Certificate in International Law

  • Section 1. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in International Law must earn a minimum of eighteen (18) academic credits in the courses listed in sections 1.a., 1.b. and 1.c. below: 
    • a. Required Basic Courses: Completion of the following basic courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in International Law: 
      • i. Public International Law; 
      • ii. International Business Transactions; and 
      • iii. One of the following:
        • A. International Criminal Law; or
        • B. International Human Rights. 
    • b. Required Capstone Course: Completion of one of the following capstone courses is required for the NIU-COL Certificate in International Law: 
      • i. Comparative Law, as a seminar;
      • ii. International Intellectual Property Law, as a seminar;
      • iii. Another seminar or a Directed Research project if primarily focused on international law;
      • iv. An externship or clinic primarily focused on international or immigration law, as approved in advance for certificate eligibility by the supervising faculty member; or
      • v. Civil Law & Civil Lawyers: The French Experience, and The Legal System of the European Union, including participation in other aspects of the Agen program for study abroad.
    • c. Elective Courses: An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in International Law is further required to earn sufficient additional credits from the following list of elective courses in order to meet the eighteen-credit minimum described above: 
      • i. Any of the courses listed in Section 1.a.iii., if not counted toward the Basic Required Courses in that section;
      • ii. Any of the courses listed in Section 1.b., if not counted toward the Required Capstone Course in that section;
      • iii. Conflict of Laws;
      • iv. Women, Law, and the Global Economy;
      • v. Immigration Law;
      • vi. International Civil Litigation in U.S. Courts; or
      • vii. Jessup Moot Court, with the certification of the coach that the student applying for the certificate made a substantial contribution to the team.
  • Section 2. An applicant for an NIU-COL Certificate in International Law must also meet the GPA and other requirements set forth in the College of Law Guidelines for Certificate Programs
  • Section 3. At the beginning of any semester, the supervising faculty member, with the approval of the Curriculum Committee, may add courses that are primarily focused on International Law to the list of Elective Courses under section 1.c.