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As for "international law," there's a lot of different practice areas that are international law-adjacent, and idk if I've heard of that in IP litigation (although I imagine it's a thing). Most "public international law" jobs require great performance at YSH and some outstanding reason, like ties to the affected area or fluency in weird languages, why they'd pick you over other applicants. As for "private international law" jobs, those come in a lot of different flavors, and the different lanes vary in how competitive/selective they are. Something like international arbitration or being a US-trained lawyer doing international securities work in London or somewhere might require top credentials; immigration law, international tax, and global energy practices might be less selective/have more spots open. As for IP, if you're patent-bar-eligible, you can probably get a good IP job from USC or GW, and you'd just be looking at which firms actually do cross-border work.
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Agree, assuming total cost of attendance is manageable. Would add that, even if you're working at a biglaw firm involving in cross-border [IP litigation, mergers, etc.], you'll still just be practicing U.S. law for the most part. There'll be foreign lawyers in the foreign jurisdictions who handle the legal issues there.
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Both schools can get you Big Law if you're in the top half of your class. LA big law concentrates a bit more on real estate, labor and employment, and entertainment but there's all the other standard big law areas in LA. DC has more government-centric practices. For "international law" any Big Law firm will probably give you comparable experiences but NYC might have the most opportunities for that, which isn't directly in the cards here.
I'd recommend USC since its a smaller class and LA has a better quality of life.
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