International & Comparative Law & Legal Practice Fellowship

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.

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.  Fellows receive a $5,000 award to support their summer externships.

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 2019 Application (when available) 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:

(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 externship. 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 $4,000 as an award 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

The application deadline is Feb. 19. Prior to applying for the fellowship, students are strongly encouraged to meet with Prof. Nicole Friederichs for International and Comparative Law, to discuss your areas of interest and externship options. Some opportunities listed in the Application are no longer available, as some placements had earlier deadlines