Cravath International Fellowships for Winter Term independent clinical or research writing projects

Are you planning to conduct an independent clinical or research/writing project, with an international focus, during Winter Term 2021? If so, we encourage you to apply for a Cravath International Fellowship, which offers a special opportunity to share your work at a virtual event with HLS alumni who are partners at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, as well as other recognition.

In keeping with Harvard University’s current travel restrictions, you may conduct your project remotely, in the US, or wherever you are already residing, but the Winter Term activity must have a substantive international, foreign, or comparative element.

The Fellowship is open to 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M. students. Please carefully review the information on our Cravath International Fellowship web page before beginning your Winter Term activity.

A few important notes:

  • Students applying for the Cravath International Fellowship should ensure that all Winter Term-related activities are in accordance with Harvard University’s travel restrictions.
  • Applications are due to International Legal Studies by Monday, February 15, 2021. Since Fellowships will be awarded based on the work actually undertaken rather than on proposals submitted in advance, you should not submit your application until after you have completed your three-week Winter Term project.
  • Students selected as Fellows who seek reimbursement for qualifying expenses must provide receipts.

We hope you will explore this unique opportunity. Please reach out to International Legal Studies at with any questions.

Reflections from 2020 Chayes Fellows

Panelists at the November 2020 presentation

Clockwise, from top left: Sarah Deibler, Kim Everett,
Maria Smith, and Gina Starfield

In November, Chayes International Public Service Fellows Kimberly Everett ’22, Maria Smith ’22 and Gina Starfield ’22 spoke about their summer work at a panel discussion, “International Public Service against the Background of a Global Pandemic.”  Sarah Deibler, an S.J.D. candidate and 2017 Chayes Fellow, served as moderator.

View the presentation here. 

Explore the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship

“I was struck by the diversity of my work assignments, which were as varied as the stories of refugees themselves. The asylum applicants whose cases I worked on came from Iran, Pakistan and Palestine, and are fleeing distinct forms of hardship: gender-based violence, political intimidation, and terrorist recruitment. Each case allowed me a window into a new part of the world, a new problem, and a very difficult story.”

­– Noopur Sen ‘22, joint degree student,
HLS and Harvard Kennedy School

Noopur spent her 1L summer as a Chayes International Public Service Fellow, working with the Asylum Protection Centre, an NGO based in Serbia. This year, she was one of 24 Chayes Fellows who worked with organizations based in 12 countries, on issues ranging from biosurveillance and other aspects of AI, to sustainable international trade after the pandemic to protecting the rights of asylum seekers, whistleblowers, and indigenous peoples in countries around the world.

Want to learn more? Join us on Tuesday, November 17 at 12 p.m. for International Public Service against the Backdrop of a Global Pandemic, a discussion with 2020 Chayes Fellows Maria Smith ’22 (Digital Freedom Fund), Gina Starfield ’22 (Al Otro Lado), and Kimberly Everett ’22 (Clooney Foundation for Justice: TrialWatch), moderated by Sarah Deibler, S.J.D candidate (and 2017 Chayes Fellow). Please register with your Harvard email address to access the Zoom link.

Whether you have a firm idea of the career you plan to pursue, or you’re just beginning to explore new possibilities, the Chayes Fellowship can allow you to spend next summer working with a governmental or non-governmental organization concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. It’s an excellent opportunity for 1Ls interested in international public service.

Chayes Fellows conduct substantive legal work- which can include research, drafting reports and memos, providing direct services to clients, and collaborating closely with supervising attorneys in their placement organizations. They also receive advice and support from the Chayes Program staff, HLS reference librarians, and others, prior to and during their summer placements.

How does it work? Visit the Chayes Fellowship web pages for more information about seeking a placement and applying for the Fellowship, as well as evaluations from past Chayes Fellows and more.


Semester Abroad Week!

Join us for information sessions with representatives from several of our exchange partner law schools. These sessions are open to members of the HLS community. Please register with your Harvard email for access to the Zoom links.

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
With Concepta Canale, Exchange Programme Manager, and Professor Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies and Professor, International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Thursday, November 12 at 8 a.m. | Online; register here
Renmin Law School, Beijing, China
With Professor GUO Rui and CHEN “Amy” Lei, Head, International Office
Sunday, November 15 at 8:30 p.m. | Online; register here

Seoul National University School of Law, Seoul, South Korea
With Professor Dongjin Lee, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Wednesday, November 18 at 8:00 a.m. | Online; register here

Fundação Getulio Vargas School of Law, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With Professor Thiago Bottino do Amaral, FGV DIreito Rio
Thursday, November 19 at 8:00 a.m. | Online; register here