The Peace Bridge, an international bridge between Canada and the United States.

Cross-Border Legal Studies Concentration

The School of Law is situated close to the Canadian border with the major business center of Toronto only two hours away. We have a strong network of alumni based in Buffalo and in Ontario who engage in cross-border legal practice. These lawyers engage in the full range of cross-border work,  including trade, tax, immigration, business transactions, and related areas that take them across the border regularly. The Cross-Border Legal Studies Concentration capitalizes on our location and our linkages on both sides of the border. We engage with cross-border legal issues both in action and in the classroom to impart skills that students can then apply to cross-border work anywhere in the world. 

Contact

Director: Prof. Meredith Kolsky Lewis

Mentoring

Students who declare their intent to complete the Cross-Border Legal Studies Concentration will be paired with an attorney mentor.

Requirements

The Cross-Border Legal Studies Concentration requires 16 course credits.  There is one required course, the 4 credit Cross-Border Legal Studies capstone experiential course, in which students will work with practitioners on a range of cross-border legal issues.  The capstone course will generally be taken in students’ final year of law school.  In addition, students must take 12 credits from the below list of eligible courses. 

Required Course

  •  Cross-Border Legal Studies capstone

Eligible Courses (not all courses offered every year)

  • Acquisition and Restructuring (NYC)
  • Advanced International Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Comparative Law
  • Comparative Regional Human Rights  (2017/2018 grads only)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Immigration
  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Indian Law
  • Finance Transactions (NYC)
  • Financial Institutions (NYC)
  • Gratuitous Transfers/Trusts and Estates
  • Human Rights Lawyering: Advocacy, Influence and Impact (Bridge Course held in DC)  (2017/2018 grads only)
  • Immigrants’ Rights and Human Rights Advocacy Clinic  (2017/2018 grads only)
  • Immigration Law
  • Independent Study (approved on an individual basis)
  • International and Comparative Labor and Employment Law
  • International Arbitration or International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Corporate Transactions (Bridge Course held in Paris)
  • International Economic Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Finance (NYC)
  • International Finance Markets
  • International Human Rights Law (2017/2018 grads only)
  • International Law
  • International Legal Research
  • International Trade and the Environment
  • International Trade Law
  • International Trade Law and Policy
  • New Zealand: International Economic Law in Context (Bridge Course held in New Zealand)
  • Problems in International Finance (NYC)
  • Public International Law
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • The Legal Culture of Thailand (Bridge Course held in Thailand)
  • The Global Business Environment – Closing a Deal Across the U.S.-Canada Border
  • Topics in Global Finance (NYC)
  • US-Canada Relationship
  • World Bank Group

How to Apply

Application form and instructions can be found here.

For more information about the Cross-Border Legal Studies Concentration, please contact the Concentration director, Professor Meredith Kolsky Lewis at mlewis5@buffalo.edu.