Today’s law graduates enter a world in which little stops at the borders between nations. International trade and tribunals, human rights and intellectual property, business deals and war crimes-there is a pervasive global dimension to the work of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars, and Stanford Law School prepares students to step up to the challenge.
The interests of Stanford Law faculty members reflect the broad scope of the field of international and comparative law. There are faculty experts in international security, international trade, international criminal law, economics and international business, the foreign policymaking process, human rights, intellectual property, and the rule of law, making Stanford Law an intellectual community as diverse and complex as the world its graduates serve.
Whatever the topic—international business transactions, capital markets, banking, terrorism, climate change, trade, human rights, technology, crime, antitrust, refugees, nonprofit and intergovernmental organizations—international and comparative law at Stanford prepares students for the countless roles law and lawyers play in a changing international arena.
Stanford’s programs and centers—both within and beyond the law school—are renowned sources of research and scholarship on issues that affect people around the world. These centers put Stanford Law students in the vanguard of developments in the international arena—learning from leaders and contributing to research that shapes policy worldwide.
Stanford provides international law students with many opportunities to apply their growing legal skills to real-world problems, through clinics, internships, and externships with an international focus.
Because Stanford views the law as a practical force in world events, the international and comparative law program makes a special effort to offer students learning opportunities that take them out of the classroom and into the global arena.
Intensive academics, hands-on experience, and research opportunities are just the beginning of our international law training. At Stanford, students learn by leading—whether they’re organizing a conference of international judges, networking with lawyers from around the world, or editing a journal piece on global economic policies.
Students pursuing international law at Stanford benefit from diverse opportunities to explore the intersection of legal theory and practice and gain career-shaping insight and experience.
Join the Stanford Law team at the annual Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Pursue a joint degree in law and Russian Studies or law and East Asian Studies.
Attend a lecture by Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, or Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
Yesterday, only a tiny number of graduates practiced law across national borders. Today, only a tiny number do not. International law has moved from the peripheries to the center, but it’s no longer just about government-to-government interactions. It's about cross-border transactions between private parties. It's about international business and trade, human rights and the rule of law, and, critically, international development. An international program must cover all these fields and integrate them into the regular curriculum, as Stanford Law's does.