Suffolk Law School offers several dynamic and complementary programs for students seeking international legal practice experience. Select the yellow box below for more information about the programs.
ICLLP Fellowship Program
International and Comparative Law & Legal Practice Fellowship Program
Last year Suffolk Law launched an exciting new fellowship program geared for students pursuing public-interest-oriented international internships. While Suffolk students have long pursued internships in the public international law field, the International and Comparative Law and Legal Practice (ICLLP) Fellowship provides students with a specialized training to prepare for and supplement their fieldwork experience. This past summer ICLLP fellows worked at the UN in New York, in South Africa, Malaysia, India, and Sweden, among other countries.
About the ICLLP 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 January Intersession and Spring 2015 semester,
(ii) undertake a summer internship working for an organization engaged in public or private international law, and
(iii) complete a culminating project growing out of that work experience.
The third component is optional. All Program internships and associated courses are for academic credit. Note: The Legal Practice in International and Comparative Law classes will be held during the Intersession period (Jan. 12th to Jan. 16th), and during the Spring semester period from Jan. 21 to Feb. 18.
Accepted students receive a $500 fellowship base award and additional Santander Scholarship funding. (Note: students placed at the UN internship in NY receive the $500 award but are not eligible for Santander funding; they are encouraged to apply for SPILG International funding.)
The Fellowship Application deadline is November 14, 2014. The Application is available below.
ICLLP 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 2014-2015 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.
To learn more about the placement organizations, it is recommended that you meet with C. Bustany (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss the various options. Students should also do independent research, and are also encouraged to reach out to former fellows to learn more about their experiences in the particular organizations. The 2014 Fellows contact information as well as their placements are included below.
- Steven – Centre for Law & Policy Research, Bangalore, India (email@example.com)
- Elise – Natural Justice, Sabah, Malaysia (firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Janet - Natural Justice, Sabah, Malaysia (email@example.com )
- Camila – Legal Resources Centre, Cape Town, South Africa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Priscilla - Legal Resources Centre, Grahamstown, South Africa (email@example.com)
- Aoife, UN Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, New York City, US (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Alvaro, United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, New York City, US (email@example.com)
- Colette - Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jonathan – Office of the Children’s Advocate of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica; Jamaica Environment Trust, Kingston, Jamaica (email@example.com)
- Nashrah – International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague (firstname.lastname@example.org)
"Category One" Internship Placement Organizations include those listed below. A description of the organization's mandate is available in the Fellowship Application.
- Centre for Law and Policy Research, India
- Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Ireland
- ADALAH, Israel
- Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Israel
- The Office of the Children’s Advocates, Jamaica
- Jamaica Environment Trust, Jamaica
- Natural Justice, Lawyers for Communities and the Environment, Malaysia
- Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Inc. (CDM), Mexico
- Legal Resources Centre, South Africa
- Natural Justice, Lawyers for Communities and the Environment, South Africa
- The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), Sweden
- United Nations Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary General on Violence against Children, United States
ICLLP Fellowship Program Components
(1) Pre-Internship Training (Required): Fellows are required to enroll in a two-credit graded course in the 2015 intersession period and 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. Note: The classes for this course will be held during the Intersession Period (Jan. 12 to Jan. 16) and the Spring Semester (from Jan. 21 to Feb. 18); attendance is required for ICLLP fellows.
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.
(2) Internship (Required): Fellows commit to working as an intern full time for generally eight to twelve 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.
(3) Post-Internship Culminating Project (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, where 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, or Private to Public.
- 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.
ICLLP Fellowship Application
Only second year JD day students and second and third year night students are eligible to apply to the ICLLP fellowship program.
Fellowship Applications are due by Nov. 14, 2014. The 2014-2015 Application is downloadable here Application (pdf). The Fellowship Application includes a description of the fellowship program, potential internship placements, and application requirements and procedures. Students must review the application carefully.
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.
ICLLP Fellowship Financial Support
Accepted students receive a $500 award and additional Santander Scholarship funding of potentially up to $3,500.
