International Trade & Finance Certificate

The International Trade & 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.

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

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 as approved by 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 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, 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 the permission of the director of the certificate program, or in his/her absence, the Associate Dean for Academic 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.


Virginia Harper Ho
Associate Dean, Int'l & Comparative Law
Professor of Law