Practice Areas: International Public Service
The University of Michigan Law School has an impressive tradition of scholarship and service in international public service, which encompasses an enormous range of substantive work and practice settings. Lawyers practicing in the field of international public service find work in the Federal Government (e.g. U.S. Department of State), in Non-Governmental Organizations (e.g. Human Rights Watch, Legal Aid of Cambodia), in Inter-Governmental Agencies (e.g. United Nations, World Trade Organization), and in International Tribunes/Courts (e.g. International Court of Justice). They work in a variety of practice areas: Development and International Law, Environment, Science & Technology, Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, International Security, Trade & Investments, and Transnational Litigation & Arbitration. Each year, Michigan Law sends students all over the world to work on everything from human rights policy to environmental regulations to war crimes prosecution to advocacy on behalf of LBGT refugees. This site includes information and links to help you explore careers in international public service. For more information, we encourage you to schedule a counseling appointment with an attorney-counselor in the Office of Career Planning.
Career Exploration and education
This database (PDF) is a sampling of the opportunities around the globe in international public service. An asterisk (*) next to the name indicates that a Michigan Law professor, alumnus, or student has interned/worked for the organization. You can find additional contacts on Michigan Law's Public Service Network, on AlumNetwork, and on LinkedIn.
- Symplicity: Login to Symplicity to access and apply for job postings, view employer profiles, and schedule appointments with the Office of Career Planning.
- PSJD.org: Online resource connecting public interest law job-seekers with job opportunities.
- Idealist.org: Job listings in the development field, including many related to human rights.
- ReliefWeb: Postings for field positions for mostly humanitarian and some human rights jobs.
- Internabroad: International internship posting board and a resource for traveling abroad.