Law Jobs Abroad

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Legal Jobs Abroad


26 Law Jobs Abroad Programs

Jobs, Internships and Volunteer Programs in Spain

Paid jobs programmes all around Spain in Hospitality Management, Teaching English, etc. You won't get rich, but you will earn enough to cover basic expenses. Paid Job Placement: From 1 month - No maximum stay! * Eligibility: EU members, USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea. * Required Level: All levels welcome, from initial. * Affordable accommodations in shared apartments from 2...

Knowledge Must

China has captivated the minds of people around the world for thousands of years. In recent decades, China has been widely acknowledged as a global powerhouse, from cultural exports to business prowess, from the fine arts to technology. Chinese organizations have long understood the value of foreign employees for enhancing the effectiveness of their work. With an increasing number of multinatio...

Work/Intern at a Startup in Sydney, Australia w/ Sage Corps

When you work/intern at a tech startup in Sydney, Australia you automatically set your resume a part from the rest. Why? Because no one else is brave enough to take the risk and ditch the typical 9-5pm "paper-pushing, coffee grabbing" internship for a global entrepreneurial experience. Through Sage Corps' part-time or full-time program in Sydney, Fellows will work directly with entrepreneurs...


China's legal world is an incredibly exciting and ever-changing landscape and there is a lot to learn from the differing and interesting ways in which the Chinese conduct business within this industry. A sound understanding of Chinese law is essential for successfully conducting business in China! An internship within the legal industry could land you in various roles. You could find yoursel...

Business Internships in China

CRCC Asia specializes in matching students, graduates and young professionals with over 400+ leading Chinese and multinational companies in their fields for one, two, or three month internships. As featured on The BBC and The Wall Street Journal, the CRCC Asia China Internship Program provides motivated students and graduates with invaluable international work experience in the second greate...

Part-Time Chinese Study+Visa -12/W | Study Chinese Shanghai

Take part in a part-time Chinese study program offered with student visa support. The program is ideal for individuals interested in studying Chinese for business and communication purposes, but cant attend classes everyday. The Part time 12 Chinese course is offered three days per week, with four lessons each day. The Chinese lessons are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Stud...

Affordable Study and Work Placement in Spain

Receive lessons in Spanish for a minimum of four weeks while earning money through job placements in resorts located in Malaga, Salamanca, Madrid, Granada, or Barcelona. Participants will live on the stunning Spanish coastline of Costa Del Sol and most likely work in the resort areas of Marbella and Puerto Banos. A wide range of placements are available in the retail business and hospitalit...

Independent Work Abroad in Germany

The Independent Work Abroad Program in Germany provides work authorization for students enrolled at U.S. universities and colleges. Enrolled students from Canada and non-U.S. students attending accredited U.S. colleges and universities are also eligible. Participants find their own host companies and negotiate the terms of employment. Programs start individually, usually at the beginning of ...

Absolute Oz Jobs

Absolute Oz Jobs with First Abroad is the ideal introduction to your gap year in Australia. You’ll enjoy one week of fun Down Under adventures before you begin your job hunt with our amazing team in Sydney. The best thing about this once in a lifetime job program is the expert advice that is available to you throughout your time Down Under. Once you’ve had a week to relax, you’ll have all th...

Professional Internships in China (PIC) Program

You're unique; your internship should be too. It will be with Top Intern's PIC Program, where you will: 1) Be considered for an internship in some of China's leading companies 2) Intern in a positive and challenging environment that fits your criteria 3) Receive an internship package that is tailored specifically to you 4) Have the assurance that we've got your back from the moment you s...

Gap Journey

Here at Gap Journey we're looking for highly motivated, creative individuals who strive to do something more than just an internship. We seek those who are looking for a journey. Gap Journey takes care of you from step one. We strive to put you in an internship that benefits you as much as you benefit the company. This way you can gain great experience in your field with a company that entru...

