» International Law Emphasis Program

Chapman University Fowler School of Law offers an emphasis program in International Law, in which highly experienced faculty members instruct students on a comprehensive scope of global legal concerns, from immigration and human rights to energy security and intellectual property. Students who complete the International Law Emphasis Program requirements will receive a certificate and transcript notation.

Lawyers can expect to work in an increasingly global environment, facing legal issues that span national borders, and servicing clients whose interests and concerns are multinational in scope. Lawyers that have a proven familiarity with public and private International Law will possess the skills and credentials to compete in the global workplace. The International Law Emphasis Program also complements Chapman University's commitment to preparing its students to be global citizens.

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Certificate Requirements

Successful completion of the International Law Emphasis Program requires the law student to

  • Earn a minimum 2.6 overall cumulative GPA
  • Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in the certificate courses
  • Complete the two (2) core courses (International Law and Organizations, and International Business Transactions or International Business Litigation)
  • Complete at least eight (8) credit hours of approved electives, of which six (6) credit hours may be experiential training (see approved list of courses)
  • International law-related writing requirement

Core Courses

International Law and Organizations JD Law-7558

This is the introductory course in international law, covering the nature and sources of international law and its major developments. This course introduces students to the basic law of the international organizational system, including the United Nations and UN specialized agencies. The course introduces concepts of international law and how they achieve legitimacy in the international system through United Nations organizations and conferences, the International Court of Justice, the International Law Commission, treaty bodies, and state practice. The law of foreign sovereign immunity and the act of state doctrine are considered along with the role of international law in the U.S. legal system and the allocation of foreign affairs powers between the President and Congress. Selected topics that may be explored include international claims (including expropriation law), human rights, norms governing the use of force, and the law of the sea and environmental issues.  

International Business Transactions JD Law-7559 or International Business Litigation JD Law-7510

Approved Electives

Specific offerings will vary from year to year, depending on the periodic rotation of electives, instructor availability, student interest, and scheduling dynamics. Additional courses may be added in the future. Visit the course descriptions page for more information.
  • Advanced Topic: Art Law
  • Advanced Seminar: The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Comparative Law and Religion
  • Family Protection Clinic - Immigration
  • Immigration Law
  • International Business Litigation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Energy Security and Climate Change
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Refugee Law
  • U.S. Taxation of International Income

Learning Outcomes

The law school faculty have identified the following learning outcomes as critical to a law degree and to developing the skills needed to become a proficient attorney.

  1. Students who earn the International Law Emphasis Certificate will know the basic principles of public and private international law applicable to the international legal system and its relationship to national laws and institutions.
  2. Students who earn the International Law Emphasis Certificate will be able to understand legal issues that span national borders and advise clients whose interests and concerns are transnational in scope.


Highly experienced faculty members instruct students on a comprehensive scope of global legal concerns.

Contact Us

For additional information about the international law emphasis please contact,

Lan Cao
International Law Emphasis Program Director and Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law

Phone: (714) 628-2659
Email: lcao@chapman.edu

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