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Summer opportunities and study abroad

Each year, the Program for International Legal Studies offers numerous opportunities for students to study abroad. Information about how to apply for summer 2015 internships is posted below. Details about opportunities through International Public Interest Law Fellowships will be posted here in late 2014.

Internship at Tata Motors in Mumbai, India – Summer 2015

This internship funds all travel and living expenses for a position in the legal department of Tata Motors Ltd. in Mumbai, India.

Tata Motors is the largest auto manufacturer in India and a global Fortune 500 company with offices and facilities throughout India and the world. The intern works with the general counsel and members of the legal staff on issues such as corporate responsibility and codes of conduct, intellectual property rights, forum selection clauses and arbitration.

2013 Tata Motors intern describes his experiences

Applications are being accepted. To apply, email a current CV, transcript and cover letter to Professor Gregory Fox. In the cover letter, identify any experience you may have that is relevant to the internship, such as work in a business setting, work in the auto industry, study or travel abroad (to India in particular), and coursework on international law or related subjects.

Internship in International Arbitration Group at WilmerHale in London – Summer 2015

This paid internship is in the International Arbitration Practice Group in the London office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, one of the premier international law firms with offices around the world. The internship lasts for three months, either during the summer or the fall. The internship involves work across a wide range of responsibilities under the supervision of WilmerHale partners and full-time associates, principally in the field of international arbitration and related areas of transnational litigation.

This is one of the most prestigious placements in legal practice. It will open doors for any career path you may choose. All U.S. employers know WilmerHale as one of the nation's most selective and prestigious law firms.

The internship is open to second- and third-year students. Third-year students are particularly encouraged to apply, since they can begin the internship after completing the bar exam in July 2015.

One of the 2013 interns describes his experiences

Another of the 2013 interns describes his experiences

To apply, email a current CV, transcript and cover letter to Professor Gregory Fox. In the cover letter, identify any experience you may have that is relevant to the internship and coursework on international law or related subjects.

Internship at Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa in Mexico City – Summer 2015

This is a paid internship at Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa, one of Latin America's leading law firms, located in Mexico City. The intern may work on issues such as anti-trust, international commercial arbitration, foreign direct investment and regulatory controls. The firm has an international practice, and many of its partners have LL.M. degrees from leading American law schools.

At least some Spanish proficiency is required for this internship. The firm holds a dedicated spot in its internship program for a Wayne Law student. Other U.S interns typically come from top 10 law schools.

2013 intern describes his experiences

To apply, email a current CV, transcript and cover letter to Professor Gregory Fox. In the cover letter, identify any experience you may have that is relevant to the internship, coursework on international law or related subjects, and proficiency, if any, in Spanish.

International Public Interest Law Fellowships

International Public Interest Law Fellowships allow students to work for non-governmental organizations in countries around the world during the summer after their first or second year at Wayne Law. The organizations have agreed to partner with Wayne Law and host our students as summer interns. The partner organizations engage in advocacy on a broad range of issues, including environment, human rights, law reform and women’s rights. Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to cover travel and living expenses for up to two months of work.

2013 fellowship recipients describe their summer experiences:

Freeman Fellowship in The Hague, Netherlands

The Freeman Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend to one Wayne Law student to study public or private international law at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law over the summer.

The Hague Academy is the academic wing of the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court. Law students come from all over the world to hear leading international lawyers give classes on issues of cutting-edge importance.

2013 Freeman Fellow describes his experiences

Learn more about the Hague Academy

Study abroad

The Law School has exchange programs with several foreign universities that provide opportunities for students and faculty to study and work abroad. Other foreign opportunities are provided on an individual basis. Below are some examples of previous summer programs.

Maastricht, The Netherlands

The Law School has established an exchange program with the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands that is open to both faculty and students of the respective schools.

Warwick, England

A student exchange program with the University of Warwick in England has been in operation for more than two decades.

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