An international law degree from the Graduate Institute opens the door for students to embark upon a career not only in the field of international law, but also in political affairs, diplomacy and a variety of other fields, both in the public and private sector. Students will have the opportunity to garner valuable legal writing and research skills that are highly sought after in the job market.

The International Law Department at the Graduate Institute ensures students walk away as seasoned international lawyers with the ability to engage in qualitative analysis and with an enhanced understanding of current legal affairs.

By studying at the Graduate Institute, students will capitalise from the benefit of close interactions with professors due to small class sizes, the prospect of local internships and research opportunities, and access to conferences and public events featuring renowned speakers.

For students at the Graduate Institute, the international city of Geneva becomes their campus, which is a culturally enriching opportunity and offers the added value of learning a new language. There are plenty of opportunities for students to network in a city that is the hub for international law.

At the Graduate Institute, learning is not restricted to the classroom. Master, LLM and PhD students will benefit from a rich exchange of knowledge, while obtaining degrees that offer the flexibility to pursue a range of careers. Typical examples of professional outcomes include positions in governments, international organisations, permanent missions, non-governmental organisations, law firms and academia, in addition to other promising career opportunities.


Master's Student Placement after Graduation


Data collected since 2008 reveals that after graduation the International Law Master’s students have been employed in all four sectors:

  • The public sector attracted 37% of students, most of who are employed in international organisations
  • Employment in the private sector is also a popular choice, employing 35.5% of students, with many working in legal services
  • The third sector attracted 14.5% of Master’s students, which was largely led by employment in non-governmental organisations
  • 14% of graduates pursued choices in academia, either continuing their studies or conducting research for an academic institution


PhD Student Placement after Graduation


Data collected since 2008 reveals that after graduation the International Law PhD students have been employed in all four sectors:

  • 41% of PhD graduates decided to pursue a career in academia
  • The private sector attracted 25% of students, many of who are working in SMEs or for consulting companies
  • The public sector was equally attractive, with most students employed in international organisations
  • 9% of students went to the third sector, to work for non-governmental organisations and think tanks