Admission Requirements

After their first year and before their final semester, or with approval in other circumstances, students may be admitted to the International, Comparative, and Foreign Law (“ICF”) Emphasis if their cumulative law school GPA is 2.7 or above.

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.
  • 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 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, see http://law.umkc.edu/academics/emphasis-areas/international-foreign-comparative-law/
  • Program Requirements
  1. Courses:
    Student will have to take a total of 16 credit hours from the below mandatory and elective courses.
    1. Required:  The following two mandatory classes must be taken:
      • International Law (3 hours)
      • Global Legal Systems (3 hours)
        The above classes will include consideration of ICF professional responsibility issues. 
    2. Electives: 
      The remaining hours to be satisfied from the following courses (note: not all below are offered every year):
      • Conflict of Laws
      • Immigration Law & Policy or Immigration Law & Process
      • International Business Transactions
      • International Human Rights
      • International Taxation
      • International Trade & Finance
      • National Security Law
      • Transnational Litigation & Arbitration
      • Competitions in International Law (Law 8704A or 8704I, or other 8704 courses when topic is International or Comparative Law)
      • Multicultural Lawyering and Spanish for Lawyers
      • Courses offered as part of an approved overseas experience (only one approved overseas experience will count towards the emphasis)
        Other Courses may be approved by the ICF advisor to count towards the Emphasis. Where a course includes a substantial component of ICF law, part of that course may count towards the 16 hour requirement with advance approval from the ICF advisor.
  2. Required Overseas Legal Experience
    This would include such experiences as:
    • The Ireland, China, Oxford or other law summer programs; or
    • An overseas Mini-Term course (if offered); or
    • Another experience approved in advance by the ICF advisor.
      These experiences may constitute a “skills” component, depending on the specifics of the experience.  The credits earned from ONE approved overseas experience may be counted towards the required 16 hours for the Emphasis.
  3. Required Writing Project:
    • A paper satisfying the R&W requirement or an equivalent independent study writing project (including law review notes or comments) must be undertaken by writing on an ICF subject (subject to be approved by the ICF advisor).
    • This requirement may also be satisfied through participation on the Jessup International Moot Court Team or other equivalent international competition with approval of the ICF advisor.
    • Class papers do not satisfy this requirement, but may be expanded as an independent paper or the R&W paper, and with approval of the ICF advisor, the expanded paper may satisfy this requirement.  Any credits earned through satisfaction of this writing requirement will NOT be counted towards the 16 hours.

Graduation Requirement

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