Anonymous User wrote:Does international law include cross-border insolvency or m&a? if so, you definitely don't need to be top of the class at yale or harvard to do this (speaking from experience). You probably do need some demonstrated interest in living and working abroad on your resume, though.
Nope. That's domestic law in foreign legal systems.
Also, I tend to agree with worldtraveler on this one. For about a solid stretch of my time on TLS, it would annoy the hell out of me when there was an "international law" thread by somebody with a 3.9/177, a Fulbright, a 27 month stint in the Peace Corps, and a 6 years of experience in microfinance and development work in sub-Saharan Africa. Inevitably, a ton of 1Ls and 0Ls (who themselves wouldn't even have the slightest chance at these jobs) would rush in to the thread and start screaming "zOMFG there's no international law, Anna Ivey says so (see linkz!), stfu and gtfo!!1!"
The reality is that jobs in this area do exist, but they exist in very small quantities. Worldtraveler hits the nail on the head - if you haven't effectively broken into the field by building the appropriate resume of experiences prior to attending a top-notch law school, the odds that you will make it based on your big shiny JD at a program that touts it's world-class international curriculum are approximately slim-to-none. But for some people, these jobs are a realistic possibility. For those that have significant experience/degrees and connections in the area and know enough about what they're getting in to to have realistic expectations, the jobs are there. For those that see practicing international law as an opportunity to play a less-militant, more-intellectually driven James Bond while traveling the world and preventing international genocide and human rights atrocities, they're in for a very disappointing dead end to their career.