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More than 100 HLS students worked overseas for multilateral organizations, NGOs, and in other public interest positions this past summer, principally through the Chayes Fellowship Program and the Human Rights Program. Additionally, dozens of students spent the summer working overseas with private employers. HLS offers funding for students to conduct clinical work or independent research over the Winter Term and, in 2012, 100 students took advantage of the opportunity. The Law School is home to the broadest array of internationally oriented research programs of any North American law school. These include the East Asian Legal Studies Program, the Institute for Global Law and Policy, the Human Rights Program, the Islamic Legal Studies Program, and the Program on International Financial Systems. In a typical year, hundreds of students participate in these programs which include speakers series, research opportunities, a chance to engage scholars from the pertinent regions or disciplines, and social events. There are also opportunities, via a JD-LLM host student program, via research programs, and via a range of other activity to engage students from other jurisdictions. Internationally focused student organizations are among the largest and most active at the Law School. For example, HLS Advocates for Human Rights offers students opportunities to become involved in hands-on human rights advocacy from the start of their first year. Advocates has over 100 members, and participates in a wide range of projects, including litigation, reporting on rights violations, and working to influence government policy. In the past year, Advocates members have contributed to efforts to hold the United States accountable for War on Terror human rights abuses, to a report on child labor in Sierra Leone’s diamond mines, and to Alien Tort Statute litigation against several multinational corporations complicit in maintaining the system of apartheid in South Africa, as well as against a former Bolivian head of state allegedly responsible for serious rights abuses. The Law School has fielded teams in the Jessup (public international law) Competition, the Vis (international arbitration) Competition, and the European Law Competition.

Institutes and Programs

General Areas of Interest

Human Rights

International Affairs

International/Economic Development

International Business/Finance

Public Health

Religious Studies

Regional Areas of Interest




Latin America

Middle East


Moot Courts

  • European Law Competition (HELA)
  • Jessup
  • Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court