will touch on international matters. An attorney representing an asylum seeker, negotiating an oil or gas contract with a foreign company or serving in the JAG corps will quickly engage foreign and international law. International attorneys may be called upon to draft legislation to comply with treaties or agreements, draw up contracts with private firms that address questions that exceed the interest or capacity of any one state to regulate, arbitrate a commercial dispute before an international tribunal, prosecute war criminals or assist an NGO to promote human rights. Successful international lawyers are often excellent domestic lawyers too and they utilize similar skills including negotiation, transactional know-how, and a broad understanding of legislation and litigation to advance their clients' interests. This Pathway identifies both skill courses and doctrinal classes that will help to prepare students for the wide range of challenges and opportunities international lawyers face.
Currently, only one course in this pathway (The International Human Rights Practicum) requires a prerequisite and it may be satisfied by taking either Immigration Law or International Human Rights Law. This Pathway includes a number of courses relevant to students combining an interest in international law with other disciplines under the heading "Other Courses to Consider."