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Charlotte School of Law offers an extensive list of International Programs for our students to study law overseas. The International Programs available:
  • International Business Transactions
  • Study Abroad in Lithuania
  • Student Abroad in Siena, Italy
  • Study Abroad with Santa Clara University School of Law
  • American & Caribbean Law Initiative
  • Wine Law in France
  • Comparative Constitutional Law in Turkey
  • Comparative Children's Issues Law in Vanuatu

Moot Court Competitions

As part of Charlotte School of Law's Moot Court Program, students are provided an array of opportunities to argue appellate cases in simulated exercises, including participation in inter-school competitions both nationally and internationally. Members of the Charlotte School of Law's Moot Court Board are selected through an intra-school competition organized and run by students and judged by prominent members of the legal community. The intra-school competition is named after the Honorable Susie Marshall Sharpe, North Carolina's first female state Supreme Court Chief Justice.

Charlotte School of Law's Moot program is built on traditional and novel ideas. The consistent successes of the Moot Court Board reflect excellence. The Moot Court Board has distinguished itself in many ways including being the recipient of awards for Best Brief, Best Advocate and Best Team. The Charlotte School of Law team was the 2012 winner of the 36th annual New York Law School Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.

Our students have traveled as far as South Africa to compete where they have won Best Overall Team and Best English Team at the University of the Free State South Africa Moot Court Competition.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

This year, Charlotte School of Law students competed in the 21st Vis Moot competition in Vienna. The goal of the Vis Arbitral Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes through its application to a concrete problem of a client and to train law leaders of tomorrow in methods of alternative dispute resolution. Please see further information regarding the Vis Moot Competition on the following webpage:

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International Business Transactions

The Diploma in International Business Transactions is an intensive 6-month training program offered and certified jointly by the Charlotte School of Law and the Arizona Summit Law School. This program is designed to train the professional or student in the areas of the law that are most relevant in today's globalized business markets, areas that are absolutely essential for those who are looking to work on major multinational cross-border transactions.

Students will complete a course in International Taxation with Professor Steven Arsenault, an experienced practitioner and professor of accounting, taxation and international law, with several years of practice in major laws firms in Atlanta and Southeast US. Second, students must complete the Business Organizations course taught by Professor David Walker, alumnus of Harvard Law School, professor of law at Boston University, and visiting lecturer at Harvard and New York University. Students are given the opportunity to attend his classes live and synchronously as they happen in the United States. Finally, students will also take International Intellectual Property with Professor Christine Haight Farley, alumnus of Columbia University, professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law, member of the INTA Presidential Task Force on Brands and Innovation and a Fulbright Specialist for Intellectual Property Law.

The first part of the course will focus on the tax law of the United States as a major world economy. Topics will include an overview of the U.S. taxation system, U.S. taxation of foreign entities operating in the U.S. (so-called "inbound" transactions), and U.S. taxation of foreign entities operating abroad ("outbound" transactions). The second part of the course will cover selected topics in international taxation worldwide, including an overview of European and Asian tax regimes, low-tax jurisdictions and tax havens, transfer pricing, and international tax treaties.

Taught by Professor Steven Arsenault of the Charlotte School of Law, this 3-month online course will provide a firm grounding in the taxation of international transactions and other activities. As cross-border activities are rapidly becoming a fact of everyday life for businesses across the world, lawyers must understand the tax implications of these activities to help clients avoid unnecessary liabilities and ensure tax compliance.

Professor Steven Arsenault
Professor Steven Arsenault

Education: LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida College of Law J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston

Professor Arsenault is an experienced practitioner and professor in accounting, taxation, and international law. He holds advanced degrees in Taxation and Law.  A highly regarded teacher, Professor Arsenault has published scholarly articles in some of the leading U.S. law journals, including the Virginia Tax Review, the Penn State International Law Review, and the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review.

Travel Component Courses


Study Abroad in Lithuania

Through a cooperative agreement with the University of Vilnius Faculty of Law in Lithuania, Charlotte School of Law offers a 6-week summer study abroad program, which aims to develop a comparative perspective on the laws of the United States and the European Union. "Our connection to Lithuania provides an opportunity for students to learn from legal experts and judges who have been instrumental in the development of European Union law from Vilnius to Brussels. Students may be learning in Vilnius, but the law and skills they learn are transferable throughout the entire European Union," Grant Christensen, Assistant Professor at Charlotte School of Law. Complete information regarding student opportunities in Lithuania is available on our Study Abroad page.

