International Trade and Finance Certificate


The International Trade and Finance Certificate permits KU Law students to specialize their studies in the areas of international trade, international business and international finance, and to obtain a certificate reflecting that specialization.

The International Trade and Finance Certificate is designed to serve the following purposes:

  1. to assist KU Law students in preparing for the increasingly global practice of law, and in particular to emphasize the business nature of that practice; and
  2. to give KU Law graduates a competitive advantage in the employment market.

Certificate Requirements

Students should notify the registrar of their intention to satisfy the certificate requirements before the end of their first full academic year.

In addition to all other J.D. degree requirements, students must complete the requirements below to earn the International Trade and Finance Certificate.

Core Courses

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

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

International Finance and Economics Courses

At least two courses, for at least 5 credits, from the following list:

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Banking Law
  • Business Planning Seminar
  • Commercial Law: Payment Systems
  • Corporate Finance
  • Land Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation of Business Enterprises
  • 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):

  • Antitrust Law
  • Biolaw
  • Copyright Law in a Digital Age
  • Elections and Campaign Finance
  • Energy Law & Policy
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Higher Education and the Law Seminar
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media and the First Amendment
  • Oil and Gas 
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Practice
  • Special Topics course (with approval of the certificate director)
  • Water Law

Comparative and Public International Law Course

At least one course for a total of 3 credits 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 a foreign legal system, an Indigenous legal system or the international 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
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law and Literature
  • Islamic Law
  • Public International Law
  • Sovereignty, Self-Determination and the Indigenous Nations
  • The Law of War
  • Any other course focusing on a comparative dimension 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 approval of the certificate director, or in their absence, the assistant dean for academic and student affairs)
  • Any other course focusing on the legal system of another country, region, culture, or religion, including, for example, European Union Law, Law of India, Japanese Law, Latin American Law, Jewish Law, Hindu Law, or such a course taught in an ABA-accredited summer law program (with approval of the certificate director, or in their absence, the assistant dean for academic and student affairs)

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.


Andrew Torrance
Associate Dean, International and Comparative Law
Paul E. Wilson Distinguished Professor of Law