Special Student Opportunities
International Law Internships
With the support of its nearly $4 million special endowment, every year the Cox Center awards over $50,000 in internship grants to defray travel and living expenses for 25-30 summer internships, semester externships, and postgraduate fellowships with international organizations, foreign law firms, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations. In addition, through the Klatsky Fellowship in Human Rights program, two law students are awarded $4,000 summer fellowships to work with Human Rights Watch in New York City or Washington, D.C.
List of internships
International Tribunal Externship Program
Case Western Reserve University is one of the few law schools that allow students to obtain a full semesterís credit for interning at one of six international criminal tribunals during the second or third year of law school. To date, more of our students (89) have interned at these tribunals than students from any other law school, and six of our students have obtained jobs in the Office of the Prosecutor, Defense, and Chambers of the Tribunals after graduation.
"The summer after my first year, the Cox Center funded my internship with the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, D.C.; after my second year, it funded my internship at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala, Uganda; and after graduating from Case, the center funded my internship with the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. These internships provided me an invaluable learning and networking experience, and led to my dream job as Legal Advisor to the Judges of the Rwanda ribunal in Arusha, Tanzania."
Andres Perez (JD '04, with honors in the International Law Concentration), ICTR Legal Adviser
During the school year, students may study at virtually any foreign university in the world for a semester. In 2010, we launched a formal exchange program with three of Chinaís top law schools: Fudan University, Shanghai; East China University, Shanghai; and Southwest University, Chongquin. In February 2012, we added Peking University (PKU) Law School and Renmin University of China (RUC) Law School. The School of Law also has formal student and faculty exchange programs with our Canadian sister school, The University of Western Ontario, as well as the University of Ottawa (common law and civil law). Additionally, the Case Global program helps students identify other foreign schools and develop a curriculum and writing project.
Case Abroad at Home
Designed to enhance and expand our international law curriculum, the Case Abroad at Home program brings distinguished foreign scholars to the law school to teach intensive mini-courses in August, during the week before fall semester begins. Introduced in 2005, this innovative program enables the law school to offer a wide variety of comparative and international law topics to upper level law students. To date, the program has hosted 21 international visiting professors from France, Canada, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, Argentina, Ireland, and China, among others. Foreign faculty interested in teaching in this program should contact Associate Dean Michael Scharf (firstname.lastname@example.org).