Study Abroad in Siena, Italy

This program is a three credit course entitled “Global Issues in Criminal Law and Procedure” with Professor Megan Annitto. As crimes are now more easily spread and perpetrated globally and across international borders, investigations by the U.S. government also must extend globally. The course will examine the laws that dictate how U.S. officials investigate and obtain evidence when suspects are located outside of the U.S. Conversely, students will compare U.S. laws with the approach of our host country through exposure to the contrasting rights and procedures employed by the criminal laws and procedures in Italy.

The course is intended to provide students with an opportunity to study and analyze the international implications that face many criminal law practitioners and judges in cases in U.S. courts when crimes cross borders, while at the same time providing exposure to the Italian penal system. Students will visit the local courthouse, Siena’s Tribunale, along with other legal and cultural opportunities.

Siena, Italy is located in the heart of Tuscany. On a famous gate standing at a city entrance, you will meet this Latin welcome message, “Magis Tibi Saena Pandit" (Siena opens its heart to you wider than this gate). This Medieval city in the Italian hillside is home to one of the most beautiful piazzas in all of Italy, Piazza Il Campo, in the city center, bustling with cafes and restaurants where Italians and visitors enjoy a coffee or a meal. Our course work will occur at the University of Siena School of Law just a ten minute walk from Il Campo.  Siena is located about 3 hours from Rome, and about 90 minutes from Florence---a must see during your time in Italy. Complete information regarding student opportunities in Italy is available on our Study Abroad page.

Study Abroad with Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara University School of Law offers a number of ABA-accredited summer abroad programs that offer law students the opportunity to enroll in classes and internships over the summer in several overseas locations including Australia, Cambodia, China, England, Hong Kong, The Netherlands and Turkey. Charlotte School of Law students have frequently attended Santa Clara's summer programs, and the two law schools are excited to formalize their association in order to continue to promote and publicize these unique opportunities. Charlotte School of Law students also receive the benefit of paying Santa Clara's student tuition rate for

their study abroad programs. Complete information regarding student opportunities with Santa Clara University School of Law is available on our website for your review at:

American & Caribbean Law Initiative

The American and Caribbean Law Initiative (ACLI) is a membership organization whose mission is to advance the common interest of its members in the growth and development of the Caribbean Basin by facilitating collaborative relationships and by strengthening its legal development and institutions. The Caribbean Law Clinic (CLC) offers students the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with students from multiple countries on live legal issues referred by attorney generals in the Caribbean Basin. Research and writing conducted in the CLC typically involves the law of the host country, international law, or comparative law and the memoranda address a variety of ways to resolve the legal problems. Please see further information regarding the American & Caribbean Law Initiative on the following webpage:

Comparative Law Courses with International Travel Components

Charlotte School of Law has developed diverse comparative law courses complete with travel components to afford students opportunities to experience related international law & culture firsthand. Please see complete course descriptions here.

Wine Law in France

This course examines the major legal issues such as constitutional law, administrative law, land use, international trade and environmental law in the wine business. The history of Prohibition, federal and state alcohol beverage regulation, wine and health, and wine liability will also be discussed. Industry experts will be guest speakers throughout the course. An optional visit to a local winery to discuss vintner's legal and business related issues will be offered. This course also offers an international travel abroad component to the Champagne region of France.

Comparative Constitutional Law in Turkey

This course will explore the differences in constitutional design, interpretation and enforcement between the United States and the continental European model of centralized judicial review in a Constitutional Court. Students will be required to participate in both the program at Charlotte School of Law and the program in Turkey. At the conclusion of the course, students will be required to draft portions of a constitution for a new, hypothetical republic to address both judicial design and individual rights.

Comparative Children's Issues Law in Vanuatu

This unique international and comparative learning experience is a seminar with an intensive field study and service component over spring break. Students will study United States law, specifically North Carolina, and the law of a foreign country relative to children's issues. The course will introduce students to the role of law and legal and social institutions relative to children's issues in the host country and contribute to the host country and its people through scholarship and service.

Requirements & Prerequisites

These opportunities may be available to students with Good Standing after the completion of their 1L year. Additional requirements & prerequisites may apply for certain study abroad programs, including but not limited to, GPA requirements and coursework completion. Opportunities and requirements will be communicated to students towards the beginning of each academic year. Charlotte School of Law may develop additional study abroad programs and coursework travel components, which will be communicated to students along with all other existing opportunities.

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