There are many universities that offer standard law programs with a focus in the field of international law. These programs provide adequate training for aspiring international lawyers.
10 Top International Law Schools
In 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked the following schools as the top universities for students who want to study international law.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||$59,330|
|Columbia University||New York, NY||4-year, Private||$62,700|
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||$58,242|
|Georgetown University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||$55,255|
|American University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||$51,002|
|University of Michigan - Ann Arbor||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public||$53,112 in-state, $56,112 out-of-state|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||4-year, Private||$58,050|
|George Washington University||Washington, DC||4-year, Private||$54,114|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private||$57,717|
|University of California - Berkeley||Berkeley, CA||4-year, Public||$48,679 in-state, $52,630 out-of-state|
Source: *U.S. News and World Report
School Selection Criteria
Here are some things to consider when shopping around for international law programs:
- Potential schools should have a broad curriculum that mandates courses in various subjects, such as U.S. law, legal research, writing-based classes and immigration law.
- Look for programs that offer specializations in things like business law, environmental law, gender law, international organizations, intellectual property and human rights.
- Students may consider programs with dual-degree options, which may open extra career opportunities.
- Make sure faculty are licensed international lawyers or hold doctoral degrees in their respective fields.
To become an international lawyer, it can help to earn a law degree with a concentration in the field from a top-ranked university that offers a wide variety of academic opportunities.