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Geneva Externship Information and Application Process

Michigan Law offers semester-long externship opportunities with leading intergovernmental and nongovernmental (NGO) institutions in Geneva during the winter term. Students are immersed in the work of these international institutions and closely supervised by their legal staffs, and explore how international legal regimes intersect with such diverse fields as trade, human rights, intellectual property, environment, telecommunications, and health. Externs participate in a contemporaneous seminar intended to provide them substantive context for their externships by focusing on the roles and practices of international organizations and NGOs and the place of law in their work.



Externship programs are under the jurisdiction of the Curricular, Co-curricular, and Pedagogic Issues Committee. More...


A student may earn a maximum of 12 credits for an approved externship program in a regular academic term. More...

Student Eligibility
The externship program is open to second- or third-year law students who are in good academic standing at the Law School. A student should be fully committed to completing an externship in Geneva before submitting an application; once a student has applied to and is accepted by one of the organizations, they will be expected to participate in the externship unless illness or other serious problem arises. More...

The deadline to submit a complete application package for a Winter 2015 Geneva Externship is Wednesday, March 12, 2014. It is the student's responsibility to make sure that all parts of the externship application package have been received by the deadline.

Tuition and Living Expenses
Students who pursue an externship in Geneva are known as Geneva International Fellows, each of whom receives a $3,000.00 fellowship to assist with Geneva-related expenses. Externs are also eligible for financial aid for the externship semester. Students registered for full time externships are charged the full rate of tuition.

Other Prerequisites or Preferences
Each agency engages in different types of work and looks for varying qualifications in the applicants. As you read the agency descriptions and their preferences, keep in mind that the desired qualifications are just that--preferences; they are not requirements.

application process
Each student proposing an externship program must submit a complete Geneva Externship Application Package. A complete package consists of both an online form and documents sent to Barbara Glispin within the Center for International and Comparative Law as e-mail attachments. More...


essay of interest
The essay provides an opportunity for the student to persuade the Law School that the externship will enable the student to fulfill educational objectives that cannot be achieved through Law School classes or in the ordinary course of professional opportunities available to the student. More...

preferred placement cover letter
A cover letter must be provided for each preferred placement identified by the student. The letter should state the specific reasons why the student is interested in working at that particular site. More...

Statement of Work Environment Preferences
To assist with the internal selection process, students must provide a short paragraph addressing personal preferences regarding office environment and culture. More...

Final Semester Externship
If a student is proposing an externship in what would be their final semester of law school, he or she must meet with Jack Atkinson, the Law School's Registrar, to complete a Registrar Checklist for submission and inclusion with the application package.



application interview
Each applicant will be required to participate in an interview with Professor Sankaran and Assistant Dean Shah as part of the application process. More...

overseas travel waiver
As a condition of enrolling for overseas externship credit, students must complete an Overseas Travel Waiver. This requirement applies whether or not the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert or travel warning for the country to which you plan to travel. More...

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