In an increasingly global marketplace, study abroad programs have become essential for attorneys seeking to focus their legal practice on international or corporate law, explained Faegre Baker Daniels lawyers Angella Castille and Mark Shope in Indiana Lawyer.
"Having a dual degree gives lawyers looking for jobs in international law an advantage," Castille said. "The market is very competitive, and candidates who have the experience of studying and working in China plus possess the ability to speak Mandarin or Cantonese really stand out."
Mark Shope earned law degrees from both an American university and a law school in Taiwan. He said that this international experience added to the skills he uses routinely in his practice in Faegre Baker Daniels' corporate group, where he focuses on international law.
Shope, who also speaks Mandarin, said that international law is rewarding despite its challenges and intricacies. "I love it," Shope said. "I love my practice."