The Center for International Law

JD Certificate in International Human Rights Law


Degree candidates interested in enhancing their career opportunities with the JD Certificate in International Human Rights Law must complete a minimum of 16 credits, including 8 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in international human rights law coursework. In addition, as part of the independent research requirement, candidates must complete a substantial research paper on a topic related to international human rights. This paper may build upon a paper completed in another course, so long as the paper is disclosed in advance and approved by the associate dean for academic affairs.

Alternatives to the Elective Courses

Certificate candidates may petition to have up to 3 credits from one or more of the areas listed below count toward the certificate's elective requirements. The candidate's work must have a significant focus on international human rights and be approved by the director for the Center for International Law.

  • Clinical programs
  • Courses offered at another ABA-approved law school
  • Externships
  • Internships
  • Moot court competition participation
  • Other JD elective courses

Proposed Schedule

Degree candidates pursuing the JD Certificate in International Human Rights should consult with the Center to plan a specific program tailored to their needs.