Independent Clinical with the DOJ Counterterrorism Section

Are you interested in counterterrorism policy and prosecution and related national security matters? This is to inform you of an opportunity for HLS students to perform research and analytical work with the Counterterrorism Section (CTS) and the Office of Law and Policy (OL&P), of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice as an independent clinical project, with Professors Heymann and Rosenberg acting as faculty sponsors. The program has been offered for the past eight years, and the terms for continuing it next year have been concluded in an updated Memorandum of Understanding between the faculty sponsors and with the principals at the DOJ. 

The program will require students to perform clinical work during the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters. In addition, in the unlikely event an emergency project arises, students may be called upon to work during the Winter term (but only if such work does not conflict with the students’ normal Winter Term course obligations). Admission into the program is selective; to maximize the education value of challenging work and close supervision, enrollment will be limited to no more than five students. Selection will be based on a student’s academic performance, relevant experience, professional recommendations, and interest in the subject matter. All admitted students must also satisfy the security clearance requirements for the Department of Justice Volunteer Internship Program, sign a confidentiality agreement, and attend a mandatory orientation session in Cambridge at the beginning of the Fall semester. 

Clinical credits are awarded through the Independent Clinical Work Program. Grading is Credit/Fail. Students earn 1 clinical credit each semester in the Fall and Spring terms, for 2 total clinical credits in the year.  Students must satisfactorily complete the program through the end of the Spring semester before credits and grades are recorded on students’ transcripts. Due to the highly confidential nature of this program, students have the following independent clinical requirements waived: final paper and weekly emails. Per clinical program policies, students may only enroll in one clinical per term, and thus enrollment in this clinical program precludes students from enrolling in any other clinical during the Fall and Spring semesters.

You may obtain further information about the HLS-CTS Independent Clinical offering by reading the finalized Memorandum of Understanding outlining the terms for next year’s program. This clinical program offers an extraordinary opportunity for both public service and professional training.

To Apply

Submit your most recent academic transcript and resume to Kim Peterson (, Assistant to David Rosenberg, on or before 4 p.m. on July 8, 2011. 

Last modified: February 23, 2012

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