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Ms. JD International Scholar Update

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Here is an update from the Program, along with some brief updates from the Scholars.With financial support from Ms. JD Global Education Fund, the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate (GMD) has purchased some text books which were identified by the scholars. These books have been placed in the GMD Resource Centre for the scholars to access.…

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Ms. JD International Scholar Update: Joannine Nanyange

 Editor's Note: Joannine Nayange is a 2010  Ms. JD International Scholar studying law at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to the Global Eduction Fund.  Joannine Nanyange reports:I hope you entered the new-year well and I also hope it is turning out to be fruitful. 2013 is so far a very good year for me in terms of studies and social life. When we reported back for semester II, there was a course unit that I really wanted to offer. It is called Clinical Legal Education. It basically deals with Public Interest Law which involves taking legal aid and justice to the…

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Ms. JD International: UN Office of Legal Affairs

The United Nations is the flagship entity in the international sector, and has opportunities for lawyers at headquarters and in the field to work in international law. Similar to the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, the UN has a central Office of Legal Affairs, based at headquarters in New York. The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) serves as in-house counsel to the UN Secretary-General, the Secretariat as a whole, and the rest of the UN organs.  The OLA is lead by an Under-Secretary-General, an Assistant Secretary-General, and staffed by 160 attorneys. The Under-Secretary General serves as chief legal…

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State Department Part IV: Civilian Response Corps

Interested in working abroad but only for a short period of time? Are you working at a federal agency as a lawyer or hold a JD degree and want to use your legal skills for projects abroad? Interested in gaining field experience in rule of law and judicial reform? The Civilian Response Corps may be an excellent opportunity for you.Lawyers in the federal government have an opportunity to work in the international sector through the State Department’s Civilian Response Corps (CRC).  The CRC is operated by the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) and is composed of federal workers who employ their expertise to help restore…

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Ms. JD International: State Department, Part III: Foreign Service

Ms. JD International: State Department, Part III: Foreign Service The Foreign Service is the flagship arm of the State Department, and is an excellent career choice for Ms. JD Internationals seeking a career in the international sector. Ever dream about living an expat lifestyle? Attracted by the aura and mystery of diplomatic work? Want to represent the United States abroad? Then the Foreign Service may be for you. Whether you are straight out of law school or have been practicing for years, the Foreign Service is a great option to stoke your international interests and embark upon a diplomatic career.…

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Ms. JD International: State Department, Part II: Civil Service Careers

Office of the Legal Adviser Naturally, ladies holding JDs interested in a career in international law will look at the State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, “L.” The attorneys in L advise the Secretary of State, and all State bureaus and personnel on legal matters that arise in the pursuit of the Department’s mission, the development and execution of US foreign policy. As I described in my last post, L is divided into regional and functional bureaus that loosely correlate to the main bureaus at State. The Office of East Asian/Pacific Affairs in L counsels diplomats and civil servants…

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Ms. JD International: State Department, Part I

State Department, Part I: Student Opportunities The State Department, perhaps the pinnacle of all things international, has fantastic professional opportunities for internationally-minded law students. The three core opportunities for students are: the Student Internship Program, STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program), and SCEP (Student Career Experience Program). Law students can extern during the semester in at State headquarters in DC for credit or intern at an embassy abroad. The Office of the Legal Adviser, otherwise known as “L,” offers a very small number of externships and paid summer internships specifically for law students, but law students interested in international law should…

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Ms. JD International: Your Ticket to a Career Abroad

Greetings Ms. JD readers, and happy 2012! Ms. JD International here, one of the new 2012 Writers in Residence. Ever wanted to live and work abroad? Like to travel? Ever think your career would be nailed to US soil since you earned or are earning a JD degree at a US law school? Well ladies, you’ve come to the right place! For the next 12 months, I will be writing about all the ways one can pursue an international career with a JD. From practicing law to developing foreign policy, from working for a U.S. law firm in Paris to…

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