Oct. 17: Winter Break Intensive Pro Bono Research Welcome Reception

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The Winter Break Pro Bono Research Projects are a great opportunity to complete pro bono work for admission to the New York State Bar, as well as for students to gain experience conducting international law research and drafting a research report.  We are excited to collaborate with domestic and international non-profit and intergovernmental organizations to offer legal research projects for teams of students to undertake intensively during the winter break (January 6-10, 2020).


The following projects will be offered in 2019-20:

  • Basel Institute on Governance – Identifying best practices regarding the prosecution/litigation of unexplained wealth legislation through a comparative analysis of international case law
  • Solidarity Center – International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network
  • Open Society Justice Initiative – Climate Change
  • UN Women – UN Human Rights Investigations: Acting on Recommendations
  • VOLYA Institute – Access to Justice During Armed Conflict and Occupation: Case of Ukraine

Each team will be given instructions on the research sought by the organization, and will work intensively over the allocated week to prepare a report. Participating students must commit to seeing the report through to completion, which is likely to involve more than 50 hours of work total, including beyond the intensive week. However, the aim is for the project to be completed within a relatively short timeframe.


To participate in the program, you must do the following:

• Review this document, which outlines the projects on offer;
• RSVP here by no later than Sunday, October 14;
• Attend a mandatory welcome reception on Thursday, October 17 in FH 216 from 6:00pm-8:00pm, at which you will hear more from the organizations about their projects, meet the project supervisors and the other LLM students and sign up for projects;
• Be available the Friday before the intensive week for the library session; and
• Work full-time over the intensive week with your group, plus do any additional work required to bring the project to completion


At this stage, there is no formal application process, other than signing up at the reception on October 17. However, as there is only room for eight students in each team, if some groups are over-subscribed we may implement an application process.


Date: Thursday, October 17th
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Room: FH 216


Please RSVP here.

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