HLS students enjoy learning about international, foreign, and comparative law not just on campus but through the first-hand experience of working, studying, or conducting research on cutting-edge issues in other countries.
For example, with support from International Legal Studies’ signature programs, HLS students have:
- worked with the Nigerian Copyright Commission to assess how domestic policy frameworks can protect the country’s creative industries
- examined the prevalence of private security companies in Brazil and the related regulatory challenges
- spent a semester abroad on an exchange program in Geneva, Switzerland taking classes to prepare for a career focusing on international trade
- conducted legal research for the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense on Mexico’s responsibility to monitor and regulate air quality
- evaluated the available legal aid for Cambodian migrant workers trafficked to work in the Thai fishing industry
- completed a year at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom delving into issues of international criminal law and earning an LL.M. as part of the joint degree program
A wide range of HLS fellowships and grants provide funding for opportunities abroad for students during and after law school.
International Travel Procedures
Harvard Law School has a set of required procedures for students undertaking international travel in relation to activities for which they receive HLS academic credit and/or Harvard funding, and student travelers also benefit from a range of support services provided by the university.