vyelps wrote:OP, I don't think Cavalier intended to be insulting. A lot of 0Ls talk about "international law" without having any clue what that actually means. International law is incredibly broad and encompasses trade, finance, tax, etc. What are you actually interested in? Diplomacy? Maritime law? International Trade? Cross-border M&A? Please keep in mind that a lot of the action for "international law" is actually in DC and involves representing foreign companies in administrative settings. This usually involves compliance with regulations or statutes governing foreign entities. A lot of the transactional work that is international in nature can be done anywhere. The point is, you need legal experience first and international study programs often don't provide that. No employer will be impressed that you studied abroad if it was not coupled with legal work. If you want to end up working in Europe, try to get a gig with an organization in the EU for the summer and then apply to firms with European offices for OCI. After a few years of work in the US, you may be able to shift over. Whatever you do, realize that these study abroad opportunities add little value and exist to make money for the schools that sponsor them.
thank you for your response. I have spoken to a few law professors and they said that with an Econ background I would be suited to do considerably better in a field of private international law (if I do end up going that route. like i said before, I am not sure this is what I want to do.).
I think much of what everyone has said makes perfect sense. I should take the 1L summer doing an internship here so that I can gain experience for my future. I guess the vacation will have to wait until Brazil for the World Cup in 2014!!! hahaha