Top Ten International Law Schools in the USA

By Denisse Romero
Imagine yourself working at the Hague, fighting for international human rights, drafting a multinational business contract or defending immigrants facing deportation. The field of international law is now more important than ever with globalization, trade agreements, and human rights policies affecting the lives of millions of people around the world. Can you imagine the infinite possibilities that a degree in international law offers? If you have already made up your mind about pursuing this field, then take a look at the top ten law schools for international law in the USA. They have been chosen based on their academic reputation, commitment to the field of international law, research centers and institutes, study abroad opportunities and exchange agreements with international law faculties.
The tuition rates stated on this article are believed to be true for the school year 2013-2014.

5. Cornell University

“From the beginning, Cornell Law School has embraced an international perspective, a diverse student body, and international scholarship.”

Location: Ithaca, New York
International Centers, Programs and Institutes: The Berger International Legal Studies Program
The Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
The Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture
Mori, Hamada & Matsumoto Faculty Exchange
The Clarke Middle East Legal Studies Fund
Study Abroad Opportunities:
Cornell Law School offers summer programs at the Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law in Paris and at the Summer Law Institute in Suzhou, China.
In addition, Cornell offers semester abroad programs with:Bucerius Law School (Germany)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Central European University (Hungary)
ESADE (Spain)
University of Heidelberg (Germany)
University of Hong Kong (China)
Humboldt University (Germany)
Keio University (Japan)
University College London
University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France)
Peking University Law School (China)
Pompeu Fabra University (Spain)
University of Sydney (Australia)
Tel Aviv University (Israel)
Waseda University (Japan).
Tuition/Year: $57,270
Website: http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu

4. Georgetown University

“The Law School located in the heart of the nation’s capital.”

Location: Washington, DC
International Centers, Programs and Institutes: Center for Transnational Legal Studies
London Summer Program
Asian Law and Policy Studies
Center for the Advancement of the Rule of the Law in the Americas (CAROLA)
Georgetown Human Rights Institute
Institute of International Economic Law
Program on International Business and Economic Law
Study Abroad Opportunities:
Georgetown Law currently has established study abroad programs with:
Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Tsinghua University School of Law (China)
Bucerius Law School in Hamburg (Germany)
University of Heidelberg (Germany)
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel)
University of Leiden (The Netherlands)
National University of Singapore School of Law
ESADE University School of Law (Spain)
The Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and Paris I (part of the Sorbonne).
Tuition/Year: $50,890
Website: http://www.law.georgetown.edu

3. Harvard University

“At Harvard Law School, ‘international’ is not just something we teach. It is something we are.”

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
International Centers, Programs and Institutes: East Asian Legal Studies Program
European Law Research Center
Human Rights Program
International Center for Criminal Justice
Islamic Legal Studies Program
Program on International Financial Systems
International Law Library
Study Abroad Opportunities:
Joint JD/LLM program from Cambridge University
Harvard Law School has exchange agreements with a number of foreign schools:
University of Sydney (Australia)
Fudan University Law School (Shanghai, China)
University of Tokyo (Japan)
University of Geneva Faculty of Law and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies – Geneva (Switzerland)
University of Chile (Santiago, Chile)
Fundação Getulio Vargas (Rio and Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Arrangements with the following school are being finalized:
University of Toronto (Canada)
University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Tuition/Year: $52,350
Website: http://www.law.harvard.edu

2. Columbia University

“Our students, faculty, and centers’ activities reach far beyond Jerome Greene Hall, and continue to have a formidable impact on the international community.”

Location: New York, New York
International Centers, Programs and Institutes: Center for Contract and Economic Organization
Center for Chinese Legal Studies
Center for Japanese Legal Studies
Center for Korean Legal Studies
European Legal Studies Center
The Center for Global Legal Problems
Human Rights Institute
Parker School for Foreign and Comparative Law
International Moot Court
Study Abroad Opportunities:
Dual degrees in French Law Program with Universite de Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne and the Insitut d’etudes politiques, “Sciences-Po”
Dual degrees with the University of London
Dual degrees with the Institut for Law and Finance at the University of Frankfurt
In addition, Columbia Law School offers the following exchange programs:
University of Amsterdam
Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany)
University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)
European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
Institute for Law & Finance in Frankfurt (Germany)
Peking University
Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel)
Humboldt University (Germany)
Kyushu University (Japan)
University of Neuchatel (Switzerland)
University of Paris II – Assas (France)
National University of Singapore
Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan)
University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
Tuition/Year: $55,960
Website: http://www.law.columbia.edu

1. New York University

“New York University Law School is a global ‘melting pot’ of scholars and practicioners.”

Location: New York, New York
International Centers, Programs and Institutes: Hauser Global Law School Program
Institute for International Law and Justice
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Center on Law and Security
Global Public Service Law Project
Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice
Project on Transitional Justice
Study Abroad Opportunities:
NYU School of Law participates in study abroad programs with eleven foreign law faculties at the universities of:
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Kyushu (Japan)
Copenhagen (Denmark)
Leuven (Belgium)
Palermo (Argentina)
Paris II and Paris X (France)
Sydney (Australia)
European University Institute (Italy)
Bucerius Law School (Germany)
National University of Singapore
Tuition/Year: $53,200
Website: http://www.law.nyu.edu

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