Research Assistant

Climenko Fellow Benjamin Levin seeks one or two research assistants to work on a project involving the relationship between the War on Drugs and criminal regulation of gun possession. The project focuses on racial and civil libertarian critiques of the War on Drugs and the possible application of such critiques to criminal firearm regulation. At least a portion of the work will involve research into crime statistics, so statistical experience would be useful, but is not required.

Applicants should provide: (1) a brief statement of interest no longer than one paragraph; (2) a resume or CV; and (3) an unofficial HLS transcript. Contact: 

Upcoming deadlines for winter term international travel grants

Please note the upcoming application deadlines for winter term international travel grants:

Friday, November 7: JD and LLM students conducting Independent and Continuing Clinicals and JD students conducting Winter Term Writing Program projects

Friday, November 14: LLM students conducting Winter Term Writing Program projects

Grant applications should be submitted to International Legal Studies in Wasserstein 5005.

For more information, see: 

1Ls – Sign Up for a 30-Minute Mock Interview

Several 30-minute spots remain for this Wednesday’s 1L Mock Interview Program (11/5 in Milstein West). Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to practice and sharpen your interviewing skills with HLS alumni and other practicing attorneys in a short, low-pressure practice session. The first twenty minutes will be spent participating in the mock interview; during the last ten minutes the interviewer will provide feedback and pointers to enhance your interview skills.

To register, log into the CSM system here: Go to the “OCI” tab, then select “2014 Mock Interview Program” from the drop-down menu to book a time.

(Note: While public sector employer spots have mostly filled, several remain with private sector employers. Even if your search this summer is focused on the public sector, there is value in receiving general feedback on your interview style from any attorney.) 

Sign Up for the HLS Community Service Bulletin

The HLS Community Service Bulletin is a new weekly email featuring community service opportunities available for HLS students each week. We hope this will serve as a valuable resource this year and help you stay involved with the Cambridge and Greater Boston community.Sign up here to join our mailing list! Please contact Megan Marks at with questions.

Feature Your Event in the HLS Community Service Bulletin

If you are organizing an upcoming service opportunity and would like to have it featured in the HLS Community Service Bulletin, click here to submit your details. We are accepting submissions from all HLS students and would love to help you publicize your event! Please contact Megan Marks at with questions.

Independent Clinical Opportunity in Washington D.C. and Tanzania

The New Markets Lab ( is able to accept a number of independent clinical students in January 2015. Students will see firsthand the impact that the commercial, legal and regulatory environment can have on economic growth in Tanzania. Students will be exposed to the role that government, business and international institutions can play in encouraging agricultural development at the grassroots level.

The initial workshops will take place in Washington D.C. and will be followed by practical work in Tanzania. For more information about the project and application process please contact 

Harvard Art Museums Opening

Thursday, November 6, 8–10pm, Harvard Student OpeningHarvard undergraduate and graduate students are invited to be the first inside the new museums. Free tickets are available in person, on a first-come, first served basis, beginning October 30 at the Harvard Box Office, located in the Smith Campus Center at 1350 Massachusetts Ave. HUID required.

The Harvard Art Museums—home to one of the nations’ largest and most important collections of art—will open to the public after a six-year renovation and expansion project. Now united under one roof for the first time, the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum will serve as a powerful 21st-century laboratory for the arts.

The museums are hosting a suite of special events that will give the Harvard community, as well as our Cambridge neighbors, opportunities to preview the museums’ expanded galleries, the stunning architecture, and the innovative new platforms for teaching and learning.

Lead your section to green glory as a 1L Green Cup Captain!

Want to lead your section? Represent your section in this year’s 1L Green Cup competition! THE 1L GREEN CUP

Who: You! And your section classmates, following your cues
What: An annual competition in which sections compete through a series of 5 sustainability challenges to accrue the most points
When: November – March Why: You will win not only the magnificent 1L Green Cup trophy (an upcycled sports trophy turned lamp, currently held by last year’s winning section leader, Section 7’s Professor Rakoff) but also $500 towards a zero-waste event to celebrate a job well done, with minimal impact on the planet Will Section 7 hold onto its title? Or will a new champion emerge? Captains from Sections 1 & 5 and the LL.M.s (participating for the first time this year) are already on board.

Make sure your section isn’t left behind! Sign up by contacting 

Election Protection Volunteers Needed

Election Protection – led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – is seeking non-partisan legal volunteers (lawyers, law students and paralegals) this November to answer questions from voters who call the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline or who need on-the-ground support.

Election Protection helps ensure eligible voters are able to participate in our democracy while collecting data for meaningful reform so that our elections are free, fair, and accessible. Go to and click the option to sign up as a legal volunteer. After submitting your information, sign up for a training and a volunteer shift. Eligible for HLS pro bono credit. 

The Native Amicus Briefing Project Pro Bono Opportunity

The Native Amicus Briefing Project (NAB) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of federal Indian law and tribal law in the federal courts as well as in the legal community at large. Law students play an essential role in NAB’s Tracking and Briefing Programs.

