For students interested in practicing law internationally, Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law, produced by the American Society of International Law, is a good starting point for learning more about what opportunities exist and how to pursue them. A copy of this book is available in the Career Development Office.
The book is broken up into two parts. The first part consists of essays written by current and former practitioners about the type of work international lawyers do and how to land a job practicing international law. The second part consists of resources for launching a career in international law.
In the initial section of the first part, current and former attorneys recount their personal stories of how they entered and prospered in the field of international law. While all of their accounts are interesting and often entertaining, their stories are based on very individualized experiences that may not be typical of most students. Still, this section shows the reader how exciting the practice can be.
The second section of the first part is much more helpful for most students. Current and former practitioners offer specific suggestions of practical steps that law students and lawyers can take to break their way into the field of international law and make themselves more marketable to potential employers. Such advice includes tips for effective networking and how to get hands-on experience while still in school.
The final section of the first part contains essays that introduce the reader to the different practice areas within the field of international law, including arbitration, family law, governmental affairs, criminal law, academia, and more.
The second part of the book lists resources that students can consult when seeking job opportunities. This part is broken up into three sections: internships, fellowships, and pro bono opportunities. Each section is then broken up into different practice areas of international law (e.g., development, environmental, human rights, trade, homeland security). Within each practice area, the book provides the following information about various agencies: its name, a brief summary of the work it performs, and how to apply for an internship, fellowship or pro bono opportunity.
To sum up, this book is a great resource for students interested in pursuing a career in international law. It’s easy and quick to read, and the listing of resources is valuable to those seeking a starting place to gain experience.