J.D. Program

International Law

Increasingly in today’s economy, attorneys in both the public and private sectors represent clients in the international arena.

To be effective in this field, you must understand the political, economic, business and legal environments of foreign countries as well as those of the United States. BU Law has a robust international law program, where you can: soltis


BU Law's Concentration in International Law allows you to study international law at an advanced level, acquiring sophisticated knowledge of the international sphere while developing an in-depth knowledge of American law as it works in the global environment. You may earn a concentration in international law by completing the course requirements.

International, Foreign, and Comparative Law Courses

Admiralty International Human Rights
Africa i-Parliaments Clinic International Human Rights Clinic
Civil Litigation Program International Intellectual Property
Comparative Law International Law
English Legal History International Law & the International Economy
European Law International Tax
EU VAT International Tax II
• Externship Program w/related placement International Taxation
Global Climate Change International Trade Regulation
Globalization of the Legal Profession Law & Development
Health Law, Bioethics, & Human Rights Law and Ethics of War
Immigrants & the Law Microfinance and Development
Immigrants' Rights Clinic: Civil Litigation Program National Security & Foreign Relations Law
Immigration Law Refugee & Asylum Law
Inbound International Taxation Restorative Justice
International & Comparative Legal Research Semester-in-Practice Program (Geneva)
International Business Agreements Structuring Intellectual Property Ownership
International Business Arbitration Transnational Lending & Trade Financing
International Business Transactions Transnational Litigation
International Development & Project Finance US Transfer Pricing
International Estate Planning  


BU Law's award-winning faculty includes numerous scholars and teachers with expertise ranging from in international business and finance to comparative law and European law. Our faculty offer students a wide breadth of specialized skills in virtually all areas of international and transnational law.

Susan Akram
• immigration law
• refugee law
• domestic & international refugee advocacy
• international human rights

Daniela Caruso
• contracts
• European Union law
• international trade
• disability law
• autism
Anna di Robilant
• comparative law
• European legal history
• Roman law
• private law theory
• European Union law
Laila Hlass
• immigrants' rights
• refugee and asylum law

• international law
• national security law
• international humanitarian law

Karen Pita Loor
• criminal law
• immigration law
• trial advocacy

William Park
• international tax & finance
• conflict of laws
• interaction of law & religion
Pnina Lahav
• constitutional law
• First Amendment jurisprudence
• comparative law
• political trials
• judicial biography

David Seipp
• legal history of all
times and places
• earliest courtroom arguments in the
common law tradition
• law reports of medieval England

Robert Sloane
• public international law
• the law of war
• national security &
foreign relations
• international legal
theory & ethics
• transnational criminal law
• international human
rights law & policy
• criminal law & theory

Study Abroad and International Dual Degree Programs
As the practice of law becomes a truly global profession, BU Law has emerged as a national leader in developing semester-abroad programs. We offer 21 foreign study opportunities, including five dual degree programs, with 16 international universities, in which students are fully immersed in their host country’s legal system and culture, living and working with international teachers, scholars and fellow students. Nearly half of our partner universities are ranked among the top 50 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education rankings.

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International Law Clinics & Externships
At BU Law, you have opportunities to gain international law experience by participating in clinics and externships in which you will work with clients both domestically and overseas:

  • Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
    Represent asylum seekers before the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, handle Violence Against Women Act cases, and other immigration and humanitarian cases

  • International Human Rights Clinic
    File briefs on international human rights law issues, participate in universal jurisdiction claims, handle appeals in refugee and international human rights cases, and collaborate with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on international human rights issuesggold

  • Africa i-Parliaments Clinic
    Assist African parliaments in drafting and enacting more effective legislation for their countries

  • Human Rights Externship (Geneva)
    Protect human rights with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland

  • Independent Proposal Externship
    Create your own international externship in conjunction with an independent study project at a non-profit, government or in-house counsel placement

Summer International Internship

You can gain real world experience in international practice settings by participating in a summer international internship at a law firm, company or organization outside of the United States. This internship option is particularly useful if you want to gain international legal experience in a specific country or region. The Career Development & Public Service Office collects information from participating organizations about their particular needs (e.g., foreign language skills, field-specific skills) and makes it available to interested students. The office then forwards qualified students' application materials to the organizations for consideration. Students have participated in summer international internships at:

  • Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (France)
  • International Bridges to Justice (Switzerland)
  • M&M Bomchil (Argentina)
  • Timap for Justice (Sierra Leone)

Alumni Practicing in International Law
Many graduates of BU Law pursue international careers, including the following alumni:

  • KurlandExecutive Director at Coninter Associates Inc - Global Resolution: Gary Birnberg ('85)
  • International Business & Immigration Attorney at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy: Dana Bucin (’05)
  • Policy Advisor at the US Department of Homeland Security: Jessica Burniske (’12)
  • Vice President at Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC: Charles Freeman ('91)
  • Judicial Law Clerk at Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review: Kevin Gregg ('13)
  • Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at U.S. Department of Transportation: Susan Kurland ('77)
  • U.S. Immigration Attorney at Brunel Immigration: Maureen Latour (’91)
  • Former U.S. Ambassador to China: Gary Locke ('75)
  • Vice President for Legal Affairs at American University of Beiruit: Peter May (’92)
  • Immigration Attorney at Joyce and Associates, P.C.: Robin Miller (’12)
  • Research Fellow at UNESCO: Pratima Narayan (’07)

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