International Law


Almost every area of legal practice crosses borders in the 21st century. The International Law Concentration gives you the opportunity to hone your legal skills and gain exposure to varied aspects of multi-jurisdictional practice.

For students who are interested in a career involving international law, foreign law, or transactions and activities that cross borders, completing the International Law Concentration will help to distinguish you from other job applicants and give you the confidence and skills to practice in a global setting. The depth of our course offerings allows the flexibility of taking courses in international trade and business, public international law and human rights, and foreign legal systems, among other subjects. UC Law SF also partners with a select group of foreign law schools, giving students remarkable opportunities to study abroad.

Most importantly, the experience you gain as a student of international law will help you cultivate and grow the kind of strategic, integrated thinking that gives you the confidence and skills to practice in a global setting.

The program’s faculty is comprised of international law leaders including Professor Karen Musalo, an expert in refugee law; Professor Ugo Mattei, an expert in comparative law; Professor Joel Paul, an expert in international trade and economic law; Professor David Takacs, an expert in international environmental law; and Professor Keith Hand, an expert on the Chinese legal system. From advising the U.S. government on international law and litigation, to changing conversations about transitional justice, to breaking new ground in transnational business cases, our faculty is helping to shape the future of international law.

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Concentration, you must complete a Concentrated Studies Application. After obtaining the necessary signature(s), submit the form to the Office of the Registrar.

Please see the Course Catalog for the most updated information about each concentration’s requirements, including required and qualifying classes. If you have questions, please reach out to the Concentration Advisor.

Advisor: Professor Binyamin Blum


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Hiro Aragaki

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
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George Bisharat

The Honorable Raymond L. Sullivan Professor of Law
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Blaine Bookey

Visiting Assistant Professor and Legal Director, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
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Moira Duvernay

Deputy Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
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Keith Hand

Professor of Law and Director of the Center for East Asian Legal Studies
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Andrea Lollini

Senior Research Scholar at the UCSF/UC Law SF Consortium on Law, Science, and Health Policy
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Ugo Mattei

Ray L. Sullivan Professor of Law
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Setsuo Miyazawa

Senior Director Emeritus of the Center for East Asian Legal Studies and Senior Affiliated Scholar
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Karen Musalo

Professor and Chair in International Law, Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
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Joel Richard Paul

Emeritus Alfred and Hanna Fromm Professor of International Law
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Dorit Reiss

Professor of Law and the James Edgar Hervey ’50 Chair of Litigation
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Jessica Vapnek

Associate Dean of the MSL Program, Director of the International Development Law Center, Professor of Practice
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