Friday, June 4, 2021

Opportunities at Loyola

I have to admit that I am interested in a less conventional legal career. I’m passionate about international law (as well as immigration and arbitration) for two reasons. One, I like the idea of working across legal systems in some capacity and I like the idea of working internationally as well (though, you are able to work internationally regardless of what field of law you go into!). International law sounds murky on its face. What is it exactly? That’s a loaded question and I’m not going to go into it right now, but it’s important to note that it’s an area of law that not all law students are immediately exposed to.

Because of all of this, it was a little difficult to figure out who I need to talk to, where I need to network, or how I can start to learn more about my interests at Loyola. Loyola has an incredible International Human Rights clinic, an International and Comparative Law Review and an International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team so… there are clearly a lot of options. However, I wasn’t sure where to start.

Thankfully, Loyola faculty, professors, the career development center and all the clubs and organizations are helpful in this regard. Through various events and helpful emails, I figured out the professors that I needed to talk to and set up informational interviews with them. That helped me immensely. I learned a lot about fields I am interested in, what opportunities I should be on the lookout for and how to best prepare myself.

To be honest, I really look forward to engaging in networking and career events in person. So, fingers crossed that will happen soon!