In the global community of the twenty-first century, every important area of legal practice involves an international dimension including the law regarding commerce, corporations, telecommunications, trade, the environment, tax, investments, finance, intellectual property, product liability, crimes, constitutions, and human rights. Consider how fast events in one country affect circumstances in other countries, whether they are ecological disasters, shifts in international capital and investments, securities fraud, trade disputes, international terrorism, and many other situations that have legal implications across national borders. Even the general practitioner needs to understand when an international or foreign legal question will arise in planning, advising, litigating, or negotiating for a client.
Students who develop a more specialized background in International Law will be well positioned for wide ranging professional practice. Among other things, lawyers with a keen interest and knowledge in International Law counsel international corporate clients, advise individuals and families on immigration matters, and work for international institutions, government entities, and non-governmental organizations around the world.
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A student with an interest in a particular aspect of International Law may study the topic in depth with a professor by arranging an Individual Research Project.
Linked here are two samples of student schedules of fictitious students who are interested in international law. These are designed to give some idea of the many ways courses can be woven into a curriculum designed to build your knowledge of international law and other areas of the law, prepare you to take a bar exam, and help you acquire professional skills. You can create many wonderful schedules that meet these goals. These two are merely samples that, frankly, should only be used to spur your ideas about the best curriculum for you. You may also want to discuss your scheduling choices with professors, practitioners, upper-level students and Dean Oliver. Please remember that you must ensure that your schedule will meet all the requirements for graduation. Also remember that the classes listed in these sample schedules may not be offered in the particular semester shown here while you are in law school and that the number of credits may vary from year to year.
Sarah Welcome '11. The reason that Sarah Welcome ’11 became a University of Cincinnati College of Law student can be directly linked to the opportunity she participated in during a recent summer—working in Botswana, Africa. She and a classmate, Sapphire Diamant-Rink, departed for Botswana. Her job was to clerk for two justices of the country’s High Court: David Newman and Oagile Dingake. Her responsibilities included drafting judgments for the justices in criminal and corporate law cases, conducting legal research, attending trials, and editing the manuscript of a textbook on Botswana constitutional law written by Justice Dingake. In addition, she had the opportunity to sit in on Botswana’s customary court, observing how the chief of the village handled legal matters. . . . Welcome explained that she will likely practice immigration law, since she already has experience in that arena, and she would like to do so in Chicago. “I have also thought about taking the Foreign Service test and working abroad,” she commented. “Ultimately, my dream job would be to work for the United Nations.” (Read more)
Marilu Gresens '10. One of the biggest decisions for most out-of-state students attending the College of Law, is whether to take the bar exam in Ohio or back home. Marilu Gresens ’10, who grew up in a small town in upstate New York, faced that same question and ultimately opted to take the New York State bar exam. But Gresens is not working in her home state—in fact, nowhere even near New York. (Read More)
Adam Moser '09. As the world was riveted by the athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympics, hosted in Beijing, China, UC Law student Adam Moser, Class of 2009, was getting a "bird's eye view" of the festivities. In 2008, he completed an internship with the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, researching relevant laws that apply to current cases and using new public information laws to request and obtain government records. . . . His position with the Center afforded Moser opportunities to go where few foreigners have gone before—inside a Chinese courtroom. He was able to witness a civil trial involving one of the Center’s clients. “It was rare that a foreigner got to watch court proceedings here [in China] unless they were a party to the case.” . . . Moser’s focus at UC Law was international business, environmental, and energy law. He plans to make his career in this area with significant work in China, advising international corporations on best practices regarding environmental and energy-related concerns. (Read more)
Some places our graduates have worked include:
Taegin Stevenson ’07. Before coming to the College of Law as an Urban Morgan Fellow, Stevenson earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs at Florida State University, where she worked with the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Terry Coonan, who is also a former Morgan Fellow. During her law school years she served on the Moot Court Honor Board and as the Managing Editor of the Human Rights Quarterly. She spent summers working in Botswana as a law clerk at the High Court of Botswana and in Washington, D.C. at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. Since 2008 Stevenson has been the Program Coordinator for the International Justice and Litigation Programs at the Open Society Justice Initiative where she works on international criminal law and strategic litigation.
Kate Pongonis '97. As a United States Foreign Service Officer, Pongonis is a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. (Read more)