About the Section

The International Law Section of the California State Bar was founded in 1987 to serve California lawyers handling international legal matters in a wide variety of areas, including corporate and business transactions, immigration, litigation and arbitration, tax, regulatory and trade matters, bankruptcy, intellectual property and family law. 

The Section organizes programs and events at State Bar meetings and around the state, as well as publishes and distributes two key publications -- The California International Law Journal, a collection of practical articles on various aspects of international practice, and an online law newsletter, The California International Law Newsletter

Membership is open to California lawyers as well as to attorneys and other interested professionals and students worldwide.


Free to Members: The California International Law Section Newsletter is sent monthly to International Law Section members via e-mail. To be added to the distribution, log in to your State Bar Profile and Change Your E-Mail List Preferences.

Free to Members: The California International Law Journal, published biannually, features in-depth treatment of important practice topics, forms of agreements used in international practice, and other information of interest to cross-border practitioners.


The International Law Section presents MCLE accredited programs throughout the year, regularly attracting attorneys and academicians for a weekday or weekend of discussion of current public and private international law topics. For news about upcoming programs, see Education.

The Section also participates in the State Bar's Annual Meeting.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

International Law Section members can satisfy their MCLE obligation by attending or speaking at Section programs. The Section also offers ongoing opportunities for participatory MCLE credit through online audio and video programs, and self-study MCLE credit through audiocassettes of programs. For more information, see Education.

Other Benefits

Discount: Materials from International Law Section programs, including programs at the State Bar's Annual Meeting.

Discount: On all International Law Section programs, including at least two CEB/International Law Section programs -- a value in excess of your annual Section dues alone!

Opportunities to:

  • Participate in the active work of the International Law Section through its various committees

  • Speak at or help organize International Law Section programs

  • Contribute articles to International Law Section publications

  • Review resolutions introduced at the Annual Conference of Delegates and pending state and federal legislation.

We invite you to Join the Section!

International Law Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415/538-2368 fax

The International Law Section is a State Bar of California-approved MCLE provider.


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