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International Law: Is it for you?

Published March 30, 2017

International law, on the face of it, is exactly what it sounds like. Chances are you’ve already done some research into certain law schools, what to expect during law school, and more importantly what life will be like after law school.

The long hours of research, the constant education, hours of combing over cases, and the extensive writing are going to be the same no matter what area of law you’re practicing. International law is no exception. However, there are some major differences.

Do you know a second language? How about a third? Are you OK with traveling a lot? Communicating with foreigners and gaining an understanding of people and governments, all across the globe? And of course it helps to be personable, persuasive, and sensitive to people of other cultures.

Still reading? Great. Let’s talk about some of the opportunities you’ll have as an international lawyer.

Breaking Down International Law

Private Sector International Law

You have the opportunity to choose between the private, or public sector in most areas of law, but in the world of international law your possibilities are endless. As the world continues to evolve more and more businesses are expanding their efforts across the globe.

As you may have guessed, (and as MastersPortal points out) the increase of globalization brings the expansion of global law firms. This has increased the demand for international lawyers, which is always good news for potential lawyers.

Businesses across the globe are interacting more and more with each other. As an international lawyer you’ll be a key player during these business ventures. So, it’s imperative to have a vast, comprehensive knowledge of international laws. You’ll be dealing with commercial laws, trade laws, and, at some point, a mediator between two individuals trying to strike a deal in the private sector.

Overall, international lawyers are a huge component of international business deals. Businesses are continuing to expand globally, and there’s no signs this type of globalization is stopping anytime soon. There will always be a need for international lawyers.

Public Sector International Law

Major corporations aren’t the only players in the game of international deal striking. The public sector also has a great need for qualified international lawyers to represent them in global endeavors.

As an international lawyer in the public sector, you’ll have a wide variety of options. You can work for international organizations such as the United Nations, or you can work for a country’s government. There are also opportunities within the courts or in academia.

As an international lawyer for an organization such as the United Nations, you can have a direct impact on issues such as world peace, the promotion of human rights, and protecting the environment just to name a few.

So, is it for you?

Over the course of the next few months, we’ll cover various practices of law. The foundation needed to practice each will be the same - bachelor’s degree, law degree, internship in related field, etc. One thing that you can’t be taught, however, is passion.

Many who practice international law are just simply following their calling. International law gives you the opportunity to play a part in changing the world, literally.

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Josh Horton of Protocol 80.

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