This question often pops up from law students who've been enthused by studying one of the international law honours options, returned from an Erasmus year, are passionate about human rights, the EU, from international LLM students – and others! So yes, it's a 'hot' – or at least a 'warm' topic – and one that can be difficult to research, as resources can be very scattered. Having acertained what exactly someone means by 'career in international law' – I've usually referred students to our leaflet 'International Opportunities in the Legal Field' as a useful starting point. And now I have another very useful resource to point them to in the Careers Service library – 'A guide to International Law Careers', written by international law lecturers and professors, and published by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
This little book, outlining the range of possible careers – from human rights to investment law and from the courtroom or boardroom to the refugee camp – offers a step-by-step approach to considering whether and how to pursue a career in one of these areas. The essential message is that international law jobs are out there and attainable if approached strategically and with perseverance.
It's written as a series of questions and answers and supplemented by practitioners' views and experiences, with appendices containing concrete information on the most useful internships, short courses and Master's programmes. So, if international law is your 'bag' – call into the Careers Service and consult this book – or get started immediately by reading the leaflet ' International Opportuntiies in the International Legal Field.'