Some college graduates and law students dream about becoming international attorneys. They picture themselves jetting around the globe from client meetings to international conferences. Rarely, though, does the glamor match the responsibilities. International law involves more time researching differences among national laws than visiting exotic locales.
Some attorneys have spent their life working for human rights which is not always a front page title. None the less, attorneys fight battles for policy change in the US and worldwide. The attorneys also address crimes against humanity, refugee protection, torture, women's rights and gay and lesbian rights. There is a well known non-profit organization in Washington DC and New York that facilitates the work for change of human rights in conjunction with attorneys and the United Nations. Human Rights First employs attorneys, paralegals and a cluster of other support staff who work for human rights.
We reached to international attorneys and those who work with them from all over the world and asked them what it takes to be a successful international attorney. We wanted to share what they had to say with you. We hope you benefit from their insights as much as we did.