Top Ten International Law Schools in the USA

Top 10 International Law Schools in the USA

Imagine 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 in this article are believed to be true for the school year 2022-2023.

10. University of Virginia

“Virginia is justly famous for its collegial environment that bonds students and faculty”

Location:Charlottesville, Virginia
International Centers, Programs, and Institutes:Center for National Security LawCenter for Oceans Law and Policy
International Human Rights Law Clinic
Immigration Law Program
Study Abroad Opportunities:Joint degree from University Paris 1 Pantheon – Sorbonne Law School and Sciences Po/Paris.
UVA offers exchange programs with the following universities:

University of Auckland (New Zealand)
Bocconi Law School in Italy
Bucerius Law School in Germany
Hebrew University in Israel
Instituto de Empresa (IE) in Spain
The University of Melbourne in Australia
The University of Paris II in FranceSeoul National University in Korea
The University of Sydney in Australia
Tel Aviv University Law School in Israel
Waseda University in Japan
Tuition/Year:$68,500 (Residents)  $71,500 (Nonresidents)

9. Yale University

“Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools.

Location:New Haven, Connecticut
International Centers, Programs, and Institutes:Center for Global Legal Challenges
Global Health Justice Partnership
China Law Center
Center for International Human Rights
Latin America Legal Studies
Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization
Grueber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights
The World Fellows Program
The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
Study Abroad Opportunities:Fellowship at the American University in Cairo
Fellowships in International Human Rights
International Court of Justice at the Hague Internship/Clerkship
Yale Law School Fellowship at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (The Hague)
Ruebhausen South Asia Teaching and Research Fellowship

8. University of Michigan

“A diverse body of talented students whose cooperative spirit helps bring out the best in faculty and student alike.”

Location:Ann Arbor, Michigan
International Centers, Programs, and Institutes:Center for International & Comparative Law
Program in Refugee & Asylum Law
Program for Cambodian Law and Development
European Legal Studies Program
Chinese Legal Studies
Japanese Legal Studies Program
South Africa and Geneva Externship Programs
Study Abroad Opportunities:
Semester study abroad agreements currently exist with the following Universities:
Amsterdam Law School (The Netherlands)
University of Paris II  (France)
University College London
Katholieke University in Leuven (Belgium)
Bucerius Law School in Hamburg (Germany)
European University Institute in Florence (Italy)
Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law (Israel)
Waseda University Law School in Tokyo (Japan)
Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI) in Geneva
Students may also create their own semester study abroad arrangements, approved by the Law School, and in recent years have done so with the University of Copenhagen, ITAM in Mexico City, the University of Hong Kong, and ICADE, Comillas, in Madrid, Spain.
Tuition/Year:$63,680 (Residents) $66,680 (Nonresidents)

7. Duke University

“A community of students and scholars located in the center of one of the country’s greatest research universities.

Location:Durham, North Carolina
International Centers, Programs, and Institutes:The Global Law Workshop
Center for International and Comparative Law
LLM Degree for Foreign Law Graduates
Study Abroad Opportunities:Duke Law offers two international summer institutes: The Duke-Geneva Institute in Transnational Law (Switzerland) and the Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law (Hong Kong)
Duke Law has exchange programs with:
Austral University (Argentina)
Portuguese Catholic University (Portugal)
Bocconi University (Italy)
Universite Pantheon-Assas (Paris II – France)
Bond University (Australia)
University of Cape Town (South Africa)
Bucerius Law School (Germany)
University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
ESADE Law School (Spain)
University of Geneva (Switzerland)
ITAM (Mexico)
University of Heidelberg (Germany)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
University of Hong Kong
National University of Singapore
University of Melbourne (Australia)
Peking University (China)
University of Sydney (Australia)
Waseda University (Japan)
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

6. University of Texas

“Students at UT Law enjoy the best of many worlds, and they emerge with a spectacular education.”

Location:Austin, Texas
International Centers, Programs, and Institutes:Immigration Clinic
Transnational Worker Rights Clinic
Center for Human Rights
Institute for Transnational Law
International Moot Court Competitions
Lozano Long Institute for Latin America Studies
Study Abroad Opportunities:JD/Licenciatura en Derecho with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
JD/LLM joint program with the University of Nottingham and the University of Edinburgh.
The following universities participate in semester abroad programs with UT Law:

Queen Mary, University of London
University of Melbourne (Australia)
University of New South Wales (Australia)
University of Sydney (Australia)
University of Leiden (Australia)
European University Institute (Italy)
University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
University of Torcuato di Tella (Argentina)
Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)
Bucerius Law School (Germany)
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
Universidade Federal do Para (Brazil)
Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile.
National University of Singapore
Tuition/Year:$36,429 (Residents) $54,096 (Nonresidents)

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).

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).

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)

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)

1. New York University

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

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

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