Top Universities for International Law

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Top Universities for International Law
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A degree in international law can lead to a career with a multinational corporation, a human rights organisation or government agencies. A degree from one of the top-ranked law schools can help open doors along your career path. "U.S. News & World Report" regularly ranks schools that offer international law programs. Rankings are based on factors such as surveys of law school deans, tenured faculty and department chairs, the opinions of practicing lawyers and judges, LSAT scores, student grade point average, bar passage rate and graduate employment rates.

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New York University

In 2010, "U.S. News and World Report" ranked New York University's international law program as the best in the U.S. Students can participate in the school's international law centres, colloquiums and associations such as the Hauser Global Law School Program Institute for International Law and Justice, the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, the Hauser Globalization Colloquium, the Asia Law Society and the Islamic Law Students Association. Faculty research includes topics such as transitional justice, global antitrust litigation, international human rights and international commercial law. The school offers more than 40 international law courses each year. Degree programs include a Juris Doctor, Master of Laws or doctorate in International Law and Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, International Taxation or Global Business Law.

Columbia University

Columbia University ranked second on the 2010 "U.S. News & World Report" list. Columbia's international law program organises studies by geographic region, such as Europe, China and Japan, as well as by field in centres and institutes including the Center for Global Legal Problems, the Human Rights Institute and the Parker School for Foreign and Comparative Law. Faculty research covers human rights law, international law and diplomacy and foreign relations law. Students can participate in study abroad programs in 12 countries, with destinations such as Paris, Buenos Aries, Jerusalem, Budapest and Tokyo. The school offers Juris Doctor, Master of Law and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University ranked third in 2010. The school's Transnational Law program offers coursework in international, transnational and comparative law. Faculty research interests include international human rights, globalisation and systemic risk, international trade, Chinese law, bioterrorism and national security law. Students can study abroad in London, Berlin, Melbourne, Singapore, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Moscow. Centers and institutes include the Georgetown Human Rights Institute, the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and the Center for the Advancement of the Rule of the Law in the Americas. Degree programs include a Juris Doctor in International Law; Master of Laws degrees in Global Health, National Security, International Business and Economic Law, or Taxation; Master of Studies in Law for working journalists; and a Doctor of Juridical Science.

Harvard University

Fourth on the "U.S. News & World Report" list, the Harvard University Law School offers Juris Doctor, Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees in International and Comparative Law. Students can gain international experience in affiliate universities in Cambridge, Geneva, Sydney, Shanghai, Tokyo, Johannesburg or Santiago, Chile. Centers and institutes include the Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Islamic Legal Studies Program, the International Human Rights Clinic and the International Center for Criminal Justice. Faculty research includes topics such as poverty and development, territorial extent of human rights and international trade and intellectual property law.

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