2017-2018 Externship at State Department

December 6, 2016

The Office of Private International Law in the Legal Adviser’s Office of the State Department is looking to fill our extern positions for fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. We generally have one or two unpaid positions (part-time or full-time) available each semester. Externs work directly with attorneys in conducting research, analyzing issues, preparing memoranda and other documents, developing negotiating positions, and otherwise assisting in the day-to-day work of the office. Applicants must receive academic credit for the externship.

Background:  The Office of Private International Law (L/PIL), Office of the Legal Adviser, Department of State is responsible for the negotiation, interpretation, and monitoring of conventions, model laws and rules, legislative guidelines, and other international instruments governing private transactions that cross international borders. Private international law topics include areas such as the  enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards, conflicts of laws, alternative dispute resolution, family law, investment securities, insolvency, electronic commerce, transportation, commercial finance, and international judicial assistance (service, discovery, legalization), as well as laws governing wills, trusts, and estates.

L/PIL’s work arises primarily in connection with international organizations such as the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law, the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the International Institute for Unification of Private International Law (UNIDROIT), and the Organization of American States. The office also works closely with experts and domestic organizations involved in private international law matters, including the American Bar Association and the Uniform Law Commission. Further information is available on our office website:http://www.state.gov/s/l/c3452.htm.

Qualifications: Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and externs will be required to obtain a security clearance prior to commencing work. Applicants must possess strong writing and analytical skills. Students who will be in their third year of law school at the time of the externship are preferred.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, resume, transcript (including in-progress coursework), and a legal writing sample to PIL@state.gov by January 16, 2017. Recommendation letters are welcome but not required. Applicants should indicate in their cover letters which semester(s) they would be available (fall 2017 and/or spring 2018). Please note that applications sent to the Office of the Legal Adviser regarding any other openings are not forwarded to L/PIL.


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