Academics

As a student in this program you’ll be enrolled in the four-credit course LAW 4031 Introduction to the Global Study of Law.

This four-part course, taught by faculty of Cornell Law School, is designed to introduce advanced undergraduate students to key topics in the study and practice of law within a global context.

Units are organized around four sets of issues:

  1. How do U.S. law and legal institutions relate to legal cultures from around the world; and how does one analyze different national and international legal systems from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective?
  2. What is the role of constitutional law and principles within the U.S. and globally?
  3. What are the main challenges confronting international human rights, including their ability to protect traditionally disadvantaged groups such as women?
  4. What is involved in the practice of transnational business law; and what structures of law regulate international corporate behavior?

In addition, you’ll learn about key concepts and techniques used by lawyers and courts in analyzing cases, formulating policy, interpreting statutes, and negotiating disputes.

Most portions of this course are taught using the Socratic method, the primary method of instruction at most U.S. law schools.

As in law school, you’ll be expected to read assigned materials in advance of each class period and regularly participate in class discussions.