The Tracking Program is run by dedicated law student groups under the direction of supervisory attorneys. These law student groups, or Tracking Teams, track cases in the lower federal courts that are pertinent to Indian Country. Each Tracking Team is assigned a region of the United States to monitor so as to allow more focused work and a better understanding of federal Indian law in that region. By participating in the Tracking Program, law students develop familiarity with the litigation process while assisting NAB with identifying cases for briefing. Law students who are interested and have demonstrated a commitment to NAB are afforded the opportunity to support the Briefing Program in the preparation of briefs. Assignments will range from drafting memoranda on research questions to drafting portions of a brief.

The Native Amicus Briefing Project runs throughout the year. Involvement in the project is offered at Harvard Law School in the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. Students involved in the Tracking Program should expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours per semester researching and writing. Students who show an interest and whom NAB selects to take part in the Briefing Program should expect to work additional hours per semester.

Students interested in the program should email our listserv with a brief statement of interest at Eligible for HLS pro bono credit. HLS Supervision will be provided by Climenko Fellow Maggie McKinley. For more more information see:

International Finance Research Assistant Needed – Latin America

Professor Hal Scott and the Program on International Financial Systems seek a research assistant to help prepare for upcoming U.S.-Latin America Symposium which will be held on November 12-14 in Cambridge.

Research Assistants will help Professor Scott and his team prepare for the symposium, with specific focus on capital markets and regulatory issues. LLMs and other HLS students with interest and/or experience in Latin American capital markets are encouraged to apply. Experience in financial services or capital markets preferred.

Interested students should send a short statement of interest and CV to: James Apostol, Deputy Director Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School at

Public Speaking Class: The Arts of Communication Class at Fletcher

If you are interested in public speaking, the Fletcher school is offering a compelling “Arts of Communication” module (half semester) course. The course meets beginning this week until December 9, Tuesday and Thursdays at 12:30 – 1:45. Many previous HLS students have taken the course and enjoyed it tremendously.

If you are interested, please immediately email Professor Mihir Mankad, Description of the course is below. The Arts of Communication: Today’s leaders must have the ability not only to analyze thoughtfully but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This full semester course is intended to turn you into a significantly more persuasive and effective public speaker―someone who speaks with the ease, confidence, clarity, and modes of persuasion that are critical in today’s corporate, nonprofit, policy, and diplomacy worlds. We will cover a range of speaking scenarios, from podium speeches on values to simulations of a press conference or media interview on camera.

The course is intended to help you develop your own personal style by deepening your understanding of the persuasive tools, recommendations, refutations, modes of analysis, and variations in audiences that motivate listeners to turn business, policy and diplomacy ideas into action. 

LAST CALL for Student Writing Submissions

The Harvard Journal on Legislation is issuing a last call for student submissions for Volume 52.2. JOL will consider articles at any stage in the writing process on any policy or legislation-related issue. Past topics have included drug policy, social security, climate policy, congressional reform, etc. If your final paper from that J-term or spring semester seminar is still floating around in your computer, now’s a great opportunity to turn it into a published work! Please email our Student Writing Editor, Marissa Benavides, at with submissions and/or questions.


International Bar Association’s Interview Series in Human Rights

Do you have an interest in media, human rights issues, and international organizations? We might have the perfect opportunity for you! The International Bar Association’s (IBA) Human Rights Committee is looking for an assistant to help prepare an interview series with prominent human rights lawyers and advocates, to highlight the challenges of protecting human rights in the 21st Century. Among the topics we will cover: Human Rights and Education, Human Rights in the Digital Age, Human Rights and Business, Human Rights Monitoring and Civilian Protection in Peacekeeping Operations, Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention, How to Effectively Advocate Human Rights in Worlds Politics and Diplomacy, Human Rights in Transitional Justice Contexts, Human Rights and Legislation Drafting in Post-Conflict Situations, Human Rights and International Crimes Prosecutions, and Human Rights and Security. 

The interview series comprises of 10 single interviews of 30 minutes each, to be uploaded on the IBA website on our human rights page. Each interview is a one to one conversation between IBA Human Rights Officer Federica D’Alessandra (who is also a Harvard Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow in Transitional Justice) and the interviewee. Ben Ferencz, Dean Minow, Ruti Teitel, Michael Scharf, Simon Adams, and Alberto Mora are but a few of the people we plan to interview. The project is to take place between November 2014 and March 2015. The first interview will be shot on November 6, with former Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz. The assistant will help us put together the interview questionnaire for each of the topics above. Research tasks include background research on the interviewee and their work on the subject of the interview, as well as the drafting of potential questions to discuss during the interviews. This will require the RA to look through outstanding legal and policy issues related to each topic, as well as writing a short summary of the history (specifically its history within relevant human rights provisions), development, and open questions that the topic has left. The research represents a great opportunity to get in touch with the International Bar Association, learn how to develop legal interviews questionnaires, meet the interviewees (for the interviews shot on campus), and learn about relevant human rights issues from prominent professionals engaged in the front-lines of their practice.

 If you are interested, please contact ASAP: Federica D’Alessandra, LLM:



Professor Stephenson Seeks Research Assistants

Professor Stephenson is seeking several research assistants to help with a project on comparative standing doctrine, in the specific context of suits brought by civil society groups and/or victims against allegedly corrupt government officials in different countries. The project would run through the end of the Fall semester, with hours per week to be arranged. If you are interested, please email a statement of interest, CV, and transcript (unofficial is fine) to Professor Stephenson at