Research assistant- international health and drug law

Mark Barnes is seeking one or two research assistants for the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard (Harvard MRCT), of which he is faculty co-chair. Harvard MRCT is part of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Work would be legal and policy research in international public health and drug safety/clinical trials regulations, approximately 10-20 hours per week for the spring semester, with possible continuation through the summer 2015 on a more full-time basis.

Topics of research include clinical trial and drug approval process regulatory reforms in China and India, as well as solutions for public access to clinical trials data. Compensation is $15/hour, and work schedules are flexible.

Participation as co-author in journal publications may be possible, dependent on an appropriate level of involvement. Interviews to be conducted in January. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Private Law


Professors Henry Smith and John Goldberg are seeking candidates for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Private Law in conjunction with the Project of the Foundations of Private Law.  More information about qualifications and applying for

 the fellowship are at:


The deadline for submitting applications is February 2, 2015.



Salzburg Cutler Fellowship – Application Information & Deadline (Jan. 7, 2015)

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program brings together 50 of the nation’s top law students with leading academics, judges, and practitioners in the fields of private and public international law. HLS will nominate up to 5 students for the 2014-15 Salzburg Cutler Fellows class. Those chosen will participate in a two-day workshop in Washington DC on Feb. 20-21, 2015. At the workshop, students will have a chance to present a draft of their paper / paper concept and gain feedback from peers and academics. Students will also participate in sessions designed to enhance awareness about careers in international law. HLS will cover the costs of participation.

To apply to become a Salzburg Cutler Fellow, please submit the following information by noon on Wed., January 7: (1) cover letter explaining your interest; (2) unofficial transcript; (3) resume / CV; and (4) a copy of your draft paper or a 5-8 page executive summary of the paper that you wish to present. Papers should fall within an area of international or comparative law. Please email your materials to or drop off five copies at Griswold North 3rd floor. For questions, please contact Prof. Mark Wu ( or 2013-14 Fellow Dean Rosenberg ( Note that 1Ls are not eligible for the fellowship. Although preference is given to J.D. candidates, LL.M and S.J.D. candidates are welcome to apply.


RA for Credit

Research assistant sought for a study of mass incarceration and recent prison reform efforts including alternatives to incarceration. Work will be conducted for credit and will be overseen by HLS Lecturer and E.J. Safra Fellow, Avlana Eisenberg.

If interested, please send a C.V., HLS transcript, and brief statement of interest to Avlana Eisenberg (


Moot Court and Lobbying Opportunity: the National Animal Law Competition, at HLS

Moot Court and Lobbying Opportunity: the National Animal Law Competition, at HLS

Interested in moot court, or lobbying? Sign up for the National Animal Law Competition, right here at Harvard Law School! Returning to HLS this February after several years away, the National Animal Law Competition allows students from across the country to compete in (1) legislative drafting and lobbying, (2) closing arguments, OR (3) a full moot court. You compete either individually, or with a teammate.

Harvard Law Students compete for FREE, thanks to Harvard Law School’s Animal Advocacy Program, which will reimburse your sign up costs. Contact Professor Stilt ( for details.

Sing up now! (Sign ups close soon.)

Application Deadline for HLS-Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program: January 9, 2015

The deadline to apply to study at Cambridge in the 2015-2016 academic year is Friday, January 9, 2015.

The Harvard Law School and the University of Cambridge J.D./LL.M. Joint Degree Program provides an efficient avenue to earn two degrees by enabling Harvard J.D. candidates to earn a Cambridge LL.M. and a Harvard J.D. in a total of 3 1/2 years. Up to six Harvard 2Ls are selected annually to spend their 3L year reading for the LL.M. degree in Cambridge, England.

Further information about the program, eligibility, and application requirements can be found at: or by contacting International Legal Studies: 

RA on Foreign Fighters, Counterterrorism, and Humanitarian Engagement

The HLS Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) is seeking an HLS Research Assistant for PILAC Director and Lecturer on Law Naz Modirzadeh.

This paid position — which we aim to begin in early January — will involve, among other things, drafting summaries for a high-level working group of relevant developments concerning counterterrorism regulations and humanitarian action.

The position may also involve focused research on the issue of foreign fighters and international, domestic, and foreign law. Interested HLS students should send a cover e-mail, updated resume/c.v., and five- to ten-page writing sample to

Questions concerning this position may be addressed to Dustin Lewis ( More information about PILAC is available online at: 

Human Rights Program Summer Fellowships

Dear 1L’s and 2 L’s

This is a friendly reminder for those of you who are thinking of applying to The Human Rights Program Summer Fellowships, now is a good time to start the process.

