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Law School creates new certificate program

March 17, 2008

The Law School has established a certificate program in
international law.

"Drake recognizes and
appreciates the opportunities that globalization presents," said Professor
Hunter R. Clark, director of the International and Comparative Law and Human
Rights Certificate Program.

"We have worked hard to
develop our offerings in these areas," he said.

Certificate program components

The new International and Comparative Law and Human Rights
Certificate program draws on the many courses and resources already in place in
the Law School and adds to them courses taught in other colleges of the

The Law School found these pieces
at arm’s reach when creating the program:

  • Professors
    with backgrounds in international and comparative law
  • Courses
    in both international and comparative law
  • American
    Bar Association-approved study abroad program

"Our certificate program and
the commitment it represents will lend coherence and credibility to our efforts
in a way that will enhance Drake's reputation," said Clark. "It also
makes clear, more now than ever, that our students can build a solid foundation
in the international law area here at Drake."

Requirements for students

The new program builds on Drake's
collaborative learning and teaching atmosphere.

Students may take graduate classes
in areas offered by the College of Business and Public Administration such as:

  • Business
  • Government
  • Global
  • International

Required courses for the
certificate program in the Law School are:

  • Public
    International Law
  • International
    Intellectual Property Law
  • International

Students in the certificate
program are required to take one of the following seminars: Comparative Constitutional
Law or International Human Rights.

Students can also fulfill
electives, which include courses offered by visiting professors, agricultural
law and a summer or semester study abroad program.

The Law School has enjoyed a
longtime relationship with an exchange school -- the University of Nantes in
France -- that is approved for the program. Students can also travel to other
ABA-approved institutions for their programs.

Director Clark: a prolific

Director Clark, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard
Law School, serves as faculty adviser to the International Law Society at
Drake. He is the author of two books: "Justice Brennan: The Great
Conciliator" and "Thurgood Marshall: Warrior At The Bar, Rebel on the

In addition, Clark's most recent academic writings on
foreign investment and global economic development have appeared in:

  • The
    ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • The
    Cornell International Law Journal
  • The
    Journal of Gender, Race and Justice
  • The
    Minnesota Journal of Global Trade
  • The
    American University International Law Review

Clark and co-author Mark S. Kende, the James Madison chair
in constitutional law and director of Drake’s Constitutional Law Center, are
currently working on a casebook, "Comparative Constitutional Law: Cases
and Materials," which is scheduled for publication in spring 2009.

Read more about Clark and Kende online. Other professors
involved with the program include:

  • Cathy
    Mansfield, professor of law at Drake Law School
  • Peter
    Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual
    property law and founding director of  Drake Law School's Intellectual Property Law Center
  • Andrew
    West (University of Nantes), professor and lecturer in law at the Catholic
    Institute of Higher Education, La Roche-sur-Yon, France
  • Derek
    Wilson (University of Nantes), professor and lecturer in law at the
    Catholic Institute of Higher Education, La Roche-sur-Yon, France
  • Denise
    Johnson Luethge, associate professor of
    management, Drake College of Business and Public Administration