LawIdiot86 wrote:traehekat wrote:I know at least a few students who decided to study abroad their 1L summer and regretted it, fwiw.
The best thing you can do as a 1L wanting to go into international law is the same thing any 1L should be doing - get good grades. It would also help if you went to Yale.
My friends who studied abroad for 1L summer generally underperformed at OCI compared to other jobs. Going abroad makes you seem less committed to the domestic market where the hiring is done and not fitting the standard judge/AUSA/PD/RA/GC model will throw flags for interviewers, who are almost never "international lawyers."
I'm working in 'international law' this summer at a PI organization that litigates ECtHR cases. I've gotten mixed reactions from lawyers when I tell them I'm working abroad. Most think it's pretty cool, and others think it won't affect my OCI performance at all. But I had a former solicitor general call my summer employment a 'boondoggle;' he was skeptical of its value and thought I should take a more traditional 1L summer job.