The New Markets Lab, a non-profit law and development center, will supervise an independent clinical project in January 2018 to offer students an opportunity to see firsthand the impact that the economic legal and regulatory environment has on development and economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa.  The independent clinical project will take place in both Washington, D.C. and Tanzania, where the New Markets Lab is working with partners on the ground, including the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania, Tanzania Horticultural Association, and African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership, among others. The program will expose students to the roles of government, business, and international institutions in interacting with and shaping the enabling environment for business and trade to encourage agricultural development at the grassroots level.

The 2018 winter term independent clinical placement will involve working with the New Markets Lab to develop a Case Study that applies understanding of law and regulation to challenges affecting enterprises in the agricultural sector. As in past years, it will also include consultations with agribusinesses, local organizations and institutions, and public sector and civil society representatives to better understand how legal and regulatory needs and challenges are dealt with in the market and how local institutions could be strengthened in this area.  As part of the program, students are also required to produce a 15-page paper that conforms to the independent clinical program guidelines and is supervised by a Faculty Sponsor.


Students interested in applying should email their resume and a short statement of interest by October 20, 2017 to Katrin Kuhlmann at kkuhlmann at

Students will be notified of their application results by October 23.

Accepted students will need to secure a faculty sponsor and submit and Independent Clinical Application to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs by October 31, 2017.


This project is being funded through the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, and, therefore, there is no need to submit a funding application. It is anticipated that students who are selected for the program will have their transportation and housing costs covered.

Please feel free to email Ms. Kuhlmann if you have questions about the project and/or are trying to decide whether to apply.  She can be reached at kkuhlmann at, with a copy to Shannon Keating (, or by telephone on 202-309-5564 or 617-998-1569.

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