Academic Tips

General Guide to International Law Courses offered at NDLS

Please note that requirements, courses, instructors and scheduling are subject to change

Remember: 9 credits from graduate-level courses (60000-level or above) counts towards graduation (but NOT Dean’s List). No more than 3 credits may be taken in an single semester. See Anne Hamilton, our registrar if you have questions about this.

Some courses are only offered once every other year. If one is of particular interest be sure to make it a priority and take it whenever it is offered.

  • International Law: (yearly, Fall) Many courses require this course concurrently or as a prerequisite, so it’s best to take it Fall of 2L year. Profs. Carozza and O’Connell alternate teaching this course.
  • Comparative Legal Traditions: (yearly, Spring) substantial reading, paper course, focus on the E.U.
  • International Comparative Labor Law: (yearly, Fall) paper, substantial reading, usually taught by Prof. Fick.
  • International Taxation: (bi-annual, Fall)
  • Comparative Constitutionalism: (yearly, Spring) political science oriented, usually taught by Prof. Kommers (E. German expert).
  • Accountability for Gross Violations: (yearly, Fall) moderate reading (no textbook), paper, usually taught by Prof. Cassel.
  • Introduction to International Human Rights: (yearly, Fall) usually taught by Prof. Cassel.
  • Regional Human Rights Systems: (yearly, Spring) usually taught by Prof. Carozza.
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations: (bi-annual, Fall) similar to Business Associations, usually taught by Prof. L. Mayer.
  • International Business Transactions: (yearly, Fall)
  • International Trade: (yearly, Spring) usually taught by Prof. Alford.
  • International Environmental Law: (sporadic offering) usually taught by Prof. O’Connell.
  • Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: moderate reading (no textbook), taught by Prof. Cassel.
  • International Dispute Resolution: usually taught by Prof. O’Connell.
  • Use of Force: (yearly, Spring) usually taught by Prof. O’Connell.
  • Human Rights Practice: (yearly, Spring) taught by Prof. O’Brien.
  • International Arbitration: taught by Prof. Alford.

Check out the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Take some classes or attend a free lunchtime seminar. Classes offered by Kellog and Kroc include:

  • Multinational Corporations and Ethics: (yearly, Fall) interesting mix of MBA, peace, law students. Usually taught by Prof. Tavis.
  • International NGO management: (yearly, Spring) administrative, practical, grant-writing.
  • Politics of Reconciliation: (yearly, Fall) seminar, term paper, examine post conflict & transitional justice issues.

Directed Readings: Choose a topic or professor in an international law area of particular interest to you. They may be one or two credits, graded or non-graded and counts towards graduation (but not Dean’s List). Also, there is no limit on how many directed readings you do before graduation! This is a great way to focus on specific subjects while getting to know individual professors. The resources section has ideas to help you get started.

Consider auditing undergraduate foreign language courses. Many intergovernmental agencies require two of the six official UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, or Spanish). These classes may also be taken for credit. Check with Anne Hamilton for specific requirements.

Volunteer around South Bend, London or wherever you spend your summers. It’s a great way to build up your resume while gaining practical experience. Try searching for ideas.


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