UMKC School of Law

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International, Comparative and Foreign Law

Globalization demands that lawyers be knowledgeable and comfortable with international, comparative and foreign law. Law firms are becoming increasingly international – more than 40 Missouri firms do international work – and the Kansas City area benefits from $14 billion in international trade. This area of law requires skills in contract writing, negotiating, clearances, hiring of foreign workers, understanding the legal obligations of international law and the use of foreign materials in legal arguments.

International Law is the law regulating states and international organizations as well as human rights issues. Comparative law is a way of considering the law from one or more jurisdictions requiring lawyers to note characteristics, similarities and trends across systems. Foreign law is simply the domestic law in another country—and hence rather important in transnational legal work.

Admission requirements
  • Cumulative law school GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Students must apply after the first year and before the final semester

The program requires completion of the following:

  • Complete 16 credit hours of approved courses
  • Overseas legal experience – summer program or mini-term
  • A paper satisfying the Research and Writing (R&W) requirement or an equivalent independent study writing project
Approved courses


  • International Law
  • Global Legal Systems

Electives (use to satisfy remaining hours)

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Immigration Law and Policy or Immigration Law and Process
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Human Rights
  • International Taxation
  • International Trade and Finance
  • National Security Law
  • Transnational Litigation and Arbitration
  • Courses offered as part of an approved overseas experience


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UMKC School of Law | 500 East 52nd St. | Kansas City, MO 64110-2458
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