Are you interested in counterterrorism policy and prosecution and related national security matters? This is to inform you of an opportunity for HLS students to perform research and analytical work with the Counterterrorism Section (CTS), the Counterespionage Section, and the Office of Law and Policy (L&P), of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice as an independent clinical project, with Professor Rosenberg acting as faculty sponsor. The program has been offered for the past eleven years, and will continue for the 2015-2016 academic year.

As in the past, next year’s program will require students to perform clinical work during the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition, in the unlikely event an emergency project arises, students may be called upon to work during the Winter term (but only if such work does not conflict with the students’ normal Winter Term course obligations). Admission into the program is selective; to maximize the education value of challenging work and close supervision, enrollment will be limited to no more than four students. Selection will be based on a student’s academic performance, relevant experience, professional recommendations, and interest in the subject matter. All admitted students must also satisfy the background check requirements for the Department of Justice Volunteer Internship Program, sign a confidentiality agreement, and attend a mandatory orientation session in Cambridge at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Clinical credits are awarded through the independent clinical work program. Grading is Credit/Fail. Two clinical credits may be awarded (1 Fall credit + 1 Spring credit) and will be recorded on students’ transcripts at the end of the Spring semester. Due to the highly confidential nature of this program, students have the following independent clinical requirements waived: final paper and weekly emails. Standard clinical conditions preclude enrollees in the program from taking any other clinical course during the period of enrollment.

You may obtain further information about the HLS-CTS Independent Clinical offering by reading the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding . To apply, simply submit your most recent grade sheet (with Spring 2015 grades) and resume to Kim Peterson (, Assistant to David Rosenberg, on or before June 26th.

This clinical program offers an extraordinary opportunity for both public service (including satisfying the pro bono requirement) and professional training.

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