The ICLLP fellowship program is for students interested in international public interest practice and advocacy in the fields of human rights, environmental justice, international criminal law, among other areas. The program combines coursework in the spring semester along with an international internship in the summer, with an option to pursue a follow up project when the student returns from the fieldwork portion. Fellows receive a significant scholarship as part of the program.

This past summer ICLLP fellows worked at the United Nations in New York, the European Court of Human Rights in France, as well as other human rights organizations in South Africa, Mexico, Jamaica, and Sweden, among other countries.  Fellowship placement details are provided in the application.

Download the 2015-2016 ICLLP Fellowship Application here.  Application deadline is Jan. 7, 2016 (previous deadline was overridden). If interested, please contact as soon as possible, as a few of the internship opportunities have a December deadline.


About the Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program offers second-year JD day students (and second- and third-year evening JD students) the opportunity to:
(i) complete a specialized training course in Legal Practice in International and Comparative Law in the Spring semester,
(ii) undertake a summer internship working for an organization engaged in public international law, and
(iii) complete a culminating project growing out of that work experience (optional).

All program internships and associated courses are for academic credit. Students are encouraged to reach out to previous participants in the program to hear about their experiences.

Fellowship Financial Support

We are happy to announce that the award has increased: accepted students receive a $4,500 scholarship award. Students placed at the UN internship in NY receive the $3,500 SPILG International award but are not eligible for Santander funding (because the internship is located in the US). Students also may apply for Financial Aid to support summer activities.

Fellowship Placements

Students intern at a diverse range of placement sites for which they have applied and been selected. There are two categories of internship placements associated with this fellowship:

(1) International public-interest oriented internships 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 2015-2016 Fellowship Application for specific listing of internship organizations); and

(2) Internships which students have secured independently and which have been approved as meeting the program requirements.

How to Apply

Only second year JD day students and second and third year night students are eligible to apply to the ICLLP fellowship program.

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

Fellowship applications are due Jan. 7, 2016 (application deadline was extended). Interested students should contact as soon as possible as some of the opportunities have a deadline in December. The Fellowship Application includes a description of the fellowship program, potential internship placements, and application requirements and procedures. Students must review the application carefully.


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.

  • Legal Practice in International and Comparative Law (2 Credits)

    Fellows are required to enroll in a two-credit graded course in the 2016 spring semester, Legal Practice in International and Comparative Law. 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.