Law Library News for the Week of May 19, 2008

Cheryl Nyberg, editor.

Memorial Day Hours

The Law Library will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th, from 8am – 5pm. The Reference Office will be open from 1 – 4 pm.

Careers in International Law

by Leslie Street, Law Librarianship Intern

Recently, the Gallagher Law Library acquired two new books to assist students who are seeking information on careers in international law.

Careers in International Law, Third EditionCareers in International Law, 3d ed. published by the ABA Section of International Law, is the first of these two titles. KZ1238U55.C37 2008 at Reference Area. It is divided into four parts:

  • foreign practice
  • private sector
  • public sector, and
  • practice tips and methodologies.

Within these sections, practitioners describe how they built international careers. These individual narratives are designed to give readers a sense of individual experiences and lessons learned, rather than to provide a step-by-step, how-to guide in planning an international law career. However, two appendices provide law students with more information on study abroad opportunities and Internet resources.

The second title is published by the American Society of International Law (ASIL): Careers in International Law: AASIL'S Careers in International Law Guide to Career Paths in International Law. K115.C47 2007 at Reference Area. It offers students more substantive information on internships, including descriptions of organizations and internship positions. Additionally, the book also covers fellowships and pro bono opportunities to work in international law. Some chapters are organized by practice settings (Intergovernmental Organizations, Firms, etc.) and practice areas. Each chapter essentially offers an introduction into that type of practice and profiles attorneys working in those practice settings and areas. A section on networking tips is also provided.

While both guides are useful, they have differing focuses and strengths. ASIL’s career guide provides more substantive information on where to go for opportunities to get one’s foot in the door. In contrast, the ABA’s guide offers more content devoted to individual practitioners and their career paths.

Students interested in pursuing an international career should also consult the Gallagher guide on Careers in International Law.

Website of the Week: International Organization for Migration

International Organization for Migration

Born “in 1951 out of the chaos and displacement of Western Europe following the Second World War,” the International Organization for Migration “is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society.”

Its website features information on:

  • the IOM’s activities
  • policy and research
  • law
  • media
  • events
  • publications
  • partnerships

International Migration Law Database


In the law section, the International Migration Law Database contains national, regional, and international instruments. Categories include asylum, border management, children and minors, deportation, family reunion, identity documents, migrant workers, minorities, slavery and forced labor, statelessness, tourists, and other topics.


Recent and noteworthy documents include:

  • Climate Change and Migration: Improving Methodologies to Estimate Flows, 2008
  • Glossary on Migration, 2004
  • The IOM Handbook on Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking, 2007

Suggested by Judy Davis.

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