Watch Now – ILS Career Panel on Internships in International Law

Please click this link to watch the recording of the recent ILS career panel: information on how to obtain domestic and international internships in international law, as well as information on the GW-Oxford and GW-Munich summer programs!

ILS Career Panel Flyer

ILS Speaker Bio Sheet

Also, below find information that was given to students who attended the panel on other resources to use when searching for internships.

International Law Resources 

Private Sector Opportunities

There can be an international aspect to almost any area of law.  Law firms and corporate legal departments will quite often deal with matters that have an international aspect.  For example, an intellectual property attorney can file a trademark application in Canada, a corporate lawyer can perform due diligence for the merger of a U.S. company with a Japanese entity, and a family law practitioner can handle an international child abduction case.

  • The NALP Directory can be used to research large law firms that have international practices.  Select “International” in the Practice Areas drop-down menu:
  • Martindale can be used to identify medium and small law firms that have international aspects to their work.  Choose the Law Firms and Organizations tab after selecting Advanced Search and enter “International” in the Practice Area field:
  • To research large law firms outside the United States, visit Chambers and Partners, and select one of the country or region guides (including UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America):
  • For a listing of law firms and lawyers worldwide, visit (previously Hieros Gamos) and hover over “Law Firms” to select “By Country” for links to practice area and city directories for 142 countries.
  • ABA Section of International Law keeps a listing of law firms across the globe who are seeking interns:
  • The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) has information, events, and job postings related to in-house legal departments in various regions.  Simply select a particular region from the home page:  To look for job postings in other countries, visit, click Advanced Search and select the Country tab.


Public Interest Opportunities

Increasingly, law students and lawyers are drawn to the burgeoning number of opportunities to make a public interest impact in the international arena.  In addition to the many opportunities to do so abroad, because the U.S. and Canada are host to many large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other international advocacy groups, opportunities also present themselves here at home.

  • PSJD (formerly PSLawNet) provides an extensive number of resources that provide background on searching and applying for international public interest opportunities, including internships:
  • Search Organizations on Idealist to identify organizations that have operations abroad or domestic work that is related to the international sphere:
  • ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service and the Center for Pro Bono provides a list of International Pro Bono Opportunities:
  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) maintains a list of Pro-Bono Opportunities in International Law:



Postgraduate fellowships enable recent graduates to secure entry level positions with a variety of organization and employer types.

  • The PSJD (formerly PSLawNet) job database (create an account and then select Search Opportunities once logged in) includes over 300 fellowship listings.  The site also includes Information and Resources related to Fellowships:
  • Yale Law School has created, and maintains, a Guide to Postgraduate Public Interest Fellowships, many of which are international in nature:
  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) provides a list of Fellowship and Research Opportunities:


Clerkships with International Tribunals

Law students and graduates seek short-term positions with courts outside of the U.S. for a variety of reasons. For some, it is an opportunity to work in an international setting and have a clerkship experience.   Others have an interest in the particular issues that these courts hear, such as the arbitration of commercial intellectual property disputes by the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration & Mediation Center or violations of humanitarian law by the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda. Gaining experience with these issues may also fit in with their long-term career plans.

  • Yale Law School Opportunities with International Tribunals and Foreign Courts includes information on the various tribunals and courts, availability of clerkships, and application procedures: (note this is the most recent version of this document available online).
  • The United Nations website lists, and links to information about, International Courts and Tribunals and Principal Legal Bodies of the United Nations:


International Law-related Job Postings

The following are a few websites that list internships and full-time positions related to international law or international legal issues.

  • The American Society of International Law (ASIL) Career Center includes listings for internships in Criminal Law, Development Law, Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Economic & Trade Law, Environmental Law, Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, Migration Law, International & National Security, and Private International Law:
  • The United States Government often has jobs abroad, and they are required to look first for U.S. Citizens to fill them.  Using the Advanced Search on, in the Location Search section, change the drop-down menu in “Show locations for this region” to a region of interest:
  • Foreign Policy Association Career Center has a Job Board for foreign policy-related positions:
  • NYU Law International Job Search Sites is a great clearinghouse:


International Law-related Bar Associations

Bar Associations are great resources for conferences and programs where you can not only hear people talk about issues in international law, but where you can also meet—and network with!—practitioners who work in the field.

  • Washington Foreign Law Society:
  • American Society of International Law:
  • ABA Section of International Law:
  • DC Bar International Law Section:
  • International Bar Association:
  • International Law Association:


Other Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

A great way to gain experience abroad, improve your language skills, and help others is volunteering. your time, skills, and energy in any country other than your own with any one of thousands of global organizations, issues, or causes, all to help make a difference in communities around the world.  These opportunities can be non-legal, quasi-legal, public policy-related, or legal in nature.

  • Idealist provides great information on international volunteerism in its International Volunteerism Resource Center:
  • Other websites that provide information, and opportunities, related to volunteering abroad:
    • Global Volunteers:
    • Peace Corps:
    • United Planet:
    • World Volunteer Web:


Improving Your Language Skills

Having language skills is a great way to distinguish yourself from other candidates.

