The market for legal jobs is difficult right now and specializing in a particular issue, like international law, can make your job search even more frustrating. Wes Rist, the Director of Education and Research at the American Society of International Law, will discuss the steps that students can take while still in law school to help themselves stand out in the search for an international law position. Topics covered will include targeted job searching, resume drafting, managing one’s professional contacts, identifying appropriate international experiences, pursuing valuable volunteer and professional membership opportunities, and other practical issues that students can pursue immediately. The discussion will include a chance for students to pose questions to Rist about different fields of practice, methods of job searching, and how to benefit from individual experiences.
D. Wes Rist has served since 2012 as the Director of Education and Research at the American Society of International Law, in which position he manages all aspects of the Society’s education programs for a variety of constituencies, including practicing lawyers and judges, policy-makers, secondary and postsecondary students, and the general public. Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the Center for International Legal Education and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and as Visiting Lecturer at the University of the West of England Faculty of Law in Bristol, UK. He has organized programs, publicity, and logistics for dozens of grant-funded initiatives, including educational programming, speaker visits, and research-focused awards. Mr. Rist has written on international legal education issues and has worked with several different organizations, including Fulbright, Muskie, and the Open Society Foundations, on those topics around the world, including Austria, the United Kingdom, Jordan, and Palestine. He is the author of ASIL’s bi-annual publication Careers in International Law: A Guide to Career Paths in International Law and has been advising professional students and recent graduates on careers in international law for nearly 10 years. Mr. Rist is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds an LL.M. (with distinction) in International Human Rights Law from UWE Bristol Law School.