International Trade & Finance Certificate

The International Trade & Finance Certificate is designed to serve three basic purposes:

  1. to assist J.D. students at KU Law in preparing for the increasingly global practice of law, and in particular to emphasize the business nature of that practice;
  2. to give J.D. students at KU Law a competitive advantage in the employment market; and
  3. to give KU Law a competitive advantage in attracting great J.D. applications and recruiting promising J.D. students.

Core Courses
Three fundamental courses dealing with international trade, commerce and investment:

  • Advanced International Trade Law
  • International Commerce and Investment
  • International Trade Law

International Finance and Economics Courses
At least two courses, for at least 6 credits, from the following list:

  • Banking Law
  • Commercial Law: Payment Systems
  • Corporate Finance
  • Insurance
  • International Economic Law and Development
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Securities Regulation
  • A course in International Finance, Portfolio Management, or equivalent, including one offered by the School of Business, such as Global Finance and Ethics, or one offered by the Department of Economics
  • A course in International Tax or equivalent
  • A course in International Financial Law, International Banking Law, or International Securities Regulation

Business Sector Course
One course on legal issues pertaining to a specific sector of the American economy, or to a specific sector or sectors in a region of the world (e.g., energy in the Middle East):

  • Agriculture Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Biodiversity Law
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Copyright Law & Digital Works
  • Elections and Campaign Finance
  • Energy Law & Policy
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Care Financing & Regulation
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and the Arts
  • Media and the First Amendment
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Practice
  • Sports Law
  • Topics in the Law of Cyberspace
  • Water Law

Comparative and Public International Law Course
At least one course in comparative law or international law. This course is complementary to the Core Courses in that it deals with legal issues from the perspective of the international legal system or of a foreign legal system. International Trade and Finance is practiced in jurisdictions reflecting all the major legal traditions, as well as in the context of the international legal system, so it is important to develop in an American law school some facility with such other legal systems.

  • Chinese Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Islamic Law
  • Public International Law
  • Sovereignty, Self-Determination and the Indigenous Nations
  • Any other course focusing on a comparative dimensions of a field of law, including, for example, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Tax Law, or such a course taught in an ABA-accredited summer law program, with the permission of the Director of the Certificate Program, or in his/her absence, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Any other course focusing on the legal system of another country, region, culture, or religion, including, for example, Japanese Law, Latin American Law, Jewish Law, Hindu Law, or such a course taught in an ABA-accredited summer law program, with the permission of the director of the certificate program, or in his/her absence, the associate dean for academic affairs

Writing Project
A substantial writing project on a topic relating to International Trade and Finance. This writing project must be of such a nature as to earn at least 1 credit hour, or as to represent (at the discretion of the director of the certificate program) an equivalent amount of work. The normal expectation would be that the paper would be a significant one of publishable quality.

  • Independent Research
  • Kansas Law Review or Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy

Course descriptions

Requests to deviate from these requirements may be granted by the director of the certificate program in instances of life circumstances, scheduling conflicts, or other pressing reasons.


Raj Bhala
Associate Dean for Int'l & Comparative Law
Rice Distinguished Professor

John Head
Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor

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