Centers, Clinics, and Programs

INTERNATIONAL LAW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Students may obtain a Certificate of Specialization in International Law. This advanced curricular program recognizes students who have done intensive coursework and produced a substantial piece of written work on an international of comparative law topic.

MILLER INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL CHALLENGES AND THE LAW

The Honorable G. William and Ariadna Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law is an internationally-focused research and policy center. The Institute seeks to promote student engagement with international and comparative law; provide a platform for legal and policy debate, and for recognizing excellence; and support faculty scholarship.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW CLINIC

This clinic marshals the resources of the faculty and students of UC Berkeley to advance the struggle for human rights on behalf of individuals and marginalized communities. It clarifies complex issues, develops innovative policy solutions, and engages in vigorous advocacy. At the same time, the clinic prepares graduates for an increasingly diverse, competitive, and international legal profession.

HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER

The Human Rights Center, recently honored with a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, promotes human rights and international justice worldwide and trains the next generation of human rights researchers and advocates. The research and training center applies innovative technologies and scientific methods to investigate war crimes and other serious violations of human rights. Based on findings, it recommends specific policy measures to protect vulnerable populations and hold perpetrators accountable. It also trains advocates around the world and provides them with the skills and tools necessary to document human rights abuses and turn this information into effective action.

MASTER OF LAWS PROGRAMS

Berkeley offers two tracks toward a Master of Laws degree: a traditional full-year program and a two-session summer program designed for working attorneys. The traditional LL.M. track integrates American and international law students at various levels of study, allowing candidates to satisfy degree requirements by enrolling in the same courses and seminars offered to J.D. law students.

The professional track is designed for lawyers educated outside the U.S. who want an internationally renowned Berkeley Law degree, but can’t leave professional commitments for an entire year. Students conduct their study over two consecutive summer sessions, and they are taught by the same faculty as academic year students.

PHILIP C. JESSUP INTERNATIONAL LAW MOOT COURT COMPETITION

Berkeley Law participates in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

A five-person team competes on an international topic before a mock International Court of Justice. The regional rounds are extremely competitive, and only one team advances to the International rounds, which include teams from all over the world.