Opportunities For Students Interested In Pursuing Careers In International Economic Law


The study of law in Washington, DC, affords students an unparalleled opportunity to study international economic law at work. Since the beginning, the IIEL has enhanced these opportunities through a variety of programs and initiatives, including those listed below.

Alongside these events, IIEL sponsors mixers, networking opportunities and other events for students interested in pursuing careers in international economic law.

  • Externships: IIEL faculty are instrumental in securing for students externships in a wide variety of international economic legal fields. Externships at the World Bank, IMF, SEC’s Office of International Affairs, Atlantic Council, and Treasury Department are routine, as are other international placements at the World Trade Organization;
  • WTO Certificate program: provides students an opportunity to specialize in WTO law by taking specialized courses and writing a research paper on a related subject;
  • An Institute Fellows Program provides students, professors and visiting scholars to interact on a weekly basis on core areas of international economic rulemaking;
  • Journal of International Economic Law: Sponsored by Oxford University Press, the JIEL is published quarterly with scholarly, peer reviewed papers on international economic law;
  • ELSA Moot Court Competition: an annual event in which a team of students can compete in this international competition mentored by experienced faculty;
  • Weekly lunches: during the academic year, the Institute hosts scholars and practitioners to present on a subject of interest;
  • Workshops: scholars present their research to faculty and IIEL fellows for analysis and critiques;
  • BIICL Annual WTO Conference; in cooperation with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the IIEL organizes a two day program in London to examine contemporary issues of international trade law;
  • Annual Conference on International Financial Regulation: For the last three years, IIEL has co-sponsored a major conference on international financial regulation drawing diplomats, regulators and legal practitioners.
  • WTO Academy: an annual one week course aimed at students and career professionals who would like an immersion in WTO law.
  • CLE International Trade Update: this program is organized by Georgetown’s CLE program and is aimed at providing an overview of developments in trade law for practitioners.