Paid Internship Programs in Spain for Business Majors

BEST launches Business Experience Program through semester and academic year work experience placements in Madrid, Spain. Graduates and young professionals can gain international business experience through semester and academic year internship placements in Madrid. Internships focus on preparing students for working in an international environment in the field of their area of study: ie. Gener...

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Legal Jobs Abroad

Finding law jobs abroad can be a daunting prospect, but it can equally turn out to be a highly rewarding and exciting career move. Practicing law overseas requires a strong degree of flexibility, as you will be transferring to practice within another country’s legal system. Yet with the right combination of ambition, work ethic, and willingness to learn on the job, you will be well on your way to a successful legal career abroad.

Why Work Abroad

With the increasing globalization of some of the world’s most prestigious law firms, there has never been a more promising time to find legal jobs abroad. While obtaining a legal job abroad within multinational firms can be very competitive, the potential reward will easily match the initial time you invest in applying.

Seeking out legal opportunities abroad is not only a terrific career move, it will also greatly expand your cultural horizons and help you be able to work more effectively with a diverse range of clientele.


The location of jobs abroad really depends on the kind of law you want to practice or legal job you want to have. Most large multinational law firms retain a strong presence in the world’s premier global cities, such as London and Paris in Europe, Tokyo and Singapore in Asia, or Dubai in the Middle East. These cities are huge players in the international marketplace, so there is a large demand for attorneys in various subfields of corporate law. These top tier global cities (which also include the likes of New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Sydney) are also good places to search international law jobs abroad.

Of course if you are fluent in a language other than English, this skill alone opens up a whole new world of opportunities for legal jobs abroad. While learning the ins and outs of a different country’s legal framework can certainly be a demanding responsibility, by speaking the native language fluently you will gain access to a larger body of legal jobs overseas, which are not available to most Anglophones.

Law Jobs Abroad

The key to finding legal jobs overseas is the same as at home: volume and persistence. Law jobs at top multinational firms are extremely competitive, so if you are just beginning your legal career then do not expect to be hired in a top position for your first job. Instead focus on aggressive networking and a good reputation in the workplace, and get out your application to as many firms as possible.

The most widely available law jobs for aspiring international attorneys tend to be in the realms of corporate and financial law. As the forces of globalization march on, more and more companies from around the world continue to expand overseas, and so there is a large need for legal professionals to navigate the increasingly complex global marketplace.

You can also find legal jobs abroad in such sectors as real estate law, securities law, and international law. These types of positions generally judge applicants based on prior professional experience in the legal field, as well as additional factors, such as language proficiency and cultural familiarity.

Lastly, legal jobs abroad in sectors like criminal law, constitutional law, and other branches heavily grounded in the political system are generally withheld for native practitioners.

Salary & Affordability

Salaries for legal jobs abroad will typically remain on par with one another across borders, at least relatively. For instance, patent lawyers and corporate lawyers are some of the highest paid legal professionals almost anywhere in the world. Additionally, multinational firms tend to pay their employees at similar rates globally, with perhaps some minor variation according to regional living expenses.

The main difference is how far your salary will take you. Practicing law in Beijing or Shanghai, for example, will enable you to lead a more luxurious lifestyle for the simple fact that most costs of living in China are significantly cheaper than in the Western world. Base salary and living expenses should be high on your list of factors to consider when deciding where to look for legal jobs abroad.


Great Opportunity. International and corporate law jobs are some of the best paying and most highly respected legal careers out there, so if you are looking to work abroad in law, why not look in the center of the spotlight?

Love the Expatriate Life. Whether you are looking for a legal job abroad as a stepping stone, you are in a transitional period, or you want to begin a full fledged career abroad, it is likely that you will fall in love with the expatriate lifestyle. There is something perpetually exciting about waking up everyday on the other side of the world.

Build Your Resume. Wherever you end up down the line, a legal job overseas on your resume will look great to future employers. It shows them you have the ambition, work ethic, and adaptability that it takes to be successful in the field of law.

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