Independent Clinical Opportunity

Are you interested in counterterrorism policy and prosecution and related national security matters? This is to inform you of an opportunity for HLS students to perform research and analytical work with the Counterterrorism Section (CTS) and the Office of Law and Policy (OL&P), of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice as an independent clinical project, with Professors Heymann and Rosenberg acting as faculty sponsors. The program has been offered for the past ten years, and the terms for continuing it next year will be concluded in an updated Memorandum of Understanding between the faculty sponsors and with the principals at the DOJ. As in the past, next year’s program will require students to perform clinical work during the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition, in the unlikely event an emergency project arises, students may be called upon to work during the Winter term (but only if such work does not conflict with the students’ normal Winter Term course obligations). Admission into the program is selective; to maximize the education value of challenging work and close supervision, enrollment will be limited to no more than five students. Selection will be based on a student’s academic performance, relevant experience, professional recommendations, and interest in the subject matter. All admitted students must also satisfy the security clearance requirements for the Department of Justice Volunteer Internship Program, sign a confidentiality agreement, and attend a mandatory orientation session in Cambridge at the beginning of the Fall semester. Clinical credits are awarded through the independent clinical work program. Grading is Credit/Fail. Two clinical credits may be awarded (1 Fall credit + 1 Spring credit) and will be recorded on students’ transcripts at the end of the Spring semester. Due to the highly confidential nature of this program, students have the following independent clinical requirements waived: final paper and weekly emails. Standard clinical conditions preclude enrollees in the program from taking any other clinical course during the period of enrollment. You may obtain further information about the HLS-CTS Independent Clinical offering by reading the finalized Memorandum of Understanding outlining the terms for next year’s program. To apply, simply submit your most recent grade sheet and resume to Kim Peterson ( kpeterso at, Assistant to David Rosenberg, on or before 4 p.m. on July 12, 2013. This clinical program offers an extraordinary opportunity for both public service (including satisfying the pro bono requirement) and professional training.

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