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Law and International, Comparative and Area Studies

JD/MA

Practicing law in the 21st century is increasingly multinational, requiring a sophisticated understanding of regional trade and finance, environmental issues, governance, and human rights. Lawyers with a deep knowledge of important regions of the world are better equipped for legal practice, business, and government–benefiting from insights relevant to fundamental issues of justice, equality, and growth within nation states.

To prepare lawyers for the challenges of a global arena, Stanford's joint degree in law and international, comparative and area studies (ICA) offers specialist training in the governance, economics, cultures, and societies of the world. Students participate in an interdisciplinary curriculum exploring any of four areas:

  • Africa
  • East Asia
  • Latin America
  • Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia

With humanities and science departments and affiliated research institutes dedicated to these regions of the world, Stanford offers significant advantages to students seeking expertise in these areas. With Asia and Latin America both accessible to Stanford, students exploring these regions have opportunities to travel frequently while studying.

ICA offer four JD/MA joint degree centers:

The Center For African Studies

The Center For African Studies provides exposure to major areas of research and knowledge on Africa. The introductory core courses guide students into major intellectual issues in the study of Africa; the concentration field builds depth in topical areas; and the cognate requirement exposes students to broader debates in comparative area studies along thematic lines. The language requirement guarantees that students have the requisite language skills to work in the region.

The Center For East Asian Studies

The Center For East Asian Studies offers faculty in a dozen departments that teach and carry out research on East Asia. Students may pursue advanced degrees with a concentration on China, Japan, or Korea through a vast range of Stanford courses with East Asia content. The center also sponsors activities that facilitate exchange of knowledge across disciplines and inspire collaborative projects among faculty and students, and it sponsors a wide variety of programs that link the university's East Asia resources with civic groups, secondary schools, local colleges, and the public.

The Center For Latin American Studies

The Center For Latin American Studies offers academic programs for students with distinguished faculty with multidisciplinary experience and a long history of research expertise in Latin America. The Center also coordinates a range of academic conferences and lectures that span varied geographic regions and diverse academic disciplines, regularly hosting eminent scholars, noted public figures, and internationally prominent policy makers.

The Center For Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES)

The Center For Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) promotes and supports interdisciplinary study of the nations and peoples of the former Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. CREEES is designated one of 19 US Department of Education-sponsored National Resource Centers for Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. CREEES runs interdisciplinary MA and undergraduate minor programs; sponsors more than one hundred public programs each year (including lecture series, seminars, conferences); hosts distinguished visitors and visiting scholars; organizes teacher education workshops and resources; provides research travel support for Stanford faculty and graduate student researchers; and coordinates teaching and research at Stanford relating to this part of the world.

Stanford also offers a general program in International Policy Studies that operates under the ICA banner. This program differs substantially from the regional programs and is discussed separately, at ica.stanford.edu. Law/ ICA joint degree recipients are equipped for both U.S.-based and region-based careers across a broad spectrum: legal practice, banking, business, government, and nongovernmental organizations.