International & Comparative Law Concentration Track

The University of Washington is a world-class center for international study, and the Law School is no exception. International and Comparative Law are offered in two J.D. concentration tracks and in two LL.M. programs, so all students benefit from the expertise of the faculty and variety of courses available. Students at the School publish the Washington International Law Journal, a leading chronicle of developments and legal trends in countries around the Pacific Rim.

International concerns permeate areas like Intellectual Property and Contracts, courses not ordinarily considered "international." The integrated approach taken by the School's faculty, however, ensures that all students are exposed to comparative law concepts. Thanks to this broad view, students particularly interested in international and comparative law have ample opportunity to discover and explore the facets that interest them most.

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Program Requirements


Follow all of the steps outlined on the Concentration Tracks page.


  • A paper written as part of an international or comparative seminar course (3 -6 credits). The course may be drawn from the list below, or may be an additional course approved for this purpose by the Concentration Track Faculty Advisor.
  • OR

  • A faculty-supervised E500 Advanced Writing Project on an international or comparative law topic, approved by the supervising faculty member.


Not all courses will be available each year

  • At least two of the following foundational courses:
  • At least two of the following applied courses:
  • International & Comparative Law Learning Outcomes

    J.D. students electing to specialize in the International & Comparative Law Concentration Track should achieve the competencies expected of all J.D. students at the University of Washington. In addition, they should be able to:

    1. In a non-U.S. legal system such as international, civil, or Islamic law:
      1. Identify sources of law and the use of legal materials; and
      2. Understand significant legal institutions and methods of dispute resolution; and
      3. Construct legal arguments and evaluate proposed solutions to problems.
    2. Apply critical thinking in examining issues across legal systems.

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