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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 (15 for students taking the capstone in spring 2021). There is one required course, the 4 credit (3 credits in spring 2021) 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
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations/Business Organizations
  • Business Basics for Lawyers
  • Business Immigration
  • Business Litigation
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Comparative Law (classes of 2021 and 2022 only)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Copyright
  • Corporate Compliance Conduct
  • Corporations
  • Cross-Border Dispute Resolution
  • Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • Estate and Gift Tax
  • Estate Planning
  • Externship/Internship (if related – by permission)
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Finance Transactions
  • Financial Analysis and Reporting
  • Financial Institutions
  • The Global Business Environment – Closing a Deal Across the U.S.-Canada Border
  • Gratuitous Transfers/Wills, Trusts and Estates/Future Interests
  • Immigration Law
  • Independent Study (approved on an individual basis)
  • Intellectual Property
  • 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 Finance
  • International Finance Markets
  • International Trade Law
  • Intro to Compliance
  • IP Litigation
  • M&A Strategy and Financing
  • New Zealand: International Economic Law in Context (Bridge Course held in New Zealand)
  • Patent Law
  • Problems in International Finance
  • Public International Law
  • Raising Money (classes of 2021 and 2022 only)
  • Refugee and Asylum Law
  • Secured Transactions
  • Start-up Law
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Tech and Innovation Management
  • Topics in Global Finance
  • Trademark and Unfair Competition
  • Trademark Law
  • U.S.-Canada Relationship
  • World Bank Group (classes of 2021 and 2022 only)