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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.


Director: Prof. Meredith Kolsky Lewis

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To apply for a Concentration or Curricular Program, please submit an online application.


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


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
  • Acquisition Transactions
  • Advanced Commercial Arbitration
  • Advanced International Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Immigration
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Comparative Law
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Copyright
  • Corporations
  • Criminal Immigration
  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (2018/19 grads only)
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Externship/Internship (if related – by permission)
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Federal Indian Law (2018/19 grads only)
  • Finance Transactions
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Financial Institutions
  • Gratuitous Transfers/Trusts and Estates
  • 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 (2018/19 grads only)
  • International Finance
  • International Finance Markets
  • International Law
  • International Legal Research (2018/19 grads only)
  • International Trade and the Environment (2018/19 grads only)
  • International Trade Law
  • Intro to Compliance
  • IP Litigation
  • New Zealand: International Economic Law in Context (Bridge Course held in New Zealand)
  • Problems in International Finance
  • Public International Law
  • Raising Money
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Start-up Law
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Tech and Innovation Management
  • The Global Business Environment – Closing a Deal Across the U.S.-Canada Border
  • Topics in Global Finance
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition
  • U.S.-Canada Relationship
  • World Bank Group