Cornell Law students have the ability to participating in internships and fellowships abroad. These opportunities allow students to engage with international law practitioners and researchers, and to build collaborative partnerships with public, nonprofit, and nongovernmental agencies addressing critical issues in relevant areas of international law such as international public interest, international human rights, international criminal law, and international trade law. Information on additional internships and fellowships opportunities may be found on the career services site.

Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowships


The mission of the Berger Summer Fellowship Program is to give students an opportunity to engage international law practitioners and researchers, and to build collaborative partnerships with public, non-profit and non-governmental agencies addressing critical issues in relevant areas of international law such as international human rights, international criminal law, and international trade law. 

The main objective of this program is to enhance and reinforce academic learning by providing students the opportunity to actively engage with individuals and organizations directly involved in the policy and practice of international law. It is designed to: deepen students’ understanding of the practice of international law and, acquaint students with a collaborative field experience related to international law. Students will gain valuable international work and research experience and, at the same time, contribute to the work of the organization they intern for, by providing the host-organization with a detailed policy review, research paper or professional report relevant to the host-organization.

Students identify and make arrangements for their own internship placement, which should include a focus on areas of international or comparative law and may be based in the U.S. or abroad.

Students will be advised by a supervisor at the place of internship. At the end of the internship period, students will be required to submit to Cornell a report of their experiences.

Eligible Applicants

All J.D., LL.M. and J.S.D. students, with a preference to those with a demonstrated interest in international or comparative legal studies

Grant Amount and Fellowship Duration

Pro-rated, based on length of internships, from 4 weeks up to 12 weeks (e.g., $2500 for 4 weeks; $5000 for 8 weeks). The internships are designed to last between four to twelve weeks. Students should specify their desired length of stay in their application. 

Please note that the Berger Fellowship may supplement partial (but not full) PIF grants up to the maximum pro-rated amount. If the internship is a paid position, the fellowship will be reduced by the amount of compensation.

Please note that the Berger Fellowship may supplement partial (but not full) PIF grants up to the maximum pro-rated amount. If the internship is a paid position, the fellowship will be reduced by the amount of compensation.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2021

Application Instructions

Students are expected to find internship placements themselves, in advance of applying. Once a placement is found, submit the following materials by email attachment to with the subject line Berger Summer Fellowships.

  • Your resume
  • Your transcript (you may send this via Cornell’s Secure File Transfer for heightened security)
  • A cover letter that includes the following:

1. Describe the organization or agency, the legal work it does, and the clients it serves.  Include the web site address, and, if available, a description of the summer legal internship program. Please also explain how your work will engage international or comparative law.

2. Your desired length of stay at the organization.

3. Discuss your motivation for applying.  Describe how a public international summer internship with the particular employer you will work for (or hope to work for) facilitates your long-term legal career goals.

4. Any other information that you feel is relevant.

Selection Process

Decisions are expected to be made within 2 weeks of the application deadline.  Applicants may be interviewed by the selection committee as part of the selection process.

Furman Family Fellowship


Through the generous support of the Furman Family Fellowship, we are pleased to announce a summer clerkship opportunity at the Supreme Court of Israel. The Supreme Court, located in Jerusalem, is the highest court of Israel and the highest court of appeals. The court often refers to jurisprudence from American, Commonwealth, and European legal systems in its decisions.

Foreign law clerks at the Court are assigned to a specific Justice and typically research comparative legal issues and draft memoranda relating to legal questions. Where applicable, their findings will be taken into consideration in decisions rendered by the Court. Foreign law clerks write in English, and knowledge of Hebrew is not required (though is helpful). Knowledge of other languages also is an advantage. In certain cases, foreign law clerks who do especially excellent work have been invited to extend their position at the Court.

Cornell students are invited to submit their applications to Cornell’s International Programs Office by the deadline noted below. The Law School will select one or more finalists, whose applications will be forwarded to the Supreme Court for further consideration.

The Furman Family Fellowship will provide financial support to the top successful applicant who is offered and accepts a position with the Supreme Court. The fellow will receive a $7500 stipend for a 12- week clerkship at the Court.

Eligible Applicants

Cornell J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. students, recent graduates, and faculty

Grant Amount and Fellowship Duration

The clerkship will last 12 weeks. Summer clerkships may start as early as May or as late as August and will be determined by the successful applicant and Court in light of the applicant’s

availability.  Applications may also be considered for 12 week positions to begin later in the year.

Application Deadline

November 16, 2020

Application Instructions

Applications and supporting documentation should be submitted to Cornell Law School’s International Programs Office at . With the exception of the recommendation letters, please submit your application as a single PDF. Each document included in the PDF should be clearly titled. At the top of the first page of the application, please write “Furman Family Fellowship Application.”  The PDF should include the following documents:

  • A cover letter addressed to the Supreme Court of Israel (address: Sha’arei Mishpat St.; Jerusalem 9195001; Israel).  Important: Please identify yourself as a Furman Family Fellowship applicant in the first paragraph of your letter. Please also indicate the period during which you would like to clerk at the court. You may simply state that you are seeking a “12-week internship during the summer of 2021.” Alternatively or additionally, you may indicate your availability for an internship to begin later in the year.
  • A current resume
  • Law School transcript
  • A short sample of legal writing

At least two recommendation letters, preferably one from a law professor (Recommenders may send their letters directly to no later than November 16, 2020.).

*Applicants should not expect to receive a response until early-April.

French Conseil d’Etat Summer Internships


The Conseil d’État is France’s highest administrative court.  It is the final arbiter of cases relating to executive power, local authorities, independent public authorities, public administration agencies or any other agency invested with public authority. The Conseil d’État advises the Government on the preparation of bills, ordinances and certain decrees. It also answers the Government’s queries on legal affairs and conducts studies upon the request of the Government or through its own initiative regarding administrative or public policy issues.  In discharging the dual functions of judging as well as advising the Government, the Conseil d’État ensures that the French administration operates in compliance with the law. It is therefore one of the principal guarantees of the rule of law in the country.  The Conseil d’État is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the administrative tribunals and courts of appeal.

The internship:

The Conseil d’État is delighted to be able to offer two internships to qualified Cornell students in the summer of 2020. The first is based in the “bureau des référés,” which is directly linked to the Conseil d’État’s President and handles urgent applications.  This is a one to two-month internship (usually closer to two months) in June and July. This internship may be particularly valuable for students who are interested in applying for Cornell’s postgraduate clerkship at the Conseil d’État.

The second opportunity is a one-month internship in July in the centre de recherches et de diffusion juridiques, the research center of the Conseil d’État.  The intern will assist the office with common law research and will have the opportunity to learn about the Conseil d’État from the inside, including its procedures and organization.

The successful candidates will be eligible to receive a summer grant from Cornell through the Office of Public Service International PIF program or the Berger International Legal Studies Program.

Eligible Applicants

The position is suitable for a law student who has completed the first year of the JD.  Fluency in French (speaking, understanding and writing) is required. For the “bureau des référés”internship, some knowledge of French administrative law is preferred.

Application Deadline

February 8, 2021

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resumé, and your law school transcript(s) to

Your cover letter should indicate which Conseil d’État internships you are applying for, and, if both, which one you would prefer.  In addition, please discuss your qualifications and motivation for applying.  Describe how an internship with the Conseil d’État would facilitate your long-term legal career goals.  Your cover letter should also address your ability to work in French.