Emma. wrote: TaipeiMort wrote: California Babe wrote:
A thousand times this.
Emma. wrote:As far as studying abroad for a semester: call me a killjoy, but it is law school. If you want to study abroad, defer for a year and study abroad then. I'm not sure how a semester at the Sorbonne is going to be relevant to your US JD.
If you want an international opportunity in law, apply to a capital markets firm and split with London, apply M&A and split with Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing, or apply Energy deals and split with Dubai or Brazil.
If you actually want to do academia internationally, do Born fellowship with the gov, or get some professors to sponsor independent research paper classes and go there during the summer, studying at a university you want to work at by boot strapping.
If you want to do public interest internationally, become an entrepreneur and start an organization after graduation or learn French and be willing to work for free in the right circles/jobs for years.
But OP, I don't want you to think UChicago kids are just all bitter and want to crush your dreams. We have a stellar international law program here, and you can do a joint concentration in unicorn law too. Seriously, OP, any school that tells you there are awesome opportunities in the "growing field of International Law" is lying to you.
Dudes, I'm just saying that generally, international law programs are similar to "entrepreneurship" programs in top business schools. They tell you a lot of stuff that theoretically will help you succeed. However, in reality an "international program" at a school will do nothing for you. Any opportunities post-grad that exist must be bootstrapped and are usually created by creative, focused people with existing effectual reasoning abilities and international language and cultural fluency. The variables that you need to get an international law job aren't given to you by the school.
That being said, Professor Ginsburg is an incredible and respected international/comparative prof who speaks multiple languages and can teach you a lot about foreign legal institutions. Professor Bradford teaches some really great international legal code/ EU law courses. A lot of other professors have integrated international elements into their curriculum in interesting ways as well.
The distinct feature of our international curriculum is that it is ideologically honest and useful-- they don't generally inflate the course offerings with BS courses like some of our larger competitors, and you can be assured that whatever international class you take is going to be substantive and a positive addition to your legal education.