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"I spent my 1L summer interning at the Beijing office of WilmerHale. It was a great experience. I went into the summer knowing I was interested in law and China, but really uncertain what it would actually be like to practice in China. Through the internship, I learned about day-to-day practice for American lawyers in China and was happy to discover that the work they do is extremely varied and interesting. The internship helped prepare me for the language classes I'm taking this fall, and will provide both direction and relevant experience for my next job search."

– Joanna Lampe, 3L

Summer Internships

Michigan Law provides various opportunities for non-credit international experience, in internships with NGOs in Cambodia, with leading refugee law agencies around the world, and with the AIRE Centre, a human rights organization in London.

Program in Refugee and Asylum Law

Established in 1998 by Professor James C. Hathaway, the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law offers the world's most comprehensive curriculum in this field. It provides for in-depth study of international and comparative refugee law, and for direct engagement with the process of international refugee law reform. The curriculum includes classes, a series of advanced seminars, an advanced refugee advocacy workshop, and a biennial Colloquium on Challenges in International Refugee Law, which brings leading scholars to the Law School to collaborate with student researchers. Top students in the program are awarded a Michigan Fellowship in Refugee and Asylum Law, which provides funding for a summer internship at one of the program's partner institutions (Amnesty International, London; Human Rights Watch, New York; Jesuit Refugee Service, Lilongwe, Malawi; and the New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority, Auckland). Interested students should contact Prof. James Hathaway at jch@umich.edu.

Program for INTERNATIONAL Law and Development

The Program for International Law and Development provides financial and logistics support to students interested in public service internships in a developing country: either Cambodia or Namibia. The program is co-directed by Prof. Nick Rine (Cambodia) and Prof. Steve Gray (Namibia). Recent placements in Cambodia include the UN Human Rights Center in Phnom Penh, Legal Aid of Cambodia, Cambodian Defenders Project, Cambodian Association for Human Rights, Cambodian Women's Crisis Center, and the Ministry of Commerce. For more information on the Cambodia program or to inquire about placement possibilities, contact Prof. Nick Rine at nickrine@umich.edu

In Namibia, internships are offered at the Law Reform and Development Commission as well as the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) of Namibia. The LAC offers separate internships on two different projects: 1) the Gender Research and Advocacy Project and 2) the Land, Environment and Development (Lead) Project. For more information on the Namibia program, contact Prof. Steve Gray at grange@umich.edu.

AIRE Centre

Established in 1993 and located in London, the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre provides students with a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience litigating before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Centre focuses on all aspects of individual rights in Europe under international law, particularly immigration and asylum law, related social assistance issues, family law, trafficking and domestic violence, and children’s rights. The Centre hosts interns from Michigan, Georgetown and Columbia law schools as well as from across Europe. Non-credit summer internships and externships for academic credit are available in the summer, fall and winter terms. Students interested in applying should contact Theresa Kaiser-Jarvis, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, at tkjlaw@umich.edu.







The Fourth Regional Rule of Law Forum in
Albania, hosted by the AIRE Centre in 2017.

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