International Legal Studies

International Careers

Navigating the waters of achieving a career in international law can be challenging. Here are some tips and resources for safe passage to exciting employment opportunities:

1. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset for many positions in international law and a requirement for many others. To optimize opportunities in this field, consider becoming fluent in a foreign language with focus on legal terminology, as well as cultural communication. The Westminster Law Library provides legal dictionaries in a number of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Chinese. The Sturm College of Law offers courses in Lawyering in Spanish and in Russian. Students may access the Rosetta Stone language programs online, through the University of Denver Penrose Library System.

2. Useful Links:

Denver Law Career Services

Employment with the United Nations

International Firms and Associations

American Bar Association – Legal Career Central

American Society of International Law – Job Board

International Law Student Association (ILSA) – Internships Fellowships,

International Bar Association – Legal Internships

University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies


International LL.M. programs:
ILSA LL.M. programs
LLM Guide

3. The Westminster Law Library stocks multiple books on international legal careers:

A Guide to International Law Careers, Anneke Smit and Christopher Waters (2009).
Careers in International Law, ed. Salli Anne Swartz (2008).
Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, Kimm Alayne Walton (2008).
Careers in Law, Gary A. Munneke (2004).
International Jobs: Where They Are, How to Get Them, Nina Segal (2003).
Careers in International Affairs, eds. Maria Pinto Carland and Lisa A. Gihring (2003).
Careers in International Law, eds. Mark W. Janis and Salli Swartz (2001).

For assistance with the Westminster Law Library resources, please contact Karina Condra the Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarian.


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