International Law

A career in international law requires formal training as an attorney and admission to a state's bar association. Further study beyond law school may be required. Read on to learn more about education and career options in this field.

Inside International Law

International lawyers often work for transnational companies, non-governmental organizations and international law firms. Common job duties for these licensed attorneys include researching legislation, preparing case materials, advising clients on legal actions and examining legal contracts. In some cases, it's beneficial to learn a second language, study foreign cultures, learn about foreign legal systems or travel extensively.

Education Information

A career in international law requires a professional degree; however, students need to earn an undergraduate degree before beginning their legal training. There isn't a specific type of major that prepares students for entrance into a law program, formally known as a Juris Doctor (J.D.), but undergraduate coursework in communications, writing, government and political science can be helpful. Most J.D. programs allow 2nd- and 3rd-year students to select a concentration area, such as international law. After earning a J.D., students may take the bar exam in their state and begin practicing law.

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