International Bar Association (London)

* Available summer, fall and spring. Students work full-time for 12 weeks.

Faculty Supervisor:
Professor Sally Gertz
Credit: 10 credits
Number of Positions: 1

The IBA is comprised of law societies, bar associations and individual lawyers engaged in international legal practice. Students at the IBA will assist in developing academic papers and research on legal topics of international relevance. Externs also will support the work of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute, as it promotes human rights worldwide, by researching and drafting policy papers, preparing background research for grants, and providing research support for the HRI’s technical assistance projects.

Prerequisites: Public International Law, and one "other" course related to refugee and asylum law, international war tribunals, international criminal law or international human rights. The other course may be taken at the law school or in a graduate program on main campus. Jessup Moot Court may be substituted for the other course.

Recommended Courses: Advanced Legal Research, International Human Rights, International Business Transactions, International and Foreign Legal Research

Selection Process: Selection is based on the student applicant’s overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, international research proficiency, interest and/or experience in international affairs and politics, and other externships taken. Students apply during the Florida State Law application period by submitting a FSU COL externship application, a resume, a statement of interest, writing sample, and a letter of reference from a professor. The resume should include coursework in international law and foreign languages spoken. The statement of interest should explain the student's interest in human rights. For more information, see the IBA's internship Web site.

Expenses: The FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights may provide financial assistance with travel costs and living expenses. Externs are responsible for determining what travel documents are necessary, paying for them and obtaining them. Should the host country determine that the extern does not have the necessary travel documents, the student is responsible for any costs associated with return to the United States. Externs are responsible for their own food, housing, health insurance and all other living expenses.

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