Are you interested in counterterrorism prosecution and related national security cases? This is to inform you of an opportunity for HLS students to perform research and analytical work with the Counterterrorism Section (CTS) of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice as an independent clinical project, with Professors Heymann and Rosenberg acting as faculty sponsors. The program has been offered for the past eight years, and the terms for continuing it next year are currently being worked out with CTS.
As in the past, next year’s program will require students to perform clinical work during the Fall and Spring semesters. In addition, in the unlikely event an emergency project arises, students may be called upon to work during the Winter term (but only if such work does not conflict with the students’ normal Winter Term course obligations). Admission into the program is selective; to maximize the education value of challenging work and close supervision, enrollment will be limited to no more than five students. Selection will be based on a student’s academic performance, relevant experience, professional recommendations, and interest in the subject matter. All admitted students must also satisfy the security clearance requirements for the Department of Justice Volunteer Internship Program, sign a confidentiality agreement, and attend a mandatory orientation session at the beginning of the Fall semester.
Clinical credits are awarded through the independent clinical work program. Grading is Credit/No Credit. Up to two clinical credits may be awarded and will be recorded on students’ transcripts at the end of the Spring semester. Due to the highly confidential nature of this program, students have the following independent clinical requirements waived: final paper and weekly emails. Standard clinical conditions preclude enrollees in the program from taking any other clinical course during the period of enrollment.
As soon as we have finalized arrangements for next year’s offering, we will post a notice on the HLS Calendar about how to you may obtain additional information regarding the nature of the research projects, and the requirements and deadline for applying to participate in the program.