Students may also apply for Financial Aid to support their summer activities beginning January 1, 2015.
International Legal Practice Semester-in-practice Program
Suffolk University Law School is very pleased to announce the launch of its International Legal Practice Semester-In-Practice Program: an innovative program providing select students in their final year of law school with hands-on international practice experience working full time for a semester for a public interest organization while earning academic credit. Complementing the fieldwork component, students engage in academic coursework relevant to their internship throughout the semester. The program is designed to enhance students learning in international and comparative law, practice, and procedure; policy and practice; advocacy; professionalism; and reflective practice. Practitioner in Residence Christine Bustany directs and teaches the associated courses for the program.
A. PROGRAM INTERNSHIPS:
For the Fall 2015 semester, one student will be selected to intern full time at the United Nations Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary General on Violence against Children in New York City.1 This will be the only placement in the fall semester. In subsequent semesters, starting Spring 2016, selected students will have the option to intern in other international non-profit organizations as well as in government and non-governmental offices, approved by the Law School.
i. The Fall 2015 International Legal Practice Placement at the United Nations For Fall 2015, one Suffolk student will have the opportunity to intern for the semester in The United Nations Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary General on Violence against Children in New York City. The UN Special Representative for the Secretary General (SRSG) is a global independent advocate in favor of the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. The SRSG and her office act as a bridge builder and a catalyst of actions in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur. The SRSG mobilizes action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and generate renewed concern at the harmful effects of violence on children; to promote behavioral and social change, and to achieve effective progress. The mandate of the SRSG is anchored in human rights standards, promoting the universal ratification and effective implementation of core international conventions. The SRSG cooperates closely with human rights bodies and mechanisms, with UN funds and programs and specialized agencies, and with regional organizations. The SRSG also promotes cooperation with national institutions and civil society organizations, including children and young people. The SRSG reports annually to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. In addition to her regular reports, the SRSG can issue thematic reports on key areas of concern. Further information can be found at: http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/.
ii. The Spring 2016 International Legal Practice Placements For the Spring 2016 semester, students may pursue an internship with other international non-profit organizations and in government and non-governmental offices. These placements may include, for example, international courts and tribunals, such as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the European Court of Human Rights; and the UN, Embassy, and non-governmental organization offices that engage in legal advocacy (e.g., the human rights NGO Legal Resources Centre in South Africa). To qualify under the program, internships must consist of legal work under the direct supervision of an attorney at the host organization, and the placement organization must be pre-approved by the Law School. Please review Part I of the Addendum for a list of potential organizations for which students may wish to apply to intern (and with which Suffolk has a relationship). Once students have been accepted into the Semester-In-Practice Program, students then apply to the organization of interest. A helpful resource for researching international internship organizations, in particular, in the area of international human rights may be found here: http://leitnercenter.org/internshipguide/. Students are encouraged to meet with C. Bustany to discuss potential internship opportunities.
B. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
• Eligible students (i) must be in or entering their final year of law school, (ii) must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, and (iii) must complete a competitive application process.
• Students are required to take certain prerequisites courses prior to the start of their internship. These courses are based on the internship organization (see Addendum for prerequisite and recommended courses listings).
The Fall 2015 international internship at the UN Office of the SRSG requires that students take beforehand (i) Public International Law, and (ii) Legal Practice in International and Comparative Law (or an alternative course relevant to the internship practice and approved by C. Bustany). Note: The Legal Practice course is offered this year starting January 12, 2015 during the winter intersession period with classes continuing until Feb. 18. Students are also encouraged to take the following courses: Professional Responsibility, Human Rights Law, and International Children’s Rights.
• Participating students may not exceed the total number of fieldwork credit hours, i.e., 12 credits, allotted per the law school’s policy concerning clinical and other nonclassroom activities (see Academic Standards, Section G). Students need to confirm with the Registrar’s Office that they have enough ungraded credits available to participate in the program, taking into consideration past semesters in addition to academic plans for remaining semesters at Suffolk Law. During the Semester-In-Practice:
• Students will intern full time in a 10-credit ungraded field placement (the equivalent of 35 hours per week at the placement), with oversight from a faculty supervisor, during one semester of their final year at the law school.
