Opportunities for Students

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

globe flag5Miller Institute-ASIL Student Fellowship

Application period:  October 1-31, 2017
The Miller Institute-ASIL Student Fellow is awarded funding to attend the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, the largest and most important gathering each year of international law practitioners, policymakers, and scholars.  For more information, click here.

Certificate of Specialization in International Law

Deadline:  April 1, 2018
The specialized curricular program ensures students develop a broad background in fundamental areas of law while receiving advanced training in international law.  Students who meet the requirements are awarded a Certificate of Specialization in International Law at the end of the academic year.  For more information, click here.

Berkeley Law-ASIL Academic Partnership

The American Society of International Law (ASIL) is the leading association for scholars, practitioners, and students of international law.  As part of Berkeley Law’s Academic Partnership with ASIL, all Berkeley Law students, staff, and faculty are eligible for a number of benefits including a 50% discount on individual ASIL memberships and complimentary access to the ASIL Jobs Board.  For more information, click here.

Berkeley Law in The Hague Program

Starting in Spring 2018, Berkeley Law JD students will have the opportunity to participate in the Berkeley Law in The Hague Program.  Eligible students can earn 10-12 units of law school credit while conducting a field placement at a range of international legal institutions including:  international criminal tribunals; public and private international law organizations; peace and security organizations; and non-governmental organizations. Students work under the supervision of a lawyer within these organizations.  For more information, see the program page.

Board of Advocates

For Berkeley Law’s internal and external skills competitions, click here.


2018 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program

Deadline:  January 15, 2018

Established in 2004 by the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program recognizes the legacy of Arthur Helton, a prominent human rights advocate and ASIL member. Helton died in the August 19, 2003 bombing of the UN mission in Baghdad together with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Viera de Mello and 20 others.

Funded through the generous support of the Planethood Foundation and ASIL members, Helton Fellowships provide financial assistance in the form of “micro-grants” of $2,000 for law students and new professionals to pursue field work and research on significant issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas. Helton Fellowships are intended to provide modest funding that can make the difference in enabling future international lawyers, scholars, and advocates to pursue a life-changing professional experience.

Previous Fellowship recipients from Berkeley Law include Holly Dranginis (JD ’13) and Andrew Smith (LLM ’12).

To learn more about the application process, go to www.asil.org/helton.


American Society of International Law Fellowships and Internships

Deadline:  ongoing

asil logo--white on blue bkgrFellowships:  The ASIL International Law Fellows program gives recent graduates the opportunity to gain up to a year of professional experience working on ASIL publications and the development and implementation of its research, education, and outreach programs. The positions are full-time and typically of a six-month duration. Fellows work with their supervisor to identify areas of professional interest that can be developed while working at ASIL.  They also have the opportunity to select and attend various internationally themed events in the active DC international community. Fellows are eligible for a one-time, $2,500 travel stipend, but the position is otherwise unpaid. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify and obtain alternative sources of funding. Fellowships typically start in January, April, July, and October.  For information on current fellowships, see the ASIL Fellowship Page.

Internships: ASIL offers students opportunities to become involved with its work while learning first-hand about the field of international law. All positions are based at ASIL’s Washington DC headquarters and generally require a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and usually more during the summer. All internships are unpaid; however, interns may be eligible to earn academic credit through their school. During their internship, participants are encouraged both to attend ASIL events and to take advantage of the plethora of programs in international law and foreign relations that the DC area provides.  For information on available positions, see the ASIL Internship Page.


Contribute to Berkeley Journal of International Law’s 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.