As mentioned, your first priority should be making sure that you're in the part of the graduating class from Stetson (or GSU) that is employed as a lawyer on graduation.
Just as clarification: My intent on this post was not to find out how I can move overseas (or Canada) straight out of law school. My intent was only to ask for those people who are currently are practicing, or have once lived and practiced outside of the US, what their career path was that led them to that experience.
I know people on here have a lot of anxiety about finding jobs, that is not my concern. I work in an industry where a JD would guarantee me $100k even if only for a position that's JD-advantage. When I put this post up, I was thinking about my career 10-15 years from now and wanted to know what people's experiences are. Let me make this clear: I AM NOT WORRIED ABOUT BEING UNEMPLOYED. It simply has never been a concern of mine. I just want to know what people's experiences are. Thanks.
I'm an American attorney who practices in an international office at my law firm.
First of all, you do know that it is illegal in the vast, vast majority of countries to take your U.S. law license and just open up a solo shop in a foreign country, right? You have to pass whatever is the equivalent of the Bar in the foreign country and then meet their weird requirements. In England, for example, the easiest way would probably be to qualify as a Solicitor work with the "common law" for 2 years and then take Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test (their version of the Bar). Not so simple, and in other countries it's usually a lot harder. I'm not even qualified to work in the country that I have an office in, I'm just here because my firm needs me on some U.S. matters and I speak the relevant language (ALSO NECESSARY).
If you want to work at an international firm, that makes more sense because you can "practice U.S. law" in, say, London, Paris, or Madrid. But these positions are usually insanely competitive (every 1L wants to do international law) and will go to students from the top schools with great grades. It would take A LOT - as in like a family member who's a CEO - for a firm like Slaughter & May to look at a student from a top 100 school. Why would they? There are plenty Harvard and Yale students gunning for international law at that level anyways. Those firms are obsessed with prestige, even more so than Americans.
I understand that you are "NOT WORRIED ABOUT BEING UNEMPLOYED". That might be the case, but that is an extraordinarily arrogant thing to say (even if you were at a top school). If you are ever to pull off this plan, you should know that you have to work your ass off because the odds are stacked against you. Who knows, you might be hard-working with an amazingly rich uncle or aunt that will help you land that job. But if you're not, then the best advice I can give you is to be a 1000x times more humble in your approach.
As for your experience as a claims adjuster, that is not a position that holds a lot of respect in the world of large international firms. Insurance is such a localized field that it would not be very helpful in getting a position at Clifford Chance or Linklaters or what have you. Maybe you can open up your own insurance defense shop in Rome, but you would – again – have to qualify as an Italian lawyer.