The International Rule of Law and Security Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of law, developed in partnership with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, is an academic and experiential learning program that trains students to work on the most pressing international legal and policy challenges of the day. The program prepares students for careers in international development, national and international security, human rights, and rule of law and good governance. 

The IRLS program is based in Washington, DC and Phoenix, AZ. ASU Law students have the option of spending up to a full year (two semesters) of their law school careers taking courses from ASU faculty in Washington, DC. While in DC, most students choose to take advantage of DC’s unique externship opportunities and work on the issues they are learning about in their courses. Past student externships have included positions at various US government agencies, including the State, Treasury, and Justice Departments; Congressional offices and committees; various non-governmental organizations working on issues ranging from advocacy to international development and more; and private law firms. 

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