International Public Interest
Law students participate in a number of international public interest opportunities, both in the United States and abroad. Members of the law school faculty actively seek out new internship opportunities for our students. Opportunities literally span the globe.
During the school year, students have the opportunity to participate in the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Teaching Project. The IHL Teaching Project is a unique program which trains students to teach a brief introduction to international humanitarian law (including refugee law and the law of land mines) at area high schools.
In addition, the law school's annual Congressional and Administrative Law Clinic sends over 20 law students to Washington, D.C., for the Spring semester to work for a variety of legislative and executive branch employers, including include the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, the Corporate Finance Section of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Patent and Trademark Office.
The law school has a close relationship with the Legal Aid Board in Durban, South Africa. Dozens of law students have participated in summer internships with the Legal Aid Board, aiding in the defense of indigent and other clients before South Africa's criminal and civil courts.
In addition, the law school's Intellectual Property & Business Formation Legal Clinic works with the Missouri Botanical Garden, the University of Missouri, and the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa, on the groundbreaking International Center for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (TICIPS) program. As part of TICIPS, several law students have traveled to South Africa during the summer to investigate the legal regime concerning traditional indigenous medicines and therapies.
Each summer, several law students work in Accra, Ghana, in support of the Legal Resources Centre. These interns work on public legal and policy matters in support of human and civil rights in the context of a developing country.
Beginning in 2007, law students traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, to work with the Legal Resources Centre in that country. Presently, the law school sends law students each summer to the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Nairobi.
Beginning in 2007, a small number of law students spend the summer interning with NGOs in Delhi. Their work focused on public health initiatives - especially concerning HIV/AIDS law and policy. In 2009, four students spent the summer working at the Church of Northern India, working on anti-human trafficking measures. A number of other NGOs have expressed interest in U.S. law students in future years.