Explore multinational externships:
Nishka Chandrasoma, Mike Katz, Dan Nadel, Mark Nielson, and Johanna Steinberg (2 for the seminar; 2 for fieldwork)
The General and In-House Counsel (G/IHC) Externship will provide students with an understanding of roles general counsel and in-house lawyers play while offering them an opportunity to experience that work firsthand at placements in for profit, nonprofit, and startup corporations. There are three (four) sections offered this term.
This 2-hour externship seminar will explore areas of the law that are integral to a general counsel or in-house practice. Students will learn to approach legal issues from the perspective of the attorney whose job is simultaneously to be both lawyer and client.
The seminar component will also explore the ethical considerations of G/IHC attorneys including conflicts of interest and confidentiality. G/IHC are in a unique position at the intersection of law and business or operations; we will discuss how the G/IHC attorney must be fluent and able to explain legal rules and processes to artists, business people, educators and other professionals, and to ensure that the legal team understands business or operations considerations and context. The seminar component will integrate students’ field-based learning experiences into our weekly discussions and facilitate students’ reflection on those general counsel or in-house placements. The seminar component will also include a number of simulations and feature guest speakers who will be able to share their varied experiences as general or in house counsel.
Corporate Section – seminar will explore areas including corporate governance, securities and SEC reporting, M&A, internal investigations, employment law, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), cyber security, contracts, and litigation. Lecturer: Mark Nielson
Nonprofit Sections – seminar will explore areas including movement lawyering in transactional work, formation and structure of different types of organizations, corporate governance and compliance, employment and labor law, political activity, lobbying, and advocacy, intellectual property, media and communications, contract administration and review, fundraising compliance and charitable solicitation registration, confidentiality and ethics for clients, and working with pro bono partners. Depending on interest more than one section will be offered with a focus on large institutional organizations or smaller advocacy or activist organizations. Lecturers: Nishka Chandrasoma and Johanna Steinberg
Startup Section – seminar will explore areas relevant to start ups, venture capitalist investing and Web3 entities, corporate governance, venture/crypto deals, regulation and policy (SEC, CFTC, ETFs, securities laws, ICO enforcement actions pleading), intellectual property, commercial contracts and proprietary data, the Metaverse, decentralized autonomous organizations (DAO), and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Lecturers: Mike Katz and Dan Nadel
In the fieldwork placements, students will be expected to devote at least 11 hours per week. Students will be able to identify their own placements, discuss with the lecturers, and/or Liliana Vaamonde for placements. More information will be provided once you are formally accepted into the externship.
The course will be open to JD and LL.M candidates. There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Akshaya Kumar, Lecturer-in-Law (2 for seminar; 3 for fieldwork)
The United Nations Externship provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the law and practice of the UN and the processes of making and implementing institutional law at an international organization. The externship will include a placement at one of a variety of legal offices including the UN secretariat, UN funds and programs, country or organization missions to the UN, or nonprofit advocacy organizations focused on influencing the UN’s decision making procedures. The seminar component of the course will offer opportunities to deepen students’ understanding of rulemaking within the UN system and create space to interrogate assumptions about how international organizations function.
Students cannot pre-select their placements and must be willing to extern at any of the potential host employers. The course consists of two parts: fieldwork (3 clinical credits) and a weekly seminar (2 academic credits). While the fieldwork credits are pass/fail, students will be graded for the seminar credits on the basis of a required presentation and group work.
Students will meet together with the instructor for a weekly seminar. Students are expected to reflect on their fieldwork experiences as a part of weekly seminar discussions, Students will examine primary materials focused on the normative context within which the UN functions, developing an understanding of the interaction between law and practice, and identifying avenues for change and reform. It is recommended that applicants should have taken a basic course in public international law or the equivalent. The coursebook, often supplemented with additional relevant material, will be The Law and Practice of the United Nations by Simon Chesterman, Ian Johnstone and David M. Malone (Oxford Univ. Press, 2nd Ed., 2016).
Students will be placed by the instructors according to the needs and decisions of the various offices concerned. It should be borne in mind that there are no guaranteed places in any given office for CLS students and that some host organizations require students to interview or submit additional application materials as part of the selection process. Each student is expected to work at their host office a minimum of two full days a week for the 14 weeks of the semester.
Extern selections will be made on the basis of the qualifications of the candidates and the needs of the office concerned. The externship is available to upper-level J.D., LL.M and SJD candidates.