LAW-2977 Legal Practice in International and Comparative Law

Ms. Christine Bustany,

2 credits day; 2 credits evening.


Students using this course to fulfill the experiential learning requirement may not also use this same course to meet the legal writing requirement.


This course is designed to bridge theory and practice in the area of international and comparative law. The goals of this course are threefold: first, to provide an overview of substantive law relating to international legal practice, specifically in the public interest field; second, to train students in practical skills necessary for international lawyering and advocacy; and, third, to present students with an opportunity to carry out a focused examination of a case study, which may be drawn from their prospective international internships and fieldwork. Throughout, students will critically engage with questions that are central to what it means to practice public interest international law today.

To begin, this course will provide an overview of key substantive issues of international and comparative law and explore current controversies in the field. The focus of the course will be public-interest international lawyering in the field of human rights, transitional justice, development, and the environment. Moving to practice-related issues, students will work on individual projects associated with their proposed internship (or a hypothetical case study for those students not pursuing internships) and develop their fundamental lawyering and advocacy skills, including with regards to international research, oral and written advocacy, interviewing, media advocacy, and cross-cultural lawyering competencies.


Faculty comments: Note: This seminar is open to all interested students and is especially intended as a companion course for students pursuing various international internships and fieldwork, in particular, those associated with the International and Comparative Law and Legal Practice (ICLLP) Fellowship Program. This course has limited enrollment and priority will be given to ICLLP Fellows, for whom this is a required course.

The ICLLP Fellowship Program offers the opportunity to (i) complete a specialized training course in legal practice in international and comparative law, (ii) undertake an international summer internship working for a public interest organization, and (iii) complete a culminating project growing out of that experience. Accepted students receive a scholarship in connection with the fellowship. For more information on the program, visit: http://www.suffolk.edu/law/academics/internships/19162.php.The ICLLP Fellowship is open to second-year JD day student applicants, and second and third year JD evening students. The ICLLP Fellowship Application deadline is Nov. 14, 2014. Contact with questions: C. Bustany (cbustany@suffolk.edu).

The ICLLP Fellowship Program offers second-year JD students the opportunity to (i) complete a specialized training course in legal practice in international and comparative law, (ii) undertake a summer internship working for an organization engaged in public or private international law, and (iii) complete a culminating project growing out of that experience. Accepted students receive a stipend in connection with their internship expenses. For more information on the program, visit: http://www.suffolk.edu/law/academics/internships/19162.php.The ICLLP Fellowship is open to second-year JD student applicants. Contact with questions: C. Bustany (cbustany@suffolk.edu).


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pointer    Meets Experiential Learning Requirement

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<<Course Updated: April 08, 2016>>