What does an international lawyers do?
International lawyers handle a wide range of issues that relate to international law. They provide advice and representation to clients about a variety of international law issues such as human rights and government policies. They handle corporate issues for international companies and many different other cases. Some international lawyers prosecute or defend clients in cases related to war crimes. Others specialize on helping write inter-nation agreements. International lawyers sometimes represent cases in front of the World Court. They often specialize in a certain area of international law such as international business, international trade, and international tax.
What kind of training does an international lawyer need?
International lawyers must have a bachelor degree and a law degree from an accredited law school. Many prospective international lawyers obtain bachelor degrees in international relations, global studies, political science, or other related field. Law school provides intensive instruction and exposes students to a variety of practical experiences. Many prospective international lawyers study the languages of the regions of the world where they want to work. Most law schools require students to complete an internship before graduation. Many prospective international lawyers study abroad while pursuing their education to gain practical experience. Many also complete internships or clerkships at law firms specializing in international law. All states require international lawyers to pass the written bar examination to become licensed. International lawyers must complete regular continuing legal education to maintain their licenses, keep their skills current, and stay abreast on advancements and changes in the field.
What are the prospects for a career as an international lawyer?
Employment of all lawyers, including international lawyers is expected to grow about as fast as average for all professions, increasing 13% from 2008 to 2018 (1).
Job prospects are expected to be good with keen competition. International lawyers with extensive experience and excellent academic records will have the best job opportunities.
How much do international lawyers make?
As of February 2010, the average annual salary for international lawyers is $68,000; average annual international lawyer salaries vary greatly on location, employer, education, experience, and benefits (2).
A career as an international lawyer is a great choice for people with a strong interest in international law and handling many different international issues. International lawyers must have a solid understanding of the concepts, rules, and regulations related to international law and the ability to provide legal advice and representation on a variety of international topics. Perseverance, detail orientation, analytical thinking, and excellent problem solving skills are essential traits. International lawyers must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work with a wide variety of people around the world. They must also have a general understanding of different languages.