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Certificate in International Legal Studies

The Pacific McGeorge Certificate in International Legal Studies is distinctive because the curriculum has equal strength in public international law (relations between states) and private international law (transnational business). With public and private law intersecting more than ever due to economic development and globalization, the program's dual emphasis provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the issues facing today's legal advocates.

Explore a Certificate in International Legal Studies

  • Requirements & Curriculum
  • International Legal Studies Faculty — Students are encouraged to consult with the Faculty Advisor of the Certificate Program, and with professors teaching any of the listed courses, to learn more about how the specific courses may further their academic interests and career goals. The Faculty Advisor, in consultation with the International Studies Committee, is authorized to approve appropriate substitutions of courses or units when necessary to accommodate the specific career goals and interests of individual students, as well as to provide academic counseling. Hether Macfarlane is the Faculty Advisor for the Cer­tificate in International Legal Studies. If you are interested in the Certificate Program, you should contact Professor Macfarlane by email or at 916.739.7215.

Certificate Application

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the Certificate/Concentration Form, and submit the following:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose — Tell us, in at least 200 words, why you want to obtain a Certificate in International Legal Studies and explain how it fits into your career goals.
  • Up-to-date Transcript, or, for first-year students, a letter from the Registrar's Office with your midterm scores.

Submit your application online, in person at to the Centers of Distinction Office, located in Northwest Hall, or mail to the address below.

Mailing address:
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Centers of Distinction
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817

Related Activities

At Pacific McGeorge, you may interact with J.D. and LL.M. students from many other countries on campus. Students with an international interest participate in a number of co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including:

  • Global Business & Development Law Journal — The Global Business & Development Law Journal provides a forum for articles, comments and notes by practitioners, legal scholars, and students on current topics of relevance to transnational practitioners.
  • International Moot Court Competition Teams — Each year, Pacific McGeorge fields two moot court competition teams in competitions whose subject matter involves international law issues. For the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, held each spring, students prepare a written brief and compete at oral argument on a dispute involving public international law. 
  • McGeorge International Law Society — McGeorge's International Law Society is a student organization that brings together those interested in international law. Members meet informally to discuss current international legal trends and the society sponsors speakers on current international topics. For example, the Society brought speakers from throughout North America to campus to discuss implications of NAFTA when it was near adoption.


Contact the Centers of Distinction
Email | 916.739.7316
Hether Macfarlane, Faculty Advisor for the Certificate in International Legal Studies
Email | 916.739.7215