Appendix N: Certificate-in-International-Law
University of Denver Sturm College of Law
International Law Certificate Program Proposal
Description of the Certificate Program
The International Law Certificate Program will provide students at the Sturm College of Law an opportunity to study various aspects of public and/or private international law in depth. Completion of the International Law Certificate will prepare students for a variety of careers in international law domestically and globally. These students will have an edge over their competition in the job market where international law practice has become a preference for many prospective attorneys. All enrolled law students in good standing will be eligible for admission to the Certificate Program. Also, this certificate will be a very attractive offer to the practicing Bar in Colorado as the number of those currently practicing international law is in the hundreds.
International Law has increasingly become a vital practice area for lawyers in the United States. Lawyers practicing in law firms or with multinational enterprises, in government service, or with international organization/nongovernmental organizations on policy issues are frequently asked to address matters related to international economic development, environmental protection, trade, and business. Currently, more than thirty-five other law schools offer a certificate in international law, none in the Rocky Mountain region. By offering this certificate in international law, the University of Denver will enhance the Sturm College of Law’s renowned International Legal Studies program and will make the University of Denver a more competitive choice for potential law students. This will be the first certificate program in the JD program at the Sturm College of Law.
Relationship of the Certificate to Other Programs At Sturm
Students currently enrolled for the J.D. degree at Sturm will be eligible to enroll in the International Law Certificate Program. Eventually the Program is envisaged as a “stand-alone” Program as well.
Students interested in both public and private international law and comparative law are expected to take advantage of this program. Based on the current level of interest in the basic international law course (more than 100 students), we anticipate that ten to fifteen students each year will complete the International Law Certificate. In a few years, as we make the certificate a “stand-alone” product, we should be able to attract five to ten attorneys a year.
The International Law Certificate program will offer in-depth study and training in both public and private international law concepts.
Program Requirements A Research Paper satisfying Sturm’s upper-level writing requirement on an international law topic will be required as a Capstone requirement. The Research Paper requirement would be satisfied by a student writing a research paper for one of the International Law courses or seminars and which meets the upper-level writing requirement. It would also be satisfied by a student undertaking a directed research for 3 credit hours on an International Law topic with a full-time faculty member at Sturm. Such directed research product must also meet Sturm’s upper-level writing requirement. Also required will be a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all international law courses. 15 total credit hours must be completed, to include the International Law (general survey) course, L4320, and at least one course in Public International Law and one course in Private National Law. The remaining courses will be electives chosen by the student from the proposed courses.
Specific Courses Proposed:
International Law –L4320
Courses in Public International Law include:
International Human Rights Law –L4329
International Criminal and Humanitarian Law – L4291
International Environmental Law – L4317
International Conflict Resolution and Management – L4316
European Union Law – L4232
European Union Environmental Law and Policy – L4037
Comparative Law – L4135
International Water Law – L4672
International Organizations – L4336
Courses in Private International Law include:
International Business Transactions – L4315
International Business Transactions, Federal Regulation – L4318
International Commercial Dispute Resolution – L4311
International Commercial Law – L4708
International Trade and Investment Law – L4340
International and Comparative Mining Law – L4342
Each course is a three credit course.