Thursday, December 8, 2011
We received an interesting question as to which law schools in the United States require an international or comparative law in the first year or offer such a course as an elective to first year law students. If you know of such a school, please send us a message or use the comment function to share with other readers. We'll publish the list as we receive your input. Thanks. We're also interested in knowing when law schools in other countries start teaching their students about international law. Here's some of the answers we've received so far . . .
IN THE UNITED STATES
- Jennifer Gundlach tells us that the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University requires first-year students to take a two-credit course entitled Transnational Law.
- Colleen Medill tells us that the University of Nebraska at Lincoln has just reformed its first-year curriculum to include a two-credit mandatory International Legal Perspectives course. You can read more about it by clicking here for a post from Professor Matt Schaefer.
IN OTHER COUNTRIES
- ISRAEL. We heard from two of our readers that the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzalia, Israel has a mandatory first year course in public international law and a mandatory second year course in private international law. Advanced international law courses are also available as electives.
- ITALY. Dr. Gianluca Gentili, Comparative Public Law, University of Siena, commented that law school in Italy takes five years to complete (the "Laurea Magistrale"), wich is an undergraduate degree (students start attending Law School when they are 19). As part of those five years, stduetns must take Comparative Law and EU Law as mandatory second-year courses, while International Law is a mandatory third-year course. After the second year, students can choose to take elective courses in Private Comparative law, Comparative Administrative Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Labor Law, Anglo-American Law, International Tax Law, Comparative Systems of Judicial Review, even if these are formally defined as fifth year courses. He also noted that even first-year courses dealing with typical "domestic" subjects (e.g. Constitutional Law, Private Law) always include comparative references. Here's a link to the curriculum for the University of Florence, Italy
See the "Comments" to this post for additional entries, and please add your own contributions to this list.