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A global perspective and cross-cultural skills are becoming increasingly important to be effective leaders in law and policy. The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University offers students international opportunities that include centers and programs, courses, externships, and community involvement. Graduates apply what they have learned in international law to a range of jobs related to policymaking, business, criminal justice, economic development, and human rights.

Centers and Programs

Students have the Center for Law and Global Affairs (LGA) and the International Rule of Law & Security Program (IRLS) at their fingertips to help them realize their international ambitions. LGA is the hub for international student opportunities, international events, and international legal scholarship at ASU Law. IRLS prepares students for jobs that promote justice, human rights, sustainable economic development, and equality under the law across the globe.


Students can take a wide variety of courses on international topics, ranging from international environmental law to international human rights law to international institutions. These include business-related courses such as international contracts, international taxation, international commercial arbitration, and international business transactions.


Students that participate in externships gain practical experience that makes them more competitive for jobs at home and abroad. ASU Law can place every eligible enrolled student into an externship at organizations in Arizona or Washington, D.C. like the U.S. State Department, World Bank, International Rescue Committee, Department of Homeland Security, and Human Rights First. See more ASU Law DC-based externships here. The opportunity for students to network with international decision-makers, opinion leaders, and top practitioners is further amplified through ASU’s large DC presence.

Community Involvement

Students can engage with globally minded leaders in the legal, government, and business communities to develop professionally. For instance, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations hosts events and other forums for select students to engage with prominent leaders and practitioners on trending international issues. And each year LGA holds a workshop with the American Red Cross on international humanitarian law that brings students, members of the military, and community leaders together to learn more about the principles governing armed conflict.


Please contact Emoline Fox, 480-965-3365.

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