Foreign Diplomat Training Program

Legal training for diplomatic staff

The Foreign Diplomat Training Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law provides a foundational understanding of U.S. law to support consular services for foreign missions to the United States.

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Register here for complimentary access to a demonstration of our online course content.

Our program enables diplomats and diplomatic staff, who may have little or no training in law, to better advise their citizens living, traveling and conducting business in the United States. The curriculum is immediately useful in consular affairs, economic development and international support services.

Our graduates include consuls general, deputy consuls general, directors of protection, consular support specialists, and a wide range of ministry officials including directors general in the areas of consular affairs, trade, and North American relations.

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Every participant begins with an introductory course in U.S. law, ensuring a foundational and practical understanding of the American criminal and civil legal system.

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Video lectures are delivered online through asynchronous but carefully led and fully supported courses, which participants can access anywhere in the world. Participants can interact with each other, test their understanding of the subject matter, and engage with faculty. 

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Our faculty actively practice, shape and teach the law. They are known around the world as leading legal scholars and collectively are among the most cited professors in the country.

After the introductory course in U.S. law, program participants may enroll in other specialized law courses to receive a certificate.

Examples include:

  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Immigration Law
  • Cross-border Transactions
  • International Investment and Trade
  • Intellectual Property
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Consumer Law
  • Family Law
  • Employment Law
  • Regulatory Process and Administrative Agencies
  • Torts and the Civil Justice System
  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

"Every person working in a consulate in the U.S. must apply for this course, because it provides the knowledge for situations that citizens are exposed to every single day."    –Gamaliel, Foreign Service Officer, Mexico