What is there to do with International Law?

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What is there to do with International Law?

Postby hyunseoki » Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:21 am

A lot of the law school profiles on TLS mention the school's specialty in some international region.. I'm South Korean, and am considering international law as an option (since I'm bilingual, and am well-acquainted with both cultures). But yeah.. maybe that was somewhat of a tangential comment..

1. Besides immigration law and what not, what career options would I have? (specific as possible).
2. Are J.D.s that have pick up international law competitive in the job market?

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Re: What is there to do with International Law?

Postby ProfessorMurder » Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:15 am

Prepare to have a lot of people write glib remarks about the irrelevancy or non-existence of "international law" in any practical sense.

To answer question 1; your career options in international law are limitless, vague, and strange. The highly specific nature of a lot of practical, applicable international law and transnational relationships (think trade agreements) makes it a tough field to break into.

However, in your case you have a specific market or area in mind, the U.S. and S. Korea. Studying the "laws of war" probably won't help you much in that specific market, but concentrating on a relevant international field such as international business transactions would be very relevant considering the two countries economic relationship (again, think trade agreements).

To answer question 2; again a general concentration in international law won't help your marketabilty, making it probably a waste of time. But, focus on a relevant area of international law and you could be a highly sought after asset for a company, or firm servicing a company, doing business in both the American and S. Korean markets.

If your actually interested in international law that's one thing, but your questions seem to indicate an occupation with making yourself marketable. If I'm right, by all means concentrate on something under the umbrella of international business law. Let the bilinguality (not a word) do the rest; its a huge market, an important strategic and economic relationship, and lots of people are probably getting rich from it.

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Re: What is there to do with International Law?

Postby Kiersten1985 » Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:38 am

Agree with above post. Need to specialize beyond just IL.

For instance, I love all the theory, etc. behind international law but I'm not going to expect getting a job in the UN Security Council upon graduating or anything. You could also consider working in transnational white collar crime and forming a type of niche within that. DOJ or a big law firm is each good for that.

You can make it to the high-level IL career at some point but you usually need to have built up a pretty substantial practice beforehand that will create a reputation that will carry you through to the big leagues.

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