  • If you are interested in learning another language, The Global Language Network is located in Foggy Bottom and offers affordable language classes in more than 60 languages taught by dedicated native speakers who volunteer their time and energy to teach their language and share their culture:
  • If you already speak a language and want to continue to improve your skills, you can join a Meetup:  For example, if you want to maintain your Italian language skills, you can join the Italian Language Meetup Group of Washington, DC:




New Events – Nov. 12, 2012


Event –  “Putin’s Kiss” – Monday, November 12 | 6:30 pm | LL102

Join the Human Rights Law Society and International Law Society for a screening of Putin’s Kiss, a disturbing true story about the current state of civil rights in modern-day Russia. The film will be followed by a discussion with Nadia Diuk, Russia expert and Vice President of the National Endowment for Democracy.

Please join the ILS Board and current and past GW Law students as we share best practices for getting great internship opportunities in the field of international law!

ILS Career Panel: Summer Opportunities in International Law at Home and Abroad – This Monday, Nov. 12th!!

Interested in learning more about international law?  Feeling like you should start looking into summer opportunities?  Then come to hear a panel of your fellow GW Law students share their recent summer opportunities in international law.  Alums will also be in attendance to speak about their experiences and provide tips on finding internships and/or study abroad programs, both here in DC and across the world!

Some of the opportunities that will be discussed include:  Foreign clerkships, State Department internships, GW Study abroad programs in Munich and Oxford, International Trade Commission clerkships, and Department of Justice Office of International Affairs.

See you Monday, November 12th in the SCC from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.! Cookies and Coffee provided!


Volunteers Needed – Int’l Economic Law Interest Group Meeting: Nov. 29-Dec. 1

Attention Students! The International Law Society has been asked to recruit 3 to 4 student volunteers for the International Economic Law Interest Group meeting to be held at the Law School on November 29, November 30 and December 1 (ending at noon). This will be a great opportunity for GW Law students to meet leaders in this field, both from law firms and the academy. If you are interested, please reply to this email with your contact information and availability, and any questions you may have.


Offisight Event: World Bank & IFC: Launch of Doing Business 2013 Report 

Join the American Bar Association Section of International Law for a discussion with the World Bank on the recent World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) flagship report: Doing Business. The panelists will discuss what the reports measure; the Doing Business indicators; what is new in this year’s latest report; which regions have the most business-friendly environment; and which economies are showing the most improvements. Special Counsel from Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, LLP will share how the make use of the report to inform their daily business.

Event URL: 

Hope to see you at one of these great events!


ILS Career Panel – and more!

ILS Career Panel: Summer Opportunities in International Law at Home and Abroad

Interested in learning more about international law?  Feeling like you should start looking into summer opportunities?  Then come to hear a panel of your fellow GW Law students share their recent summer opportunities in international law.  Alums will also be in attendance to speak about their experiences and provide tips on finding internships and/or study abroad programs, both here in DC and across the world! Some of the opportunities that will be discussed include:  Foreign clerkships, State Department internships, GW Study abroad programs in Munich and Oxford, International Trade Commission clerkships, and Department of Justice Office of International Affairs. See you Monday, November 12th in the SCC from 4:00 to 5:30 pm! Cookies and Coffee provided!

Today, November 7, 4:00 pm in Jacob Burns Moot Court Room:  

Professor Longwan Xiang of the Research Center for the Tokyo Trials, Shanghai Jia Tong University will speak about his father (GW LL.B. 1925 ) Xiang Zhejun, who was the Chinese prosecutor during the post-WWII Tokyo Trials. 

Thursday, November 15, 8 to 11.45 am, Stuart 101 

Symposium titled Export Measures Affecting International Trade in Natural Resources, Energy Products and Food Supplies.”  Thanks to Professors Thomas Schoenbaum and Steve Charnovitz for their help in organizing the symposium. Please rsvp to Silena Davis at if you’d like to attend.

Using International Trade Law to Enforce International Arbitration Awards

News about the latest lunchtime event in Washington, D.C.: Mélida Hodgson of Foley Hoag, Nigel Blackaby of Freshfields, and Josh Kallmer of Crowell & Moring will discuss the pros and cons of using international trade law to try to persuade a State to honor an international arbitration award, moderated by Jean Kalicki of Arnold & Porter. Hosted by the DC Bar International Dispute Resolution Committee and International Trade Committee, in cooperation with the ABA Section of International Law.
Time12:30-2:00 pm on Thursday, November 29 at Arnold & Porter, 555 12th Street, N.W., 10th Floor, Washington, D.C. (Metro Center station).

The registration link is at:

AU 3rd Annual International Humanitarian Law Writing Competition

American University Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Center) and the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict (ASIL) are pleased to announce the Third Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition. The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on the topic of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The winning authors will present their papers at a conference at American University Washington College of Law focused on emerging issues in IHL with a panel of expert professors and practitioners. In addition, winners will receive a complimentary registration to the ASIL 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC on April 3-6, 2013, and a one-year ASIL student membership.

You can also learn more on the Competition website ( for comprehensive rules, submission guidelines and award information. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 at 12:00 pm (noon) EST. You can direct any questions to or to 202-274-4180.

Opportunity – Summer Fellowship at Auschwitz

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive two-week early summer program about contemporary legal ethics.  Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both legal history and the ethical issues facing lawyers today.  All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered. Tentative program dates for FASPE are May 26 – June 6, 2013.  Completed applications must be received by January 11, 2013.  Candidates of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: If you have any questions, please contact Thorin Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE, at

Opportunity – Event Planning Committee

If you would are interested in putting on future international law events on campus, please let us know! Please include your areas of interests if you have one.