HLS students enjoy learning about international, foreign, and comparative law in a variety of ways — through interactions with classmates who come from more than 70 countries, through over 100 courses and reading groups and many events at HLS and around the university, and through the first-hand experience of studying and working in other countries.
For example, with support from International Legal Studies’ signature programs, HLS students have recently:
- worked remotely during the summer with a Berlin-based NGO to help identify the harmful impacts of technology on human rights and democratic values, as a Chayes International Public Service Fellow
- spent a semester abroad on an exchange program in Geneva taking classes to prepare for a career focusing on international trade
- conducted 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
- completed 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.
In our Roadmaps, read about some of the amazing ways students have explored international legal studies at HLS:
- A winter term filming a documentary on water rights in India
- A semester in Beijing studying comparative law
- Developing an international business plan through the Harvard Innovation Lab
- A summer in Lebanon collecting testimony on the treatment of refugees