J.D. International, Comparative & Foreign Law Emphasis Area Requirements

Admission Requirements

After their first year, students may be admitted to the International Law Emphasis

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Students will demonstrate mastery of core doctrinal knowledge within emphasis area.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of skills necessary for objective legal analysis. This is a general student learning outcome for the JD degree and is assessed through essay examinations graded using rubrics in required courses and through performance on licensing examinations.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the skills necessary for effective legal research in the emphasis area.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of legal writing in the emphasis area.
  • Students will demonstrate mastery of the duties of attorneys as members of the legal profession.
  • Students will demonstrate ability to work with people in a professional environment.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in professional work habits.
  • Students will demonstrate entry-level proficiency in lawyering skills especially relevant to the emphasis area.

Program Requirements


Student will have to take a total of 16 credit hours from the below mandatory and elective courses.

Required Course
LAW 8753International Law2-3
Additional Required Courses (must take one of the following):1-4.5
Global Legal Systems
International Business Transactions
Comparative Criminal Law
Law Of The European Union (Part I)
Law Of The European Union (Part II)
Any other course, as approved by the International Law emphasis director, that has a significant foreign and/or comparative component.


The remaining credit hours must be satisfied from the following courses. (Note: Not all below are offered every year.)

Conflict of Laws
Lawyering Skills Competition-Appellate
Lawyering Skills Competition
Immigration Law and Policy
Immigration Law And Process
Transnational Litigation & Arbitration
International Business Transactions
International Human Rights Law
Law of International Trade and Finance
Seminar In National Security Law
Multicultural Lawyering and Spanish for Lawyers
Credits earned in courses not listed above that are offered as part of a UMKC overseas experience also count toward the required 16 credits. Credits earned by participation in competitions in international law (e.g., LAW 8704A) count towards the required 16 credits. The emphasis director may, in his or her discretion, count additional credits earned from other overseas experiences. Other courses which include a substantial component of international, comparative and/or foreign law may be approved by the emphasis director in his or her discretion to count towards the emphasis.

Required Overseas Legal Experience

Emphasis students must have at least one significant overseas legal experiences. This would include such experiences as:

  • The Ireland, China, Oxford or other law summer programs; or

  • An overseas Mini-Term course; or

  • Another experience approved in advance by the International Law emphasis director.

Required Writing Project:

Emphasis students must write a substantial paper on international, foreign and/or comparative law. A paper satisfying the R&W requirement or an equivalent independent study writing project (including law review notes or comments) would satisfy this requirement. This requirement may also be satisfied through participation on the Jessup International Moot Court Team or another equivalent international law competition.

Class papers do not satisfy this requirement but may be expanded into an independent paper or an R&W paper. Such an expanded paper may satisfy this writing requirement.

In any respect, all papers must be approved by the emphasis director.

Any credits earned through writing this paper will NOT count towards the 16 hours of required course credits.

Graduation Requirement

To graduate with the International Law Emphasis, students must have a minimum GPA within the emphasis area of 3.0.

Important Note: Because the School is committed to keeping up with changes in the practice of law, the requirements for emphasis areas may change during the course of a student's enrollment at the Law School. The requirements at the time a student is granted admission into the emphasis area are the requirements that govern completion of the student's emphasis requirements. For possible revised requirements that will take effect with the next academic year, ask the emphasis area director.