United Nations Externship - Spring Only
Larry Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Law, and Nyaguthii Chege, Lecturer-in-Law (2 graded academic, 3 ungraded fieldwork credits, and Minor/Major Writing Credit (upon consultation), which must be registered separately with Registration Services)
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 the world organization. Approximately fifteen students will be selected from among those who apply and will be placed in offices in the UN or related thereto dealing with legal matters.
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 academic credits on the basis of a required term paper and class participation
A two-hour weekly seminar at CLS will be held on the law and practice of the United Nations. This seminar provides a focused approach, beyond what is provided in the basic public international law course, on fully comprehending the mix of law and policy that United Nations law encapsulates. 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.
It is recommended that applicants should have taken a basic course in public international llaw 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).
During the course, students are expected to bring to the Seminar relevant experience gained from their fieldwork. In addition, the instructors will meet with students or groups of students to review their fieldwork experience and to discuss what has been learned through that experience.
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. Work assignments vary, but typically include doing research into past practice, analysis of documents, preparing summaries of reports or discussions of legal matters. Work may be undertaken analyzing the practice of UN organs acting under specific provisions of the Charter, the "legislative history" of UN resolutions, treaties or other instruments. Each student is expected to work at their host office a minimum of two days a week for the 14 weeks of the semester.
Requirements and Application Process
Extern selections will be made on the basis of the qualifications of the candidates and the needs of the interested UN or UN-related offices. The externship is available to upper level J.D., LL.M and SJD candidates.
This externship is only offered in the Spring. The online application will be released in Fall 2019.
Any additional questions can be sent to Susan Kraham at [email protected].