Cincinnati Center for the Global Practice of Law

The Cincinnati Center for the Global Practice of Law is designed to encourage, facilitate, and promote international engagement in all of the College’s activities. The Center connects students to opportunities that will help them develop the competencies needed to excel in the 21st century global legal marketplace.

Extracurricular and Experiential Opportunities

Cincinnati Law offers an impressive range of opportunities for students to pursue their interests in the global practice of law outside the classroom.

Whether working to advance human rights abroad through the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, competing internationally in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, developing the competencies needed to excel in the 21st century global legal marketplace through externship placements, or participating in the International Law Society, one of the largest student organizations at the law school, students have access to a robust selection of practical opportunities.

Research Opportunities

There are numerous avenues through which students can pursue research in the field of international law. Students can engage with contemporary scholarship through working on the editorial staff of the Human Rights Quarterly and the Immigration & Human Rights Law ReviewStudents can also pursue their own research under the guidance of a faculty mentor through an Independent Research Project.


Cincinnati Law offers a comprehensive curriculum for the globally-minded student. Students with a particular interest in practicing in an area of international law are encouraged to explore the Concentration in International Legal Studies, which is designed to allow students to demonstrate their knowledge of the field. 

Our LLM program in the U.S. Legal System prepares its graduates to better represent U.S. and non-U.S. clients and sharpens their negotiation, litigation, and transactional skills. LLM students are integrated into our JD classes and can tailor their studies to their professional goals. Non-U.S. law school graduates may also choose to pursue one of our UC Law graduate certificate programs for international students.

Both LLM and JD students have the opportunity to take short courses abroad with one of our partner institutions, and the College regularly hosts scholars and practitioners specializing in various areas of international law as distinguished visitors, lecturers, and instructors.


The College’s alumni regularly go on to practice in areas of international law, whether working at large firms, small nonprofits, or government agencies. The College maintains ties to alumni practicing in the international arena in part through the International Advisory Council, a group of faculty, staff, and alumni concerned with advancing global engagement at the College of Law and expanding opportunities for students.

Learn More about Preparing for the Global Practice of Law at Cincinnati Law

Students interested in pursuing international legal studies at UC Law are encouraged to request information about admission. You can also contact Center staff, listed below, to learn more about specific opportunities for international engagement at the College.

Center Staff

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Jacob Katz Cogan

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs | Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law | Faculty Director, Cincinnati Center for the Global Practice of Law, College of Law | Affiliate Faculty, Department of History, College of Law | Affiliate Faculty, Department of History

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Nora Burke Wagner

Assistant Dean for International & Graduate Programs & Director, LLM Program, College of Law



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Mieke J. Clincy, Esq.

Program Manager, LLM, College of Law



Center Faculty



UC Law students set course for Colombia

May 9, 2023

Students in the College of Law traveled to Bogotá, Colombia during spring break as part of a short course exploring international trade, human rights and transitional justice.


LLM student expands her horizons and IP focus at UC Law

November 5, 2020

In her home country of Nigeria, Vanessa Ojo-Igbinoba chose to study law because she found a passion for helping people. In the United States, she chose to continue her studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Law because it would expand her opportunities for learning and gaining experience.


UC Law student aims to raise awareness of human rights in Middle...

November 4, 2020

Before attending the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Nawfal Ali Aljabali had already worked to fight for human rights in the Middle East. Finding the work fulfilling, he knew he wanted to continue in this area. Aljabali chose to continue his education at UC Law so he could do more with his law degree, both in the United States and back home in Yemen.


Cincinnati Law welcomes the world

May 17, 2019

The University of Cincinnati College of Law has fewer than 400 students, but some travel thousands of miles around the globe to enroll.

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