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International Law Certificate Program

Picture Florida State students planning a career in international law can receive additional training in Florida State's certificate program in International Law. The program, which recognizes its graduates for their concentration in the area, carries additional requirements beyond those for the J.D. degree, and signals to potential employers that a graduate has advanced training.

Program Requirements

Credit hours and courses: The candidate must successfully complete a total of 91 credit hours for graduation with a Certificate in International Law (Certificate); 21 credit hours must be courses and activities designated within the program (Program Course and/or Activities) by the International Programs Committee (Committee). No more than 4 credits obtained at the Oxford Summer Program may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate.


Forms: You will be required to fill out the combined Student Registration and Student Progress Tracking Form to pursue the International Law Certificate Program. You will initially use the form for registration, and to document any requirements you have already completed at the time of registration. You will then need to fill in the form each year to record your progress toward completion of the program requirements.

Required Program Courses: The candidate must successfully complete two of the following four core courses, each of which must be taken at Florida State University for graded credit.

Elective Program Courses and Activities: The remainder of the required 21 credit hours must be fulfilled by additional core courses and/or selection from the following elective program courses and activities:

Program Courses: Elective program courses include the following courses currently listed in the Florida State Law curriculum. The committee may from time to time approve other program courses.

Program Activities: When taken for credit, up to three credit hours for the following program activities may be applied toward the required credit hours for the certificate. The committee may from time to time approve other program activities.

  • The Jessup International Law Moot Court course
  • An international law Moot Court competition approved by the committee
  • Board membership on the Florida State University Journal of Transnational Law & Policy
  • An international law externship approved by the committee, including the International Bar Association, the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and the ABA/Asia Program

Transfer Credit: For Florida State University College of Law students, 14 of the required 21 credits, including the two required courses, must be Florida State Law courses. All Oxford courses are Florida State Law courses. If a student transfers to Florida State Law, 14 of the required 21 credits, including two of the three required courses, must be Florida State Law courses.

Grade Requirement: All program courses must be taken for graded credit if so offered. Program activities, however, may be taken on a S/U basis, provided that the candidate otherwise fulfills relevant J.D. requirements. The certificate will be awarded only to candidates with an average grade of 74 or above for all program courses. Candidates achieving an average grade of 84 to 88.99 for all program courses will be awarded the Certificate with Honors; 89 to 92.99 will be awarded High Honors; and 93 and above will be awarded Highest Honors.

Paper Requirement: The candidate must successfully complete a two- or three-credit seminar or course or Directed Individual Study (DIS) that includes a substantial research paper on an international or comparative law topic. If the paper is submitted for a course other than a program course, the topic must be approved in advance by the committee. A "substantial research paper" is a paper of a scope that would meet the upper-level writing requirement.

Skills Requirement: Students must fulfill a skills training requirement, which can be obtained in any one of four ways: (i) by completing at least 40 hours of pro bono work in the areas of international and comparative law, (ii) by completing a moot court competition (such as the Jessup competition) in an area relevant to international and comparative law, (iii) by completing an internship or externship in a relevant area, or (iv) by completing a qualifying skills training class (such as International Trade Simulation) or a class in international legal research (such as International Legal Research or Human Rights Legal Research).