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All Harvard Law School students enroll in Winter Term for three weeks in January. While all first-year students participate in the 1L January Experiential Term at HLS, second- and third-year and LL.M. students may select an intensive course on the HLS campus, pursue a clinical opportunity, or conduct supervised research and writing in Cambridge or elsewhere.

Many students use Winter Term as a time to further explore international aspects of law and may travel abroad to do so. Winter Term projects have enabled students to work for the South African Judicial Inspectorate of Prisons, conduct research on Japan’s agricultural trade policy, examine antiquities trafficking in Guatemala, and evaluate Laos’ environmental laws in relation to hydropower projects. Other projects have taken HLS students to Cambodia, China, Guyana, Haiti, India, Israel, Kenya, Morocco, Russia, South Sudan, and Switzerland, to name a few.

Please note that HLS students may not take courses at a foreign law school as a way of earning credit for Winter Term.

Winter Term International Travel Grants

The Winter Term International Travel Grant Program provides funding to students for overseas travel during Winter Term.

Winter Term 2019

Winter Term 2019

This year, the 12 Cravath International Fellows traveled across the globe for Winter Term clinical placements or independent research.

Four 2019 Cravath Fellows share their stories

In January, 60 HLS students traveled to 34 countries, conducting research for writing projects or undertaking independent clinicals with support from the Winter Term International Travel Grant Program.

Photos from Winter Term 2019

Winter Term 2018

Winter Term 2018

Since the Cravath International Fellowships were launched in 2007, more than 170 students have traveled to 69 countries during Winter Term as Cravath Fellows, pursuing clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus.  In 2018, ten Cravath Fellows traveled to nine countries.

Read about the work of four 2018 Cravath Fellows

This year, 58 HLS students traveled to 29 countries, conducting research for writing projects or undertaking independent clinicals, with support from the Winter Term International Travel Grant Program.

Photos from Winter Term 2018

Winter Term 2017

Winter Term 2017

11 Harvard Law School students were selected as 2017 Cravath International Fellows. During Winter Term, they traveled to 11 countries to pursue clinical placements or independent research.

Three 2017 Cravath Fellows share their experiences

Winter Term 2016

Winter Term 2016

2016 Cravath Fellows

Thirteen Harvard Law School students were selected as 2016 Cravath International Fellows, traveling to 12 countries.

Read about four of the 2016 Cravath Fellows
Ishita Kala in Haiti

During the 2016 Winter Term, 65 HLS students traveled to 30 countries conducting research for writing projects or undertaking independent clinicals, with support from the Winter Term International Travel Grant Program.

Photos from Winter Term 2016