call-me-bubbles wrote:For someone interested in all things "international law" (whether domestic or abroad, PI or Big Law): UChi or UPenn, and why? Just from their websites, it seems like Penn emphasizes international offerings and engagement more than Chicago, but I don't know if this is actually indicative of anything more than each school's branding/marketing strategy.
I actually don't know that much about Penn's programs!
I do know that here at UChi we have profs doing really interesting work in international and comparative law, we have practitioners and lecturers who visit to teach practice-oriented classes (like International Arbitration, Corporate Governance in Emerging Markets, Immigration Policy, Cross-Border Transactions, just to name a few at random).
We also have an International Human Rights clinic and a World Bank Practicum, which let you do actual work in international law. We also have spring break international law immersion trips, which take advantage of our long spring break (and the fact that 2Ls and 3Ls finish finals before spring break, making it a real break!)
In addition to those opportunities at the law school, you can take classes at UChicago proper (including language classes) and have the credits count towards your JD.
Finally, the way our schedule is structured gives you the opportunity to do 3, possibly even 4 summer internships. A lot of the people in my class are doing the big firm SA thing AND a full-length PI internship this summer. For example, one of my classmates is spending her summer at Davis Polk and DOJ. Some of my classmates who didn't do OCI were able to do two summer internships during their 1L summer, too.