Certificate in International and Comparative Law Now Offered at IU McKinney


A new Certificate in International and Comparative Law is available to students at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

It is one of several certificates offered at IU McKinney. Such certificates provide students an opportunity to demonstrate to potential employers that they have focused their studies on a specific area of interest and achieved a level of excellence.

Such a certificate would have been a perfect fit for Mark Shope, ’12. The first-year associate at Faegre Baker Daniels is part of the international group, a sub-practice of the corporate group at the firm. He helps companies go global, or expand their global presence, among other duties, he says.

Shope was a musician before turning to the law, and during his music career he worked in China for two years, playing timpani for the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra. Later, he enrolled in the LL.M. program at the National Taiwan University College of Law in Taipei on a three-year full scholarship. While studying there, he was an associate member of the editorial staff for two publications of the Asian Center of WTO, and International Health Law and Policy, where he continues to be a volunteer member of the language staff. While at IU McKinney, Shope was editor-in-chief of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, was a member of two moot court teams, and attended the Renmin University of China Summer Law Program in 2010. In addition, Shope was a summer associate and law clerk at Faegre Baker Daniels, clerked for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Melissa May, and was an intern at the Centre for Civil and Political Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I did a lot of international courses there,” Shope said of his LL.M. studies at National Taiwan University. “When I came to IU McKinney, I focused on being a business lawyer; did a lot of corporate classes. If the certificate had been offered at that time, I would have been in that program.”

The certificates demonstrate the law school’s commitment to giving students the tools they need to be successful in the current job market.

"The new Certificate in International and Comparative Law demonstrates the law school's commitment to educate our students to practice in a global environment,” said Associate Dean for International Affairs Professor Karen Bravo. “The teaching, research, and practice expertise of our international and comparative law faculty members have expanded over the last few years and we have a growing international reputation in a wide array of subject areas, such as national security, human rights, commercial law, intellectual property, and illicit international markets. The Certificate allows us and our students to focus on this plenitude of riches."

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