• Students will be concurrently enrolled in a 2-credit graded internship seminar taught by C. Bustany.
• Among other things, enrolled students will be required to submit weekly time logs and journals, speak with his/her faculty advisor for one hour at least every other week, and complete mid-semester and end-of-semester evaluations of the placement.
• Participating students may not be employed or volunteer at any other job (including pro bono service) for more than 20 hours per week while participating in the Semester in Practice Program, nor may students be engaged in employment, which may conflict with the internship.
• In accordance with American Bar Association standard 305 for field placements, students may not receive monetary compensation for work at their for-credit internship. However, interns may be reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket expenses related to the internship (in the rare cases where students may be offered a modest stipend).
C. APPLICATION PROCESS AND SELECTION
• The Application for the Fall 2015 program at the UN were due by Jan. 6, 2015.
• The Applications for the Spring 2016 program were due by Feb. 2, 2015.
Applications are evaluated based on the qualifications of the student to complete the internship program, the quality of the opportunity, how well the opportunity supports the student’s career and academic plans; the student's demonstrated interest in international and comparative law, the student's overall academic and professional record, and any other factors deemed relevant. Students will be notified of the decision made on their applications as soon as practicable. Once a student is selected for the International Legal Practice Semester in Practice Program, he/she will work with Practitioner in Residence Bustany to apply to the student’s placement organization of interest, and Bustany will assist with the process of securing the internship. Note that participation in the program is contingent upon the approval of the Student by the relevant internship placement organization. In the instances where SULS has a relationship with the organization (such as in the case of the Fall placement at the UN office), the program will liaise with the placement organization. In other cases, students apply directly to the organization.
Summer Global Internship
International Private Legal Practice
Each year, Suffolk Law School in cooperation with the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), Salzburg, Austria, offers students internship placements at private law firms in more than 90 countries as part of its Summer Global Internship Program (SGI). Indeed, a dozen Suffolk students interned this past summer at local and international firms—from Argentina to Belgium to Hong Kong—often tackling the most cutting edge legal issues that lawyers are facing in transnational settings. For example, one student interning in Latin America carried out a comparative law review of various countries’ internet privacy laws and presented his findings to the client corporation—all the while gaining rich cross-cultural experiences through his daily work.
Note: For more information about the Summer Global Internship please review carefully the below items. Applications for this summer are still being accepted until March 20th. Students are advised to submit their completed applications as soon as possible in order to secure a timely placement.
Students applying to studying abroad in Lund, Sweden, may also combine it with an SGI internship placement.
Students intern full time in a private law firm for generally 5-9 weeks. Internship placements are located in over 90 countries. Certain country placements require language ability and some are more competitive than others.
For further information and feedback concerning the internship placements, students are encouraged to submit a Preliminary Inquiry (see below), prior to applying. Also, students may make an appointment to meet with Practitioner in Residence, Mary Sawicki (email@example.com). Additionally, students may reach out to SULS students who participated in the internship program in previous years (see listings).
EligibilityThis program is open to first-year JD, second-year JD, and LLM student applicants. Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.67 to participate in the program. Students not meeting the GPA requirement may submit a petition to the Clinical Director, Professor Ragini Shah.
Academic Components and Requirements
Internships may be taken for academic credit, or not for credit. Students taking the internship for credit do so for three credits, in addition to the two credits associated with the required course International Legal Practice.
Requirement for all SGI students (whether pursuing the internship for credit or not for credit): Prior to starting their internship, students gather in May, (May 14th & May 15th) for a two-day mini course: Introduction to Global Internships. This intensive seminar helps prepare students (who have not done any associated coursework) for their international internship.
