Career Services for Foreign-Trained LL.M. Students

There are not many positions available for foreign lawyers interested in practicing law in the United States for one year. However, if you start the process early enough you have a good opportunity of finding one of these positions. Foreign-Trained LL.M. students are encouraged to participate in different career oriented programs, such as resume and cover letter workshops, practical training lectures, individual career counseling sessions, and mock interviews. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of networking opportunities available at the law school and in the D.C. metropolitan area throughout the year. Start early. Come visit the Office of Career & Professional Development and schedule a meeting with your advisor.

The Office of Career & Professional Development provides comprehensive career search assistance for practical training positions. The Assistant Director for International Career Programs is available to help you identify your interests, introduce you to the vast array of career development and employment opportunity resources, and assist with career decision-making. She also specializes in career counseling, individualized review and critique of resumes and cover letters, and job search strategy development.

The Office of Career & Professional Development maintains up-to-date listings of specific employment opportunities, as well as an extensive library of employer information resource materials. The staff at the front desk can lead you in the right direction.

Career Counseling

Melanija Radnovic, the Assistant Director for International Career Programs is available in the Office of Career & Professional Development to help foreign-trained LL.M. candidates develop an effective job search strategy for practical training. Students are introduced to an array of career development and employment opportunity resources, and assist with career decision-making. The Assistant Director for International Career Programs specializes in career counseling, individualized review and critique of resumes and cover letters, and search strategies to find an internship and a one-year position after law school.

After participating in a resume workshop, you will be able to schedule an individual appointment with the Assistant Director for International Career Programs via CareerLink. Individual appointments with the Assistant Director for International Career Programs are an hour long, and if you already have a resume or cover letter for review, please drop a hard copy in Suite 122 (OCPD) or e-mail the draft to Melanija Radnovic 24 hours prior to the meeting.

If you have just a quick job search question, you can either e-mail it to Melanija Radnovic, or stop by Suite 122 (Office of Career & Professional Development).

Programs

The Office of Career & Professional Development conducts seminars on various areas of specialization and sponsors panel discussions on career options and job search strategies. The office also offers opportunities throughout the academic year for LL.M. students to attend lectures, panels, and workshops especially designed for the needs of foreign-trained lawyers.

Resume Writing Workshop

The Assistant Director for International Career Programs is scheduling mini resume/cover letter sessions with small groups of students during the academic year. For more information, stop by our office (Suite 122) or e-mail Melanija Radnovic. All students enrolled in the LL.M. program should attend a resume workshop during the semester, if you are planning to find a practical training position during the academic year. The resume workshops are a little more than an hour long.

Mock Interviews

Do not let your first interview actually be your first interview in the United States. One of the best ways to prepare for upcoming interviews is to participate in a mock interview. Melanija Radnovic, the Assistant Director for International Career Programs, will be conducting mock interviews by appointment only in OCPD. She requests that students provide a copy of their resume prior to the appointment and indicate what employer-type they would like her to assume in the mock interview. Please schedule via CareerLink

to schedule an appointment for a mock interview with Melanija Radnovic.

Resources and Job Listings

The Office of Career & Professional Development library contains a variety of printed, audio-visual and computerized search materials covering all aspects of career planning. The library has books, guides and directories of employers, including private firms, corporations, trade associations, government agencies and international organizations. The Office of Career & Professional Development subscribes to a variety of job bulletins including:

  • The Legal Times
  • The International Career Employment Weekly
  • International Internships 2003
  • Environment Career Opportunities

ILSP Career Connection Newsletter

The ILSP Career Connection is a newsletter containing jobs and internship opportunities in the USA and abroad. In every edition, a large variety of employers is represented, including law firms, government agencies, NGOs and international organizations. Since many jobs and internship opportunities can appear from personal connections and acquaintances, the ILSP Career Connection also contains a section listing events happening in Washington, DC where students and alumni will have the opportunity to network with local professionals and expand their network of contacts.

The ILSP Career Connection is a fabulous tool for job seekers. We encourage you to read through all the sections and explore all the opportunities you are interested in. The more you apply the more chances you have of getting hired! Please click here to access this publication, and click here for the previous version.

The ILSP Career Connection is available for WCL students and alumni only. You must have a Novell log in and password in order to access the ILSP Career Connection. If you are a member of our student or alumni body and is experiencing difficulties accessing this publication, please email Melanija Radnovic.

If you are an employer and would like to advertise a job or internship in the ILSP Career Connection, please contact Melanija Radnovic, Assistant Director for International Career Programs by email or by phone at (202) 274-4097.

Your feedback about our service is highly appreciated. If you have suggestions or would like to provide comments about this publication, please send an email to Melanija Radnovic.

Have you found a job or internship through the ILSP Career Connection? Please tell us about it! Send an email to Melanija Radnovic and share the good news!

Click here for the ILSP Career Connection Newsletter.

New York International Student Interview Program

Legal employers worldwide will participate in the Annual International Student Interview Program held at the New York University School of Law at the beginning of the spring semester. The one-day program brings together more than a 1000 foreign-trained law students with more than 130 employers with positions in approximately 35 countries, including the U.S. The program is a cooperative association of 28 law schools that promotes and facilitates the efficient hiring of foreign-trained lawyers and targets graduate students with foreign law degrees who are enrolled as full-time students at one of the participating law schools.

Please attend the ISIP Information Sessions, that take place every September and October.

Advice from LL.M. Alumni

Interview with René Arce-Lozano, an International Legal Studies Program alumni working for the International Trade Practice Group of White & Case, LLP. Learn first-hand what a foreign-trained LL.M. did to find a job in the United States as part of his optional practical training.

Immigration Requirements: Employment for LL.M. Students in F-1 and J-1 Visa Status

To learn about the immigration requirements please attend one of the information workshops: OPT Info Session and Employment for F-1 visa Students and visit the Office of International Student and Scholars Services located at the American University Main Campus:

Butler Pavilion, Room 410

Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 202-885-3350

http://www.american.edu/ocl/isss/