International Careers

In recent years, an increasing number of Northwestern JD students have expressed interest in exploring international legal opportunities. The links below are a compilation of resources to help you begin to explore careers in international law and/or working abroad.  If you find other resources not included on this list, please let us know.

Guides and Employer Listings | International Opportunites | International Lawyers Conference

| Government and Public Interest | Other Resources | UK Links

Guides and Employer Listings


Guide to Careers in International Law (pdf)

Employer Listings

U.S. Firms with International Offices (xls)

Foreign Firms with New York Offices (pdf)


International Court Sites

Immigration Court Nationwide

International Tribunals and Foreign Courts (pdf)
Developed by the Yale Law School Career Development Office.

International Opportunities

ABA SILP International Internship Program
An international internship program offering law students the opportunity to intern in European countries in European law firms, practicing international law.

International Internships and Externships
JD and JD/LLM (International Human Rights) students may earn academic credit through international externships with designated international and hybrid criminal tribunals, foreign courts, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program (pdf)
Northwestern Law has been selected to participate in the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. There are four different types of stages, each lasting a minimum of three months, during the fall and spring terms of the court. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed three years of law school and who have a strong knowledge of Community Law. Some knowledge of French is essential, and only applicants with the right to work in the United States will be considered.

International Lawyers Conference Presentations

Presentations developed by foreign lawyers who are LLM and LLM/Kellogg students provide brief overviews of the legal profession, legal education, and professional regulation in eight foreign jurisdictions:

Public Interest

This site has a database of jobs and volunteer opportunities, both law-related and other, with more than 20,000 non-profit organizations in more than 140 countries. It is searchable by subject matter, country, type of position, and other categories.

In addition to its listing of domestic public interest law positions, PSLawNet has an excellent data base of international positions. Northwestern Law pays dues to allow its students access to this comprehensive listing of public interest legal jobs. Register as a Northwestern student, make up a user name and a password, and start searching.

Human Rights Internet
This site lists positions, both law-related and other, in human rights organizations around the world.

Human Rights USA Resource Center

This site lists positions, both law-related and other, in humanitarian organizations around the world.

United Nations
Lists law-related internships and jobs with the United Nations. Click on "site index" then "employment opportunities" then "legal."

United Nations System of Organizations
This site provides links to most of the constituent UN organizations. Many organizations list volunteer and employment opportunities.

Human Rights Watch

Amnesty International Jobs

CARE Job Openings

Human Rights First

Other Resources

Find Law - International
ABA Section of International Law and Practice
American Society of International Law
International Law Students Association
One World Jobs

UK Links

Bar Association of the UK A magazine for students interested in a UK legal career This site discusses the qualifying exam for admission to practice in the UK