Careers In International Trade

The Customs and International Bar Association (CITBA) seeks to foster a profession that is diverse, equitable and inclusive, and, as part of that commitment, wants to encourage more students, particularly students from underrepresented groups, to consider careers in international trade, customs, and export controls law.

This page of our website includes papers that may help law students decide if they are interested in an international trade law career. The paper Opportunities in Trade Law describes where law students can get first-hand experience in the international trade law field; the list includes several programs that some law firms have for minority law students and more generally describes intern, clerkship, and career positions at various government agencies and U.S. courts. The document What Is an International Trade Lawyer Anyway?- CITBA’s Summary of International Trade Practice Areas for Young Lawyers and Law Students answers the question what is an “international trade lawyer” and provides a very useful description of the different types of practices an international trade lawyer may have. The chart Examples of Trade Laws provides in a handy form some of the most important laws that affect U.S. international trade.

Students who want to gain legal experience in the field as an intern at a government agency, court, or non-profit, and who have applied for such a position, should also consider applying for the CITBA/ASIL Summer Fellowship Program. The Summer Fellowship Program provides fellowships that can help a student afford to take an unpaid or low-paying trade position in the public or non-profit sector. The announcement and application for the 2022 program can be found here

The CITBA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will be organizing from time-to- time panels for students interested in an international trade law career. Recordings of earlier Committee programs are available under the Event Recordings section of the CITBA website.