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Certificate Programs 2018-06-22T19:58:35+00:00

Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Georgetown offers a certificate program in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution which reflects the growing importance of arbitration and dispute resolution internationally and addresses the desire of students to signal their interest and expertise in this field to employers by achieving a certificate. This certificate, offered, to students enrolled in a full LL.M. degree program, and offers students prospective coursework in commercial arbitration, investor-state dispute resolution, and international investment arbitration. For more information about the certificate, please click here.

Certificate in International Taxation

Georgetown University Law Center offers a Certificate program in the increasingly important field of International Taxation. The Certificate in International Taxation consists of a dozen or more courses offered annually, all taught by a distinguished faculty, many affiliated with IIEL, comprised of full-time professors, leading practitioners from law firms, accounting firms and industry, as well as senior officials from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service. The curriculum covers all aspects or practice within the field, with courses that are both current and practical in their focus.

For more information about the Certificate in International Taxation, please contact:

Stafford Smiley
Professor and Faculty Director – Graduate Tax Program
600 New Jersey Avenue NW
Hotung 5022
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 662-9906

Certificate in World Trade Organization (WTO) &
International Trade Studies

Georgetown’s Certificate program in WTO & International Trade Studies reflects the school’s longstanding reputation and expertise in international trade law, in particular, regarding legal aspects of the World Trade Organization (WTO), preferential trade agreements and U.S. laws and regulations affecting international trade including trade remedies and export controls.

The Certificate, open to a small but specialized cohort of J.D. and LL.M. students, combines a course credit component (one basic trade course; minimum of two specialized trade courses) with a trade-related capstone project.

To future employers, the Certificate signals a solid academic and practical background in the important and growing field of international trade, covering trade in goods and services and trade-related issues frequently addressed in modern trade agreements such as digital trade, intellectual property, health and safety, investment, e-commerce, environment and labor concerns.

The program aims to prepare students for work in government, diplomatic missions or international organizations (in particular, the WTO) focused on trade negotiations and the settlement of trade disputes.  The Certificate also prepares students for work with a U.S. or foreign law firm engaged in domestic trade proceedings or the litigation of trade disputes at the WTO or under other trade or economic agreements.

Georgetown Law has one of the highest concentrations of trade-related law courses and faculty in the world.  Students can benefit from the expertise and network of both permanent and visiting faculty in the field as well as a variety of Washington, DC based adjunct professors working for world-class trade law firms, U.S. government agencies or international organizations.

Students will not be admitted solely for the WTO & International Trade Studies Certificate program. (The Certificate is not a diploma and it does not change the title of the degree students are pursuing at Georgetown Law.) Students earning an S.J.D. at the Law Center who are eligible to enroll in a sufficient number of Georgetown Law courses in order to complete the Certificate requirements may obtain the Certificate by permission.

Students must complete all of their degree requirements to receive a WTO & International Trade Certificate.

Kindly note that the requirements of the WTO & International Trade Certificate have just been updated, and new requirements are in effect as of the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students who began their pursuit of the Certificate under the former operating guidelines and requirements will be grandfathered into the program, and should stay in close contact with the Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL) to ensure that they remain on track to receive the Certificate on graduation.

All students are encouraged to contact the IIEL and express interest in the Certificate as early as possible during their time at Georgetown Law, even during the registration process, if possible.  Early notice will allow Georgetown to work most closely with all interested students, and best support them in their successful pursuit of the Certificate.

The requirements for the WTO & International Trade Certificate are:

  • Successful completion of coursework on trade-related subjects, selected from an approved list of WTO & International Trade Certificate Courses (one Category I basic trade course; two Category II specialized trade courses).
  • A capstone experience in international trade (moot court, practicum/clinic or trade-related research paper).
  • Maintenance of an overall grade point average of “B” (3.0) or higher.
  • Completion of all degree requirements.

Note: Academic credit transferred from other institutions and/or graduate programs will not count toward the WTO & International Trade Certificate without written approval from IIEL. Please contact Christine Washington, IIEL’s Director of Programs and External Affairs, with any questions, or to request a copy of the approved WTO & International Trade Certificate course list, via email to cqw@georgetown.edu and lawiiel@georgetown.edu.

SJD Degree

Georgetown’s SJD program is ideal for students who are wanting to pursue their interests in a specific area at the very highest academic level.

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