Research Assistants – International Law and Armed Conflict

The new Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) is seeking HLS research assistants for projects on “Medical Care in Armed Conflict: IHL and State Responses to Terrorism” and on “The Goals of War and War’s End.” HLS students interested in contributing to these projects this fall should submit the online form at < http://pilac.law.harvard.edu/students >. After submitting the form, please send a cover e-mail with a 5- to 10-page writing sample and your c.v. or résumé to Dustin Lewis (dlewis@law.harvard.edu), cc’ing pilac@law.harvard.edu.

Teaching Assistants – Spier- Analytical Methods

Professor Spier is looking for HLS students to serve as Teaching Assistants for Analytical Methods for Lawyers this Fall. Students with strong backgrounds in economics (microeconomics, game theory, decision analysis) and/or business methods (corporate finance, basic accounting) should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Susan Norton (snorton@law.harvard.edu). Please also contact Ms. Norton with any questions or for additional information.

Research Assistant

Research assistant sought for a newly-launched study of petitioning at the Founding—especially as the practice was used by the unenfranchised (e.g., women, Native Americans, and slaves)—and how petitioning shaped the early institutional development of Congress. Work will be conducted for credit and will be overseen by Climenko Fellow, Maggie McKinley, and Professor Dan Carpenter of the Department of Government. If interested, please send a C.V., HLS transcript, and brief statement of interest to Maggie McKinley mmckinley@law.harvard.edu

Semester Abroad applications for spring 2015 are due September 15

The Semester Abroad Program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. Applications for spring 2015 semester abroad are due September 15. Current applicants are encouraged to attend the Semester Abroad Application Question and Answer Session on Thursday, September 11 from 12-1pm in Wasserstein 5053. For more information please visit law.harvard.edu/ils.

Sex Equality course and Gender Crimes seminar

Given the intensive schedule of Sex Equality, all students considering taking the course are STRONGLY URGED to attend the first class September 8, 1:00-4:00, in Pound 101. Professor MacKinnon will be on leave in Fall, 2015. This message may be of special interest to students waitlisted for Professor MacKinnon’s seminar, Evolution of Gender Crimes, which is oversubscribed. 

Research Assistants needed

Two research assistants sought for assorted projects related to lobbying, petitioning, participatory democracy, and civic technologies. Time commitment will require approximately eight to ten hours per week for the fall and spring semesters. Commitment for the entire year preferred. Research duties will range from conducting legal research on lobbying law and the First Amendment, coding and cleaning large data sets, transcribing and coding original interview data, and conducting historical research on primary documents. One position will be funded through the Kennedy School and, although not mandatory, a joint J.D./Kennedy student is preferred for that position. If interested, please send a C.V., HLS transcript, and brief statement of interest to Maggie McKinley, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law, mmckinley@law.harvard.edu

CLINICAL OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN the FALL 2014 OR SPRING 2015 ADMINISTRATIVE LAW COURSES

If you are currently enrolled in Prof. Cass Sunstein’s fall 2014 Administrative Law or Prof. Stephenson’s spring 2015 Administrative Law, there is new opportunity to do clinical work with the Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA), located at 1 Congress Street, 11th Floor, Boston. Students interested in working with Magistrates at the Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) will assist with the resolution of appeals from a variety of state agencies starting with the arrival of the appeal at DALA until the final DALA decision is rendered. For each case assigned to a student, this can mean attending the pre-hearing conference, the hearing, consultation with the magistrate assigned to write the decision, research and drafting for the magistrate’s decision as well as the feedback and editing process with the magistrate. Students may have the option of selecting the subject matter of the appeal they handle as the magistrates at DALA hear and decide appeals from various state agencies including Retirement Boards, the Board of Registration in Medicine, the Department of Public Health, the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Veterans’ Services. Students are expected to be available for at least one full day a week at the DALA office in Boston. Students may earn clinical credits as follows: 2 clinical credits = ten hours of week of work; 3 clinical credits = 15 hours of work per week; and 4 clinical credits = 20 hours of work per week. Students will earn a separate clinical grade for their work. For questions concerning this opportunity for clinical work, please contact Liz Solar at esolar@law.harvard.edu. Please also include a copy of your resume. The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will handle clinical registration. 

