Shangjun Tan
National University of Singapore

"CTLS is a fantastic opportunity for building friendships and networks across cultural, linguistic, and transnational boundaries. Whilst other exchange programs usually involve students immersing themselves in a foreign university, CTLS is unique in that it brings together students and professors from over 20 schools on five continents. CTLS is a synergistic combination of legal perspectives from many brilliant minds. We could very well be contemporaries in a particular field of law in the near future, and building bonds of friendship now makes the prospect of future collaboration or interaction even more interesting."


The Center for Transnational Legal Studies offers students from around the world a unique global education in the law. Housed in the heart of legal London, CTLS brings together students and  faculty from five continents to study international, transnational, and  comparative law.The result is a new kind of learning space, preparing a new generation of global leaders for the legal profession.


  • The deadline for Fall 2018 registration is July 6, 2018.
  • The deadline for Spring 2019 registration is November 23, 2018.
Some courses may ultimately have limited enrolment so prioritize your requests accordingly.

Please note that there is an Add/Drop week at the beginning of each semester, which gives students the chance to amend their schedule. The Attendance Policy does not apply during this week for the elective courses.

  • Add Drop week for Fall 2018: Aug 28 –Sep 3, 2018
  • Add Drop week for Spring 2019: Jan 14 –Jan 18, 2019


Beginning June 2017, students who are approved to study at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies may confer with the 2017-2018 academic co-directors, for counseling on course selection and other academic matters. Students can also contact Maike Kotterba-Wilson, the Administrative Director.

Please note that CTLS cannot assure EU and other students that they will obtain an internship following participation at CTLS.


The Center for Transnational Legal Studies awards the grades from 5.0 (highest score) to 1.0 (failing score), in 0.5 increments for all its courses, with the exception of the Transnational Law Colloquium and the Global Practice exercise, which are graded on a Pass or Fail basis.

  • The grading processes for examinations are anonymous and are designed to be as fair as possible.
  • There are no exam resits under any circumstances.
  • All in-class exams are handwritten.

Faculty members are asked to submit grades approximately four weeks after the end of an examination period. Grades will not be released for any student who has an outstanding student account balance. CTLS will not release grades over the telephone or via email, even to the student, because of concern for students' privacy.

Once a faculty member has submitted student grades, the grade may change only upon written proof of demonstrable clerical error in the grading or grade reporting process.

CTLS is not a degree-granting institution. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a "Certificate in Transnational Legal Studies". The Certificate bears the names of the Center's Partner Schools and is signed by the Academic Co-Directors of the relevant academic year and Dean Treanor (Georgetown Law).

CTLS will provide each student with a CTLS transcript. Each  participating school will be permitted to translate or transfer the grades to its own system in the way it deems appropriate.

For information about the recommended CTLS curve, please see here.

Directors' List Distinction and "Best Student" in Course Prizes

Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, the Directors' List  distinction shall be given to the top 15% of students each semester based on their cumulative grade point average for the one semester; to  be given the Directors' List distinction a student must successfully complete at least 10 credits of CTLS coursework, including any required courses.

Also, beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, the "Best Student" prize shall be given to the top student in each course as determined by the course professor(s), provided the student has successfully completed at least 10 credits of CTLS coursework, including any required courses.

Requesting a transcript

CTLS students requesting an official transcript, to be submitted to a third party other than a state bar, must submit that request online via the National Student Clearinghouse. Payment must be made by credit card (AmEx, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa). NOTE: Transcripts will not be released to students with account holds or blocks.

Official Transcripts to State Bars:

Students requesting an official transcript, which will be sent to a state bar, must complete, sign, and submit a CTLS Transcript Request Form to Georgetown:

  • by email (scanned form emailed to
  • by mail to:
                Georgetown University Law Center
                Office of the Registrar
                315 McDonough Hall
                600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
                Washington, DC 20001

Please note that a digital signature will not be accepted. There is no charge for official transcripts which will be sent to state bars.

Official Transcripts to Third Party (other than a state bar):

Students requesting an official transcript, for themselves to be submitted to a third party other than a state bar, must submit that request online via the National Student Clearinghouse. Georgetown Law has an agreement with the National Student Clearinghouse to provide a 24/7 transcript ordering service to our current and former students. Using the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering Service requires the requestor to submit an electronic signature to the Clearinghouse to authorize the release of the transcript.

There is a $7.25 cost per transcript, which includes an administrative fee charged by the Clearinghouse, for standard mail delivery. Express delivery options are also available for an additional fee.  Payment must be made by credit card.   

Official Transcript Processing Time:

Transcript requests submitted by 4:00 pm weekdays, will be available for mailing after 1:00 pm on the next business day (please note all times are Washington, DC local times).

Unofficial Transcripts

The Office of the Registrar or CTLS do not provide electronic copies of transcripts.  Students may print unofficial transcripts via their MyAccess.

Center for Transnational Legal Studies
37-39 High Holborn
London WC1V 6AA, United Kingdom