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HLS students enjoy learning about international, foreign, and comparative law in a variety of ways — through interactions with classmates who come from over 70 countries, through over 100 courses and reading groups and myriad events on campus, and through the first-hand experience of studying and working in other countries.

Here is a sampling of recent student activity:

  • a semester on an exchange program in Geneva taking classes to prepare for a career in international law and development
  • independent research on legal issues that surround foreign investment in Chinese infrastructure and energy projects with the support of a Winter Term International Travel Grant
  • a student trip to Ethiopia organized by the Harvard African Law Association
  • a summer as a Chayes International Public Service Fellow conducting research with the Development and Peace Project in Colombia on economic development in situations of violence and conflict
  • enrollment in Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project, a course that includes travel to Ghana to engage in social and economic rights clinical work
  • a year at the University of Cambridge in England delving into issues of international intellectual property and earning an LLM as part of the joint degree program

A wide range of HLS fellowships provide opportunities for students both during and after law school. International Legal Studies also provides occasional discretionary grants to defray costs for students undertaking independent projects abroad.