Careers in International Law

Updated May 15, 2008.
Updated by Leslie Street, Law Librarianship Intern (2008).

This guide identifies print and online sources used to identify and locate attorneys and law firms that practice international law. It also includes references to sources describing careers in international law.


American Bar Association Section of International Law
ABA Section of International Law
Features news about upcoming events, programs, services, and publications. Student Headquarters includes Pathways to Employment in International Law and information on summer study abroad and internships.

American Society of International Law, Career Development
Information on internships, fellowships, research opportunities, and pro bono opportunities.

Career Opportunities in International Law
A companion website to the to the book titled Fundamental Perspectives on International Law.

European Law Students' Association (ELSA)
An international non-profit law student organization with over 30,000 European members. Offers networking opportunities.

International Law Students Association
International Law Student Association (ILSA)
Publishes the ILSA Quarterly, a magazine for law students interested in international law.

Monster, Practicing Law Overseas


Books & Articles

Careers in International Law, Third EditionCareers in International Law, 3d ed. ABA Section of International Law and Practice (2008). KZ1238.U55 C37 2008 at Reference Area
Includes Internet resources for seeking jobs in international law. Table of contents

Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law. American Society of International Law. K115.C47 2007 at Reference Area

Germain's Transnational Law Research: A Guide for Attorneys. K85.G47 1991 at Reference Office
�1.23, "Career Preparation and International Legal Education," lists books, articles, and organizations.

Serving the Public: A Job Search Guide (Harvard Law School's Handbook & Directory for Law Students and Lawyers Seek Public Service Work) KF299.P8 S46 at Reference Area
Volume 2 of this annual publication is dedicated to International work. Describes working in IGOs, NGOs, and in foreign government settings. Provides advice and information on required skills, salary ranges, internship and volunteer opportunities. Lists fellowships and grants. Includes a directory of NGO, IGO, and governmental employers (includes information on law school summer employment opportunities).


"Working Internationally," 26 Student Lawyer 18 (January 2008).
Offers success stories from attorneys regarding their paths to practicing international law. Advises students on how to create their own success stories in finding careers in international law.

"Practical Career Advice for Young International Lawyers: How to Build a Killer Resume, Network Effectively, Create Your Own Opportunities, and Live Happily Ever After," 5 ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law 455-66 (1999). Compact Stacks. Read the article on Westlaw 

"Launching Your Career in International Law," 24 Student Lawyer 24-28 (Jan. 1996). KF287.S77 at Classified Stacks

"A Guide to Resources on Careers in Foreign and International Law," 93 Law Library Journal 479-93 (2001).
An annotated guide to books, articles, organizations, and websites.


Research Guides

These research guides from other law schools provide additional advice, sources, and information.

Chicago Kent School of Law, Career Guide - International Law


New York Law School Center for International Law, Resources for Researching Careers
Includes listing of career and international law events (around US), study abroad, internship, US Congress opportunities, and advice from NYLS alumni and practitioners.


Oklahoma City University Law Library, Finding an International Law Job
A 2005 PowerPoint slideshow. Includes information and websites on admission to the bar in foreign jurisdictions, guides to foreign law firms, job listings, international address and salutations, business culture in foreign countries and more.


University of Chicago Law School, Researching Careers in International Law


University of Minnesota Law School, International Careers


William & Mary Law Library, Career Guide - International Law



Directories are useful for identifying attorneys and law firms operating in other countries.

Martindale-Hubbell International Law Directory. KF190.M32, annual, current edition at Reference Area & Reference Office
Arranged by country then city, with an alphabetical index and an index by practice area.
Available on LexisNexis: Martindale-Hubbell(R) Law Directory - All International Listings and at Search by location, practice area, firm size, and other characteristics.

West Legal Directory--International on Westlaw: WLD-INT and at Findlaw.
Profiles law firms and attorneys who practice international law or who are located outside the United States. Covers the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Search by country, practice area, language, size of firm, and other characteristics.

The American Bar, the Canadian Bar, the International Bar. The Professional Directory of Lawyers of the World. KF190.A5, current edition at Reference Office
Organized alphabetically by states and countries, cities, and law firms. Includes indexes by attorney and law firm name.

Guide to Foreign Law Firms, 4th ed. K68.G85 2004 at Reference OfficeABA Guide to Foreign Law Firms, Fourth Edition
Identifies legal counsel in 130 foreign countries. Focus is on firms engaged in international commercial transactions.

The Legal 500
Selective directories of commercial law firms in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

Hieros Gamos, Law Firms Worldwide
Covers Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Search by country, practice area, and firm size.

Chambers and Partners
A directory of top lawyers and firms in 175 countries.

"Regulatory Mismatch in the International Market for Legal Services," 23 Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 487 (2003). HeinOnline
Lists U.S. law firms with at least one foreign office, at 545-47. The list was "[d]rawn from The American Lawyer 100, The American Lawyer's Global 50, and the International Financial Law Review 150 Leading Law Firm."


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