International Study

Students are exposed to a global faculty through teaching and research exchange opportunities with law schools in England, France, Germany, Finland, South Africa, Morocco, India, Japan, China and Australia. The law school also offers a number of courses focused on international legal issues complemented by guest lecturers and visiting professors from law schools around the world.

When Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke in 1997 at the University of Louisville, she noted that strategic planning for the 21st Century rests upon the establishment of international frameworks in four critical areas:

  • improving worldwide public health and the global environment;
  • protecting human rights;
  • conducting fair and free trade;
  • and enhancing public safety against international crime and terrorism.

The challenge of creating and sustaining all of these international frameworks falls largely upon the legal profession.

Lawyers, and those who use their law training in business, government, and education, already know that previously discrete parts of the world are connecting and influencing each other in a myriad of ways. Global events are broadening the legal dimensions of commerce, employment, finance, civil liberties, family relationships, regulation of markets, delivery of health care, sustainable economic development, public administration, and a host of other subjects formerly viewed from the narrow perspectives of purely local, state, or national law.

The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is preparing students to enter a global profession, and is assisting the profession in meeting its global responsibilities. Brandeis provides a curriculum enriched by international and comparative law offerings; a diverse array of exchanges with other law schools around the world; and a record of participation in programs for legal reform and training of lawyers and judges in foreign countries.

The curriculum includes courses in International Law, English Legal System, European Union Law, International Business Transactions, Comparative Law, Immigration Law, and Contemporary Problems in International Law (featuring presentations by faculty members from foreign law schools). Through its connection with the Muhammad Ali Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at the University of Louisville, the Brandeis School of Law can also provide opportunities for students to gain international perspectives in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution courses.

Exchanges provide students in Louisville a window on the world. The Brandeis School of Law enjoys faculty exchange relationships with ILS College of Law in Pune, India; Daito Bunka University and Kagawa University in Japan; Yunnan University in the People's Republic of China; University of Western Sydney in Australia; University of Natal in South Africa; University of Marrakech in Morocco; Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany; University of Turku in Finland; University of Montpellier in France; and University of Leeds in Great Britain. Students at Brandeis have unique opportunities to engage in programs of study at these law schools, where they already know one or more faculty members. In addition, Brandeis students may participate in programs abroad sponsored by any other law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Brandeis students maintain an active International Law Society. The Brandeis School of Law has recently welcomed graduate law students from Japan, France, China, England, and Finland, who have come to Louisville for studies in American and international law.