Contracts/Section 7- First assignment and other information

The books for the course are Steven J. Burton, “Principles of Contract Law,” (Fourth Edition – 2012) and Steven J. Burton, “Contract Law: Selected Source Materials/Annotated” (2014 Edition). Hard copies of the syllabus will be available the first day of class on Tuesday, September 2nd. Please check the course ISite prior to class as well. For our first class on September 2, please prepare pages 1-8 in the first of these books. I would appreciate it if you did not bring laptops (or other electronic devices) to Contracts class this semester. 

Islamic Legal Studies Program Seeks Assistant for Work on New Project, SHARIAsource

ILSP is seeking an HLS student to help the program with a variety of work related to the development of its new project, SHARIAsource. SHARIAsource is an online research portal for Islamic and comparative law for scholars and generally interested readers worldwide. Think WestLaw and SCOTUSblog for Islamic law. The assistant would be responsible for some administrative tasks such as formatting and loading content to the portal and proof-reading documents as well as research and writing tasks such as drafting grant applications and researching intellectual property issues with respect to uploading certain Islamic law content. Knowledge of Arabic and Persian may be helpful but is not required. The position will be 3–5 hours per week to start, with the possibility that this may increase if both student and program capacity allows. To apply, please send a cover letter and C.V. to ilsp@law.harvard.edu

Non-Resident Tutor Opportunity at Lowell House

Lowell House, one of Harvard’s twelve undergraduate houses, seeks a law student to serve as a non-resident pre-law tutor on the House’s Pre-Law Committee. Pre-law tutors advise undergraduates during the law school application process, develop and lead law-related events for the House, and participate more broadly in House life as members of the Senior Common Room. The position offers a unique opportunity to experience Harvard’s House life as a law student. Non-resident tutors also receive a limited meal plan at Lowell’s dining hall. To apply, please email your resume and a brief statement of interest (200 words max) to LoHoLaw@fas.harvard.edu as soon as possible. Applications from incoming 1L students are encouraged. 

Alford Fall RG CHINA AND THE WORLD – email if interested

Students interested in taking the Fall 2014 Reading Group with Prof Alford “CHINA AND THE WORLD” (Thursdays 7-9 pm) please email alford@law and johnson@law before July 30 for permission to add the class. Please see below. Prerequisite: Admission to the course is by permission of the instructor, with the goal being to achieve a balance of students from different backgrounds. Please email your CV and a two paragraph statement of interest to Professor Alford alford@law.harvard.edu and copy his assistant, Emma Johnson,  http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105179&pageid=icb.page680615 China and the World This Reading Group will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux. Models of development, trade, and rights are among the areas likely to be addressed. We will consider, inter alia, Chinas engagement of existing global norms, ways in which China may (or may not) now or in the foreseeable future be shaping such norms, and their impact on China. The intention is to hold some of our likely 6 2-hour sessions of the Reading Group jointly with a comparable class at Renmin University of China, via electronic means – hence, our evening meeting times. The class will meet 6 times during the fall. 

John M. Olin Fellowships in Law and Economics/Terence M. Considine Fellowships in Law and Social Sciences (applications deadline extended to August 29)

Students wishing to apply for a John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics or a Terence M. Considine Fellowship in Law and Social Sciences for AY 2014-2015 may obtain information and application instructions on the Olin Center’s website at http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/olin_center/fellowships.php. Fellowships, which normally are for a one-year period, involve a stipend of $3,000. 2L and 3L JD students and SJD Harvard Law School students are eligible for the fellowships, as well as PhD students at Harvard University who have a strong and developed interest in economic analysis of law. Applications should be submitted to Irina Goldina, Program Administrator (igoldina@law.harvard.edu), by Friday, August 29, 2014. 

Locker Sign-up for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Please read the following before entering the sign-up form through the link at the bottom of this page:

Harvard Law School has a number of lockers lining the walls in the basement corridors that connect the main buildings on campus.  They are distributed on a first come, first served basis to law school students living offcampus.  Students who live in law school dormitories, with the exception of North Hall, are not eligible for lockers.

Lockers are assigned randomly with two exceptions:

  • If you require a locker in a specific location because of a documented disability, please contact Accessibility Services Associate, Stephanie Russo (617)-495-8773.
  • Students volunteering to share a locker will be able to choose their locker location.  The locker locations are Harkness, Hauser, Langdell, Pound and Austin (lockers are also available in the WCC though they cannot be shared).  We will make every effort to match you with a locker in the area you prefer.  If you are interested in sharing a locker, please indicate when completing the form and our office will contact you with further details.

