sven wrote:Grizz wrote:sven wrote:
OK, so let's say that one is interested in international trade law. She has some (minimal but prestigious) experience studying/teaching abroad and can get into a CCN school. Is it naive to think that she would have actual options for a career in the field?
What do you want to do? What job do you want to have?
Haha the plan isn't very well-formed, but here's an ideal: In the near term, working on transactions at a big firm that would ideally enable some travel between the firm's international offices. In the far term, helping to negotiate trade agreements or maybe working for the WTO.
Cross-border transactional work is largely a corporate undertaking involving statutory interpretation in different jurisdictions. None of which you'll likely do in your first few years at a firm.
Negotiating transnational, multilateral, and bilateral trade agreements (WTO, FTAs, and BITs) is a much more government-regulatory endeavor. You'd want to be working for the USTR as it negotiates its trade agreement.
WTO litigation is nigh impossible to get involved with except for a few DC firms, since so much of it settles and very few cases are filed in any given year. These firms occasionally represent foreign governments (since I'm under the impression that the USTR doesn't send that work out) in WTO cases. There are also domestic international trade cases before the international court of trade, but many of those involve issues of the appropriate level of border tariffs on imported/exported goods. Quite honestly, you might have a better chance being an academic in the international trade field than an actual practitioner.
All-in-all, these careers are very rare, but not completely impossible from the right schools and with the right connections. They're just rather different and may not lead naturally to one another.