Additional Requirements for SGI students completing the internship for academic credit:
(i) During the internship (Summer): International Internship Contemporaneous Academic Components. Students work as an intern full time during the summer for the host organization for three credits (pass/fail). All students engaged in the internship for academic credit must complete a work log and journal throughout their placement stay, and a 5-10 page reflective paper about their experience.
(ii) Post-internship: Course in International Legal Practice (2 credits with letter grade). The credits for the internship count towards the JD degree only upon completion of this course. This course is only offered in the fall and must be taken following the internship.
Application and Deadlines
Application for Summer Global Internship (SGI) deadlines and timeline:
- Applications for early decision are to be submitted by November 14, 2014. (Early decision applicants are expected to be placed by January 30, 2015).
- Applications for regular decision are to be submitted by February 4, 2015. (Regular Decision applicants who submit their application by Feb. 4 are expected to be placed by April 17, 2015). Note: BECAUSE OF THE CLOSURES, THE APPLICATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED UNTIL MARCH 20th. Students should submit their applications as soon as possible so as to secure a timely placement.
- Students will be notified within 10 days of receiving the completed application (including application fee) if she/he has been admitted into the program.
- Admitted applicants will be notified by CILS and Suffolk Law School of an offer of placement within two months of the date of the receipt of the completed application package.
Students who have a specific practice area focus or desired region for an internship may submit a Preliminary Inquiry via e-mail to learn what internship placements may be available, prior to completing the application (and submitting the application fee). There is no fee associated with this preliminary inquiry. To complete the preliminary inquiry, students should send their resume, as well as provide the following information: (i.) Student's Name (ii.) Law School/Graduation Year (iii) Current GPA (iv.) Nationality/Permanent Residence, (v.) Three placement locations (jurisdictions/countries/regions either by geography or by language), (vi.) Students' foreign languages skills (relevant to the above locations), and (vii.) Time-frame for internship. Christian Campbell of Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) who is responsible for internship placements will provide feedback to the preliminary inquiry generally within three days.
Once a student has decided to apply for an internship, the student must fully complete the application (see below for requirements). An application fee of $250 is due upon submission. Application fee payments are made by check and made payable to “Suffolk University Law School.” Please note in the memo portion of the check (i) the applicant's name and (ii) “SGI application fee.” Submit checks to Joan Luke, Program Manager, Clinical Programs Suite on the first floor.
SGI Application questions may be directed to Practitioner in Residence Mary Sawicki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SGI Application Package Requirements
Each application package must contain the following materials:
- Payment of Application fee of $250 (see below for payment details and instructions).
- Completed SGI application form (.doc).
- Curriculum vitae (résumé). Students are advised to take advantage of SULS's Professional & Career Development Office to have their resumes review/critiqued prior to applying.
- Statement of interest (motivation letter), in English and in any language in which the applicant claims proficiency (describe why you are seeking an internship and what you will bring to such an internship)
- Law School Transcript (unofficial transcript suffices)
- Letter of recommendation from a law professor or law-related work (e.g., paralegal, domestic internship) (letter may be addressed to Practitioner in Residence Mary Sawicki)
- Legal writing sample
- As PDF documents (each document titled appropriately--student name and name of document (example: "John Smith CV"))
- In a single zip file
Incomplete applications will not be accepted—all required materials must be submitted simultaneously in a zip file as outlined above.
Apart from the above listed items, the second page of the SGI Application Form must be signed and submitted to Joan Luke, Program Manager, Clinical Programs, and can be submitted at the time of payment of the $250 application fee.
SGI Program Fees:
- There is a US $250 non-refundable Application Fee, which is due upon submission of the Application. This fee is payable by check and made payable to Suffolk University Law School. Please note in the memo portion of the check (i) the applicant's name and (ii) “SGI application fee.” Submit checks to Joan Luke, Program Manager, Clinical Programs Suite on the first floor. Note: If CILS fails to place an applicant in one of the three jurisdictions for which the student applied, the application fee will be refunded, but not if a student withdraws for any other reason.