Feel free to check out the HRP website for more information

Taking the First Step!

November – December:

All students interested in applying for HRP’s Summer Internship Program MUST meet with one of HRP’s Student Fellowship Advisors.

Please email one of the advisers below to set up a time to meet.

Lily Axelrod (

Brian Klosterboer (


Gabbie Follett

Join the Parody Band!

The 2015 Parody, produced by the Drama Society, is looking for musicians to form the Parody Band!

If you play a musical instrument, and you are able to rehearse during the month of February and perform the evenings of February 27-March 3, contact us at

Hope to hear from you! 

MBTA Spring 2015 Pass Program – Back on Sale!!!

In conjunction with the MBTA, Harvard Law School offers students the opportunity to sign-up for the MBTA Semester Pass Program at a discount of 25%. The program runs from February 1 – May 31, 2015. This program is only available to HLS students.

To sign up for the Spring 2015 pass, complete this form and turn it in along with payment (check or credit card) to the Dean of Students Office (located in Suite 3039 in WCC) by December 19, 2014. Paper copies of the form are available in the Dean of Students Office. Checks may be made out to Harvard University.

  • If you find yourself using the train or bus at least 6 times a week then this program is for you.
  • To learn more about Greater Boston’s Public Transportation System or purchase passes for a single month, visit the MBTA website.
  • Contact the Dean of Students Office (617-495-1880) with any questions.

Spring Break Pro Bono Trips Information Session

The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs offers students the opportunity to conduct pro bono work during spring break through organized group trips.

This year trips can run March 14-22, 2015. There is a limited amount of funding available for student travel. Students may need to contribute to airfare or other transportation costs depending on final numbers of student participants.

Please come to the Information Session on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12 noon in WCC 3007. Lunch will be provided. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, January 12, 2015. Decisions will be announced by Monday, January 19 and selected students must commit by making airfare reservations soon after.

For more information on the possible trips and for the application, see 

HLS Program on International Law and Armed Conflict

We are currently seeking two HLS Research Assistants to assist PILAC Fellow Prof. Michael Schmitt with international law research pertaining to organized armed groups and to the concept of war-sustaining military objectives. Research would begin in early January 2015.

Interested HLS students should submit a cover e-mail, an up-to-date resume/c.v., and a five- to ten-page writing sample to In your cover e-mail, please indicate your experience, if any, inside and outside of the classroom researching IHL/LOAC, international criminal law, and/or public international law more broadly.

More information about PILAC is available online at: 

RA position available on contracts/economics

The project is a paper on ‘Legal Evolution, Contract Evolution, and Standardization.’ The part we need RA work for concerns the joint evolution of contracts and contract law with imperfect enforcement. We model a framework of incomplete contracts that are enforced with some judicial discretion.

The evolution of precedents reduces judges’ leeway, but still allows for the introduction of new evidence. Thus, litigation and case law underpin a stochastic process of gradual improvement in contracts and their enforcement.

We’re looking for an RA with legal knowledge to help us find and develop concrete examples of: 1) judicial discretion in contract cases; 2) the evolution of contract law through precedents; 3) changes in contract terms inspired by case law. Our own contractual details are that we can pay € 20 per hour (currently $25 but we pay in euros) with 24.75% tax withholding from Spain.

Timing is flexible to accommodate the RA’s schedule, though the work has to be done in 2014 and I’m here only until December 21. The number of hours would be flexible, but I don’t think this should take very long. Please contact Prof. Giacomo Ponzetto (visiting at Harvard Econ) if interested at 

Health Care Policy Research Assistants Needed

Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) is seeking several research assistants to work on a time-sensitive and critical analysis of health care policy implementation in private insurance markets and the health insurance exchanges. These positions are paid and will last until the New Year, with an option to extend.

Work/study eligibility is not a requirement. Applicants should provide a brief statement of interest and background, if any, in health care, health law or health policy.

If interested please apply by email to Carmel Shachar at

Get Certified to Help Low-Income Taxpayers with Tax Returns!

Do you enjoy helping people and earning pro bono credit toward graduation?

If so, consider joining TaxHelp, an HLS student-run organization that provides tax advice and prepares returns for low-income individuals. We operate primarily from February to April and are open to all HLS students, 1Ls included. No prior tax knowledge is required. We provide all the training required for you to become an IRS certified tax preparer.

If you have any questions or would like to join the e-mail list, please e-mail us at