American Bar Association's Asia Law Initiative (Washington, D.C.)
Faculty Supervisor: Professor D'Alemberte
Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1
ABA-Asia is a public service project, funded by grants and donations, that provides technical assistance in support of legal reforms in the countries of Asia. ABA-Asia works in partnership with local organizations (both governmental and non-governmental) to provide ongoing assistance in a variety of areas, including judicial reform, legal profession reform, legal education reform, criminal law-anti-corruption, environmental advocacy, and gender issues. Externs will support the work of the legal staff in all aspects of project work. This will include legal research and writing (particularly pertaining to Asian legal systems); assisting in developing training programs; corresponding with and handling requests of ABA representatives overseas; assisting in grant proposal development; and providing administrative support to the initiative.
Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed one international law course and must have completed international legal research training through Westlaw, Lexis, or the FSU COL Library.
Recommended Courses: Chinese Law, International Law, Immigration Law, International Human Rights, International Criminal Law
Selection Process: In order to enroll in the FSU COL "externship" at ABA-Asia, students must have applied and been accepted in the ABA-Asia "internship" program and must have committed to work a minimum of three months full-time. Applicants should have excellent writing, research and interpersonal skills. Background in international relations and legal development is highly desirable. Some knowledge of Asian history, geography, politics and languages spoken in the region is helpful.