- There is a US $400 Placement Fee due upon Acceptance of the Offer of an Internship from the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), whether the Internship is for credit or not. The deposit is required 14 days following an offer and is Non-Refundable once the internship has been accepted. (Payments are made at the Suffolk University Student Accounts website. Click on “Admission and Housing Deposit Only,” under new student only section. Payment Type selected is “International LLM and Internship Fee.”)
- Students pursuing the internship for academic credit pay tuition in accordance with Suffolk Law School’s tuition rates. Tuition is due May 1, 2015 for ALL summer 2015 internships, regardless of your internship start date.
Financial Considerations and Support
Students must carefully calculate their finances before applying and also before accepting a placement. Participants are responsible for travel costs to and from the internship and all other incidental expenses connected with their travel and living abroad.
A student cannot simultaneously get academic credit and compensation for an internship and SGI internships are not salaried positions. Interns may, however, be reimbursed for incidental out of pocket expenses and occasionally hosts offer a small stipend.
Housing is the applicant's responsibility. However, Suffolk Law and CILS will assist by providing contacts or by relying on the placement law firm for assistance. Usually the hosts are very helpful. The Internet is an important research tool. The earlier an applicant commits to a placement, the easier it is to arrange accommodation. Students are also encouraged to speak with SULS students who participated in the program the previous years to assist with such questions.
U.S. citizens and permanent residents participating in an internship and enrolled at least half-time (receiving a minimum of 3 credits) may be eligible to receive Federal Loan funding. Visit the financial aid office for eligibility and application information. The Financial Aid application is available beginning January 1, 2015.
Students not receiving academic credit for the internship are not eligible to receive financial aid.
Students pursuing their SGI internship for academic credit may also apply for the Santander Scholarship to partially support their summer internship. The application deadline for Santander Scholarships: March 17, 2015.
Former SULS International Interns
Suffolk students have interned in law firms all over the globe through the SGI Program. So as to learn more about the program and potential opportunities, it is often helpful to speak to students who previously participated in the program. Below is the contact information for the Suffolk law students who participated in the SGI Program in summers 2014 and 2013.
- Joseph - Rome, Italy (email@example.com)
- Maria - Buenos Aires, Argentina (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Adedeji - Brussels, Belgium (email@example.com)
- Rebecca - Johannesburg, South Africa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Claudia - Paris, France (Ccruzemail@example.com)
- Monica - Valetta, Malta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jolethia - Lima, Peru (email@example.com)
- Xinzhu (Crystal) - Amsterdam, Netherlands & Hong Kong (Xzhao7@suffolk.edu)
- Bridget - Puebla, Mexico (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Alexander - Athens, Greece (email@example.com)
- Gamze - Vancouver, Canada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ashna - Bangalore, India (email@example.com)
- Melanie (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Belgium
- Janet (email@example.com) – Philippines
- Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org) Belgium
- David (email@example.com) – Colombia
- Jacquelyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Spain and Peru
- Colette (email@example.com) – Belgium
- Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) – Brazil
- Samuel (email@example.com) – New Zealand (graduated)
- Jeffri (firstname.lastname@example.org) - South Africa (graduated)
- Alvaro (email@example.com) – Argentina
Photos from Previous Internships
Photos taken by some of the previous students who participated in SULS and CILS international internship program.
Suffolk Law School JD international intern, Katherine Traylor in Valencia, Spain, stands by the table where Parliament convenes to discuss the enactment of new laws.
A view of the Louvre, sent to Suffolk Law by international intern Matthew Zimnick, who completed his internship at an IGO in Paris, France.
Suffolk Law School JD student Erica Gould (front left), sits here with her colleagues during her summer 2010 legal internship at a prestigious law firm in Bogotá, Colombia.
Suffolk Law has partnered with the National University of Ireland at Galway (NUIG) allowing four SULS students to intern next summer in various public interest organizations in Ireland. This program is open to first and second year JD day students and second and third year JD evening students. The Applications are still being accepted for a limited period of time (because of the snow).
For more info, visit the Boston-Galway Exchange webpage.