ICLLP Fellows from 2014

Previous year's ICLLP Fellows pursued human rights and environmental justice work in South Africa, India, Malyasia, Mexico, Netherlands (The Hague), the United Nations Secretariat, among other places.

 

About the ICLLP Fellowship Program

The ICLLP fellowship program is for second-year JD day students (and second- and third-year evening JD students) interested in international public interest practice and advocacy in the fields of human rights, environmental justice, international criminal law, among other areas. More specifically, the Fellowship Program offers students the opportunity to:

  1. complete a specialized course in international human rights advocacy to prepare for their fieldwork in the Spring semester,
  2. undertake summer fieldwork externing for an organization engaged in public interest law and   advocacy, and
  3. complete a culminating project growing out of that work experience (optional).

All program externships and associated courses are for academic credit. 

Specialized Coursework

Fellows are required to enroll in a two-credit graded course in the 2018 spring semester, International Legal Practice: Public Interest. This course introduces students to both the law and practice of international and comparative law and prepares students for the various aspects of their summer fieldwork. In addition, during the spring semester, students participate in seminars on substantive international law issues that are relevant to their externships.

This course is designed to bridge theory and practice in the area of international and comparative law. The goals of this course are threefold: first, to provide an overview of substantive law relating to international legal practice, specifically in the public interest field; second, to train students in practical skills necessary for international lawyering and advocacy; and, third, to present students with an opportunity to carry out a focused examination of a case study, which may be drawn from their prospective international internships and fieldwork. Throughout, students will critically engage with questions that are central to what it means to practice public interest international law today.

To begin, this course will provide an overview of key substantive issues of international and comparative law and explore current controversies in the field. The focus of the course will be public-interest international lawyering in the field of human rights, transitional justice, development, and the environment. Moving to practice-related issues, students will work on individual projects associated with their proposed internship (or a hypothetical case study for those students not pursuing internships) and develop their fundamental lawyering and advocacy skills, including with regards to international research.

Fellowship Fieldwork

Students extern at a diverse range of field sites for which they have applied and been selected. ICLLP fellows have worked at non-governmental organizations in South Africa, Malaysia, Mexico, India, Jamaica, Sweden, among other countries, as well as intergovernmental organizations and international tribunals. Fellows commit to working as an extern full time for generally 6-12 weeks during the summer for the host organization for three academic credits. (All Fellowship externships are for academic credit (pass/fail)).

There are two categories of externships associated with this fellowship:

  • (Category 1) International public-interest oriented externships with a select number of multilateral, governmental and nongovernmental organizations around the world which Suffolk Law School has developed relationships with, including, for example, in Jamaica, Malaysia, Sweden and South Africa (see the 2018 Application for specific listing of internship organizations); and
  • (Category 2) Externships which students have secured independently and which have been approved as meeting the program requirements (see the 2018 Application for further details).

"Category One" field placements include:

Student Perspectives 

To learn about previous fellows' experiences at their field placements, please review:

Students are also encouraged to reach out to previous participants in the program.

To review a database of previous students' field placements for all Int'l Legal Practice programs, see here.

(Optional) Post-fieldwork: Culminating Project

Following their externship experience, fellows have the option to enroll in a two-credit (graded) seminar Advanced Topics in International Legal Practice. Each student will produce a culminating project, such as a Note, fact-finding report, public presentation, or legislative proposal related to their summer internship. As part of the seminar, students will be encouraged to incorporate a comparative framework into their project, fitting into one of the two tracks of:

  • Global to Local Track: Students engage an issue with global dimensions from different vantages—through a comparative frame that puts the global in conversation with the local in an applied manner. What are the global/local manifestations, dimensions and tensions of a particular issue or area of law; what is the interplay between the global and local?
  • Private to Public Track: Students examine what are the public dimensions of a particular issue or practice area. What overlap, conflicts and/or synergies exist between private and public international law and legal practice?

This seminar may be used to satisfy the Law School’s legal writing requirement.

Fellowship Financial Support

Fellows receive a scholarship to support their participation in the program with the possibility of supplemental funding. Students also may apply for Financial Aid to support summer activities.

Note: Often pursuing academic credit in the summer (as students do in the ICLLP program) may have particular financial benefits for some students (specifically, significant reductions in tuition costs) if students plan ahead. This is because the academic credits pursued over the summer may allow students to become a part-time student in their final semester of law school whereby students pay tuition on a per credit basis. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office and Dean Lorraine Cove to see if the potential financial benefits (i.e., reduced tuition costs) may be applicable to their circumstances and to learn further details.

How to Apply

Prior to applying for the fellowship, students are strongly encouraged to meet with Christine Bustany, Practitioner in Residence for International and Comparative Law, to discuss your areas of interest and internship options. 

Applications (2018) are available for download here.  The application deadline is Nov. 15, 2017.

 

Fellowship Program Components

  • Internship (3 Credits)

    Fellows commit to working as an intern full time for generally 8-12 weeks during the summer for the host organization for three academic credits. (All Fellowship internships are for academic credit (pass/fail)). In addition, during the internship, students are required to complete work journals and assignments designed for three purposes:

    (i) to help students process what they are learning and experiencing;

    (ii) to motivate students to examine first impressions more critically and thoughtfully; and

    (iii) to ascertain whether there are any questions that students might want to explore more fully after they return in the fall.

  • International Legal Practice: Public Interest (2 Credits)

    Fellows are required to enroll in a two-credit graded course in the 2017 spring semester, International Legal Practice: Public Interest. This course introduces students to both the law and practice of international and comparative law and prepares students for the various aspects of their summer fieldwork. In addition, during the spring semester, students participate in seminars on substantive international law issues that are relevant to their internships.

    This course is designed to bridge theory and practice in the area of international and comparative law. The goals of this course are threefold: first, to provide an overview of substantive law relating to international legal practice, specifically in the public interest field; second, to train students in practical skills necessary for international lawyering and advocacy; and, third, to present students with an opportunity to carry out a focused examination of a case study, which may be drawn from their prospective international internships and fieldwork. Throughout, students will critically engage with questions that are central to what it means to practice public interest international law today.

    To begin, this course will provide an overview of key substantive issues of international and comparative law and explore current controversies in the field. The focus of the course will be public-interest international lawyering in the field of human rights, transitional justice, development, and the environment. Moving to practice-related issues, students will work on individual projects associated with their proposed internship (or a hypothetical case study for those students not pursuing internships) and develop their fundamental lawyering and advocacy skills, including with regards to international research.

  • Post-Internship Culminating Project (2 Credits, Optional)

    Following their internship experience, fellows have the option to enroll in a two-credit (graded) seminar Advanced Topics in International and Comparative Law and Legal Practice. Each student will produce a culminating project, such as a Note, fact-finding report, public presentation, or legislative proposal related to their summer internship. As part of the seminar, students will be encouraged to incorporate a comparative framework into their project, fitting into one of the two tracks of:

    • Global to Local Track: Students engage an issue with global dimensions from different vantages—through a comparative frame that puts the global in conversation with the local in an applied manner. What are the global/local manifestations, dimensions and tensions of a particular issue or area of law; what is the interplay between the global and local?
    • Private to Public Track: Students examine what are the public dimensions of a particular issue or practice area of private international law. What overlap, conflicts and/or synergies exist between private and public international law and legal practice?

    This seminar may be used to satisfy the Law School’s legal writing requirement.