I'm debating several options:
1) Law school - I liked my undergrad law classes, I like the idea of law school, I like arguing and reading, etc... although if I do law school my focus would be on international law so I can work internationally (I have no interest in being a domestic lawyer or anything).
2) PhD in Political Science - I love political science, I love doing research, and I love writing... a PhD in Poli Sci feels like it would fit just right in terms of what I would truly enjoy doing.
3) Joint JD/Masters (probably in International Relations) - I guess the best of both worlds?
I've also really been considering going abroad for my grad school (I.E... McGill in Canada, Sorbonne in Paris, or a British school such as LSE).
It has been really difficult though to find a lot of info on these international schools; for American universities there is the USNews rankings or whatever that gives good approximations of ranks (for example Georgetown is a top school for international law, UCSD is a top school for PhD's in IR, etc), but this information is not readily available for international schools.
I was wondering, does anybody here at TL know where a good place to study international law would be (outside the US)? I know the international schools I listed above are pretty well regarded in general, but I'm not sure of how they would compare with American schools. For example, would studying International Law at LSE be better, worse, equal (in terms of reputation) to Georgetown? Why am I asking TL? Because maybe someone here knows... Why not ask the career services center at my school? Because I hate those retards.
+ Show Spoiler [Mini Rant on UCSD Career Services Center] +
I really hate them, seriously you'd think a person whose JOB it is to offer career/graduate school advising would be more helpful, but no. Seriously every time I talk to these clowns, all they do is tell me to go look at some websites. Seriously? They're getting paid 80k per year or however much they get to sit in a chair and tell people to go look at websites. That's not fucking helpful to me at all.
One time I went in there, and they had some grad student intern, and I was asking her questions on how to go about getting an internship at a think tank and SHE DIDNT EVEN KNOW WHAT A THINK TANK WAS, seriously what the fuck? That place is so goddamn unhelpful it pisses me off.
Some stuff I'm considering:
- Berkeley Law school
- Berkeley PhD in Poli Sci
- MIT PhD in Poli Sci
- LSE joint law/ma
- SAIS / Georgetown joint law/ma
- Tufts / Berkeley joint law/ma
- Harvard Law or PhD (ya, maybe 2% chance I get in but fuck it I'm goin for it!)
- Georgetown law
- NYU law
- McGill PhD in Poli Sci
What I'm trying to get out of this all?
Well, I don't know 100% what I want to DO, but I'm pretty sure I want to work with some kinda organization like the UN, ICJ, or some kind of international tribunal; I want to work in international law in some capacity that deals with democracy/human rights issues, or possibly even corporate (maybe I'll be on the team of lawyers that will deal with the eventual titanic Blizzard vs KESPA lawsuit!?)... or I'd love to work at a think tank doing research, writing, and advocacy.
So at the end of the day, I want to go to a place where the degree(s) I get and the name of the place I go will best enable me to achieve those goals... however, I don't know what place or program I should choose or aim for. I mean, I'm still about 7-8 months from applying, but I want to get everything sorted out by the Summer so I can prepare my resume, rec letters, essays, etc.
I don't wanna do what I did for undergrad (I.E wait till the last minute, botch everything, and generally fuck up), I want to be as prepared as possible since this is really it... my career will partially be guided by this next step I make, so I want to make sure I have everything under control and do things the right way.
So point being, does anyone at TL have any advice, been in my situation/going through it right now/whatever ? I'd love to hear some thoughts and input from people since that's 50% of the reason of this blog (the other 50% is for me to just write shit and sort out my own thoughts).
So ya that's about it ~~!