Locker sign takes place entirely online at this link.  If you have any difficulties with the online sign-up process, please email the Dean of Students Office immediately so that we can add you to the list.

Lockers will be assigned before the start of the academic year (September 2, 2014). Please contact the Dean of Students Office with questions.

Fall 2014 Alford RG CHINA AND THE WORLD: please email in order to add the course

Students interested in taking the Fall 2014 Reading Group with Prof. Alford “CHINA AND THE WORLD” (Thursdays 7-9 pm) please email alford@law and johnson@law before July 30 for permission to add the class. Please see below.

Prerequisite: Admission to the course is by permission of the instructor, with the goal being to achieve a balance of students from different backgrounds. Please email your CV and a two paragraph statement of interest to Professor Alford alford@law.harvard.edu and copy his assistant, Emma Johnson, johnson@law.harvard.edu by July 30 at the latest and preferably sooner. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY EMAILED, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED SOON. http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k105179&pageid=icb.page680615

China and the World
This Reading Group will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux. Models of development, trade, and rights are among the areas likely to be addressed. We will consider, inter alia, Chinas engagement of existing global norms, ways in which China may (or may not) now or in the foreseeable future be shaping such norms, and their impact on China. The intention is to hold some of our likely 6 2-hour sessions of the Reading Group jointly with a comparable class at Renmin University of China, via electronic means – hence, our evening meeting times. The class will meet 6 times during the fall.

Sign up to be a “Big Sister” through the WLA’s mentoring program

We are looking for a diverse group of women to serve as Big Sisters next year. You can sign up for the program here: http://tinyurl.com/hlsbigsis2014 As a Big Sister, you will help make an incoming student’s transition to HLS a bit easier and possibly make a new friend in the process. You will be supported throughout the year by the WLA’s Incoming Students Committee. In addition to your own self-directed mentoring, we will check in with you at particularly stressful times in the school year and suggest that you send an encouraging email to your Little Sister. We aim to help you develop a mentoring relationship, without taxing your already full plate. Please email  HLS.WLA.Mentoring at gmail.com with any questions! Thank you!

Research Assistant for The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s Program on Transitional Justice

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy’s Program on Transitional Justice seeks an Intern Research Assistant for the summer 2014 (starting ASAP) to assist Carr Center Fellow Federica D’Alessandra with a research project focused on war crimes prosecutions, and the International Criminal Court’s proceedings. The research will be conducted  in connection to Federica D’Alessandra’s book: The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice: The Contribution of the International Criminal Court to the Truth About Mass Atrocities. Main responsibilities include research on ICC prosecutorial strategy, defense strategies in Lubanga, Katanga, Ngudjolo Chui, ICC procedures, ICC rules and regulations, submission of evidence, as well as procedural and substantive international criminal law.  Research can be conducted part time and remotely during the summer, with possibilities of extension through the fall and on campus.

The successful applicant must:

  • Have outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Have top-notch research skills, including the ability to identify, access and summarize literature, synthesize findings and evaluate sources as well as gather/analyze data
  • Be eager to learn about war crimes prosecutions, the International Criminal Court, and the situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Kenya – prior professional experience and/or language skills in these countries is particularly welcome
  • Have solid administrative skills, such as the ability to perform basic office duties such as organizing research documentation and filing
  • Be able to assist with literature reviews and edit academic reports
  • Be comfortable balancing multiple tasks
  • Be familiar with referencing styles (e.g. APA; Bluebook)

Application should include: Statement of interest (one page long); C.V.; independently authored writing sample or excerpt.

Please, submit your application to federica_dalessandra@hks.harvard.edu.

John M. Olin Fellowships in Law and Economics/Terence M. Considine Fellowships in Law and Social Sciences (deadline extended to August 29, 2014)

Students wishing to apply for a John M. Olin Fellowship in Law and Economics or a Terence M. Considine Fellowship in Law and Social Sciences for AY 2014-2015 may obtain information and application instructions on the Olin Center’s website at http://www.law.harvard.edu/programs/olin_center/fellowships.php. Fellowships, which normally are for a one-year period, involve a stipend of $3,000. 2L and 3L JD students and SJD Harvard Law School students are eligible for the fellowships, as well as PhD students at Harvard University who have a strong and developed interest in economic analysis of law. Applications should be submitted to Irina Goldina, Program Administrator (igoldina@law.harvard.edu), by Friday, August 29, 2014.