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Center for International
Law and Policy

“The law school's global perspective and commitment to finding solutions to international legal challenges is expressed through our center's courses, programs, and career options, whether they take place in Boston or around the globe.”

Professor Lisa Laplante, director, Center for International Law and Policy

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International Law Programs - The Center for International Law and Policy

International Law Career Pathways Panel

Panelists working in a range of public and private international law projects discussed how they became involved, and students learned how to maximize their law school experience to be prepared for international law careers.  Click here to watch a video of this presentation.

How can aspiring international law practitioners best take advantage of New England Law | Boston's many programs and opportunities?  Click on this link to find out!

New England Law | Boston students integrate scholarship and advocacy in a global context.

The Center for International Law and Policy (CILP) at New England Law | Boston was established in 1996 to promote the study and understanding of the relationship between international law and policy, with special emphasis on problems of an economic, environmental, criminal, or humanitarian nature. To this end, the Center sponsors research, publication, teaching, pro bono assistance, and the dissemination of knowledge in these areas.

Through the international law school programs of CILP, students and faculty collaborate to research, analyze, and provide resource documents on topics related to current international legal issues.  Students also immerse themselves in the practice of international law during domestic and international externships.

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International Legal Externships

CILP offers a unique semester-long externship program with sites in The Netherlands and Washington, D.C.  Students are assisted with the qualification process and gain hands-on experience working on international legal issues.

CILP offers a semester of academic credit to those selected for placement with the following organizations.

Immigration Law Concentration

Immigration Law is a dynamic field that features highly rewarding and exciting job opportunities.  New England Law | Boston has responded to the growth in this specialty with a new concentration, which provides students with a further focus while in law school and additional credentials for when they enter the job market.  Learn more about our Immigration Law Concentration.

Summer Fellowship Program

The New England Law | Boston Summer Fellowship Program aids New England Law students in their efforts to gain valuable practice experience during the summer after their first year of law school and, for students in the part-time program, their second year.  The New England Law Board of Trustees has pledged that each fellow will receive a stipend of $3,500 to assist with summer living expenses.  Learn more about our Summer Fellowship Program.

International law conferences

To promote the development of global legal work, New England Law often presents international law conferences in Boston.

CILP also hosts numerous international law programs each year on pressing topics.  Center activities enable students to gain front-line experience, which is an important step in building careers in international law and international policy.

For more information

Please e-mail Professor Lisa Laplante, CILP director,, to find out more about CILP's programs and events.