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The Parker School Recognition of Achievement in International and Comparative Law

Edwin B. Parker, a leading international lawyer in the early twentieth century, provided in his will for the establishment of a school devoted to foreign relations. Although affiliated with Columbia Law School since the 1930s, The Parker School retains its own director and board of supervising trustees. The Parker School financial and programmatic support is an important reason why Columbia Law School was an early leader in the study of foreign legal systems and of theories of comparative law. The Parker School support continues today, as Columbia Law School seeks to remain at the forefront of studies of foreign legal systems and legal issues associated with globalization.

The Faculty of Law has authorized the award of a recognition of achievement in international and comparative law to students who meet the requirements set forth below. The award was first made avail­able to graduating students in May 1975. The award will be made at the time of graduation in conjunction with the award of the J.D. or LL.M degree. An application for a Parker School certificate of recognition for the 2018 graduating class can be found here.

 To be entitled to the award, a student must:

  1. Have earned a J.D. or LL.M degree.
  2. Complete the application by the stated deadline.
  3. Complete 10 credits of academic work in the international or comparative law areas.