​​​​​International Semester-in-Practice (SiP) Externships give students the opportunity to expand their legal knowledge and skills through semester long apprenticeships with intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and international firms and associations.  Under the supervision of an experienced mentor​, students can earn academic credit while gaining insight into what the practice and profession of the law can be.  


Previous Participants

Spring 2015- ​Refugee Legal Aid Project (RLAP)- Cairo, Egypt

Ivy Garlow (JD '16) spent her spring semester in Cairo, Egypt at the Refugee Legal Aid Project (RLAP) at Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services.  RLAP provides advise, counseling, referrals, rep​resentation, interview preparation and advocacy for asylum seekers and refugees in Egypt.  The legal team helps individuals and communities to understand their rights and responsibilities within the law, to identify and assist refugees with serious and urgent needs, and to support refugees through the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) processes including status determination, protection, and resettlement. They also represent clients in filing request for reviews with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). 
Ivy’s semester was full of new experiences – from the streets of Cairo to the busy office and the unending stream of clients in desperate need of help.  She returned to VLS in Fall 2015 as a Schweitzer Fellow, developing a project to help Vermont’s refugee population.  Her final year promises to bring exciting opportunities to engage in immigration work through the clinic or in the community. In the future, she plans to pursue a career representing refugees and asylum seekers. Her experience during her SiP has helped her to gain invaluable experience to this end. 

Spring 2015- ​International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda​- The Hague, Netherlands​​

"In my last semester of law school, I served as a legal intern for a judge in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He also served on the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The two appeals chambers shared quarters in a large building in The Hague, home of several United Nations courts and tribunals, as well as dozens of international organizations. I spent four months living in a tiny apartment near the beach at the edge of the city, a ten-minute bicycle ride from the tribunal where I worked.

The tribunal building was a beehive of judges, legal officers and interns, with a busy court docket. My office was in the basement of the six-story building in a room shared with seven other interns from Europe, Central America, Australia and Central Asia. My main focus was to assist the judge and his legal officer on the last appeals judgment of the ICTR, while keeping up with pending appeals decisions and interlocutory appeals. By happy chance, I was also able to join a ten-day trip to Tanzania to attend the final hearing of the ICTR in Arusha. The legal issues involved complex areas of international criminal law and humanitarian law. Plenty of opportunity to learn!"

Amelia Darrow (JD '15)


Some past international Semester-in-Practice placements:

Organization Location
Fundacion Ambio San Jose, Costa Rica
Paz Horowitz Abogados Quito, Ecuador
TNT Solicitors & Oury Clark Solicitors London, England
Foreign Commercial Service / US Mission to the EU Brussels, Belgium
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia The Hague, Netherlands
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Arusha, Tanzania
T.M.C. Asser Institute The Hague, Netherlands
Belgian Nuclear Research Centre Mol, Belgium
POCH y Asociados Santiago, Chile
Enviro-Legal Defence Firm (ELDF) Uttar Pradesh, India
Citizen Consumer & Civil Action Group (CAG) Chennai, India
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Nairobi, Kenya
TMI Associates Tokyo, Japan
World Wildlife Fund Antananarivo, Madagascar
World Wildlife Fund Asia
Port Authority of Barcelona Barcelona, Spain
International Stem Cell Forum, Ethics Working Party Montreal, Canada
Spamer Triebel Inc. Cape Town, South Africa
United Nations Volunteers Bonn, Germany
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Legal Office Rome, Italy
Maritime New Zealand Wellington New Zealand
M Ravi & Co Singapore
Jerald Gomez & Associates Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
U.S. Embassy, Economic Section Brussels, Belgium
Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (CEDHA) Córdoba, Argentina
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) Washington, D.C.
China Environment Forum (CEF) Washington, D.C.
Global Justice Center New York City
Commission for Environmental Cooperation Montreal, Canada
Ministry of Fisheries Wellington New Zealand
Yehuda Raveh & Co. Law Offices Jerusalem, Israel
Beijing Arbitration Commission Beijing, China
InterAmerican Association for Environmental Defense & Fiscalia del Medio Ambiente Santiago, Chile
Greenpeace Beijing, China