Opportunities for Students


The Miller Institute and Berkeley Law offers many opportunities for students interested in international law, including:

▪ Certificate of Specialization in International Law

▪ American Society of International Law (ASIL) membership discount -- As an Academic Partner with ASIL, all Berkeley Law students, staff, and faculty are eligible for a 50% discount on individual memberships.  For enrollment instructions, click here.

Berkeley Law students are also eligible for complimentary registration to ASIL’s Midyear Meeting and Research Forum, November 6-8, 2014, in Chicago.  To register, click here and use the promotional code APSTUDENT2014.

▪ Miller-American Society of International Law Student Fellowship

Board of Advocates (for Berkeley Law's internal and external skills competitions) 


Research Assistant Job Available

Attorney Jennifer Easterday (Boalt '08) is looking for a research assistant.

About me: I am an attorney specializing in international criminal law and post-conflict peacebuilding. I am currently a PhD Researcher for the ‘Jus Post Bellum’ project at Leiden University.  I am also a Trial Monitor and Consultant for Open Society Justice Initiative, and previously worked for several international NGOs working on issues of international justice and human rights. I received my Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law ('08) and am a member of the California State Bar. I focused my time at Berkeley learning about international law, human rights, and transitional justice. I was the co-Editor-in-Chief of BJIL and worked with the Human Right Law Clinic and CARC.

About the project: Since leaving Boalt Hall, I have taken every chance to provide Boalt students with opportunities to experience the practice of international law first hand through internships and research opportunities. Working with me on this project will introduce the RA to the academic debate about the legal framework that applies during the transition from conflict to peace. The project explores a new and developing area of international law, and involves researching both theory and practice. The dissertation focuses on issues as broad as rule of law development, natural resource management and sustainable development, human rights, peace agreements, and the return and restitution of property for displaced persons. It focuses on Colombia, Sierra Leone, and Kosovo as relevant case studies. The RA will gain insight into these areas and help develop scholarship in an under-explored area. S/he will also gain valuable experience in research and editing, useful for her/his own research and future career in law.

About the position: The position will require approximately 10-15 hours of work per week for 12-14 weeks (approximately from January-May). The work will be very flexible and conducted by email and Skype. We can establish a schedule that accommodates exams and other obligations. I t will involve research, substantive editing, and cite checking for a dissertation of approximately 120,000 words. In principle the work would be done on a pro bono basis, although I would be more than happy to facilitate university credit for the work assuming that Berkeley Law would agree to such an arrangement. There is a possibility, although unlikely, for modest remuneration.

About you: The ideal RA will have a passion for learning about international law and experience with research and editing, either through previous RA experience or through work on a legal journal. Attention to detail is a must. A background in peace/conflict studies would be an asset.

Please send: Any questions, or your CV and unofficial Boalt transcript to jennifere@gmail.com


Summer Ethics Fellowships for Law Students

Application deadline:  January 6, 2015

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) seeks applications for its 2015 law fellowships. FASPE Law, one component of a larger program that works with students in several professional fields, uses the conduct of lawyers and judges during the Holocaust and in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive course of study on legal ethics. FASPE is predicated upon the power of place, and in particular the first-hand experience of visiting Auschwitz and traveling through Germany and Poland where Fellows study the past, connecting to it in ways that no class-room-based course can, and consider how to apply the lessons of history as they confront the ethical challenges of today.

Ten to fifteen law students will be chosen to participate in the 2015 trip, which will run from May 24-June 4. Fellowships cover all program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, visit www.FASPE.info


Rule of Law/Proposal Development Internship, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Tetra Tech DPK (Tt DPK) provides technical, management, and advisory services to help developing and transitioning societies navigate the challenges they face. They work around the world with donors such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), and the World Bank to help establish and strengthen productive relationships between state and society and develop sustainable government and justice systems that are responsible, transparent, accountable, fair, and efficient.

Tt DPK seeks two Rule of Law/Proposal Development Interns to start in the Fall semester (September-December 2014) and continue through the Spring (January-May 2015) to assist the Business/Proposal Development/Recruitment team. Candidates should be interested in learning more about international development, proposal development for donor-funded projects, and technical methodologies utilized in rule of law, access to justice, crime and violence prevention, governmental integrity, and anti-corruption projects around the world. Solid writing, research, and computer skills are essential. The internship is paid.

For more information, see the Tt DPK internship page.


Contribute to Berkeley Journal of International Law's New Blog:  Travaux

Travaux is the blog established by the Berkeley Journal of International Law to provide an open environment where students, practitioners, and experts can discuss and debate contemporary international legal issues in real time. They currently have teams dedicated to covering topics such as human rights, international finance, international organizations, and the United States’ relationship to international law, and they are looking for new contributors.

If you think your work would offer a fresh perspective, such as what you have done in humanitarian law, national security, immigration law, and your work with the UN, consider submitting a blog post to Travaux.

For more information, visit Trauvaux's submissions page