Today: Semester Abroad and HLS-University of Cambridge Joint J.D.-LL.M. Degree Information Session

Wednesday, October 22, 12 p.m.

Wasserstein Hall, Room 3007

Where Can Study Abroad Take You? Information Session on Semester Abroad and the HLS-University of Cambridge Joint J.D.-LL.M. Degree

The Semester Abroad program is a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign legal culture and to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. 2L and 3L students can apply to study at one of 11 exchange partner schools, or for an independent semester abroad at another accredited law school.

The HLS-University of Cambridge Joint Degree program is an incredible opportunity to spend a year at one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished universities. This program may be of particular benefit to students interested in public or private international law, British law or European Union law, or in pursuing an academic career. Students who successfully complete program requirements earn a Harvard J.D. degree and a Cambridge LL.M. in a total of three-and-a-half years.

Come learn more about these programs from HLS students who have studied abroad. Lunch will be served.

Introducing our incoming fall 2014 exchange students!

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This fall, 12 students from law schools abroad are studying at HLS as part of exchange agreements. (At the same time, HLS students will be spending the semester abroad, studying in Australia, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland, and the UK.)

We hope you’ll have a chance to meet these visiting students.

In this photo, left to right:

First row: Isabel Daum (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland), Clara Wack (University of Geneva, Switzerland), Sofia Reizin (University of Chile), Lucia Bíziková (Sciences Po, France), Yuxin Lin (Renmin University of China), Daniela Dias (Fundação Getulio Vargas, Brazil), Zara Desai (Sciences Po, France)

Second row: Jure Zrilic (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom), Barrie Sander (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland), Jean Grosdidier (Sciences Po, France), Giedre Lideikyte-Huber (University of Geneva, Switzerland)

Not pictured: Daniel Clarry (University of Cambridge, United Kingdom)

Where can study abroad take you? Visit the semester abroad pages in the International Legal Studies section of the HLS website, and watch the ILS Events page and this blog for postings about information sessions scheduled in September and later in the year.

Chayes Fellow Elizabeth Loftus on working with World Bank Integrity Vice-Presidency in Washington, DC

World Bank photo courtesy of Elizabeth Loftus

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Loftus

I am loving my time at the World Bank; it is incredibly rewarding to be using my (partial) law degree to do substantive work that I care so much about.

Throughout the summer, I have had a wide variety of projects, ranging from policy research to investigations to editing statements of accusation and evidence. I am currently working on drafting my own statement of accusation and evidence from an investigation that is entirely in French (which is challenging but exciting). Serendipitously, the two policy topics I was assigned to research exactly matched my corruption-related academic interests.

The World Bank’s work environment is fantastic. One of the reasons I applied to INT was because I wanted to get a sense of what it is like to work in a professional, international setting. I feel like I have obtained exactly the sort of insight I was hoping for. I can walk around the office and hear conversations in four different languages and I’ve learned a lot about the legal cultures of different jurisdictions. My experience here has confirmed that I really derive a lot of energy from working in an international atmosphere. As a result, I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do with the remainder of my time at HLS.

Like the attorneys and investigators, the interns come from all over the world (Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Germany, China, Afghanistan) and I’ve learned as much from them as I have from INT staff.

Elizabeth is one of 22 HLS students working this summer in 14 countries under the auspices of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship. Please visit our Chayes Fellowship page to learn more!