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International Public Interest Initiatives


In response to the globalization of public interest lawyering and growing student interest in pursuing international careers, the Levin Center has developed an international program that connects students and alumni to educational opportunities and careers in this growing field. The Center also engages in research and leverages the resources of the law school to support public interest attorneys seeking to build rule of law in transitional societies.

Beginning in the fall of 2012, we will launch an annual symposium that convenes leading public interest attorneys from different regions of the world to examine key issues in the interaction between international human rights mechanisms and the process of justice reform on the ground, with a focus on transitional societies. Students will have an opportunity to engage with the symposium participants through structured counseling and mentorship sessions, as well as participate in other programs that focus on the same theme including a student colloquium and summer placement opportunities.

This new initiative enhances Stanford Law School's development of innovative models of legal education, deepening students' exposure to real-world policy problems and the practice of public international law in the context of globalization and societies in significant economic, political and social transition.

The initiative is also focused on individualized career counseling and development of additional career development resources to respond to the specific needs of students who are planning to pursue international public interest careers.