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Harvard Law School’s global focus is central to its legal inquiry. Each year, students travel to countries throughout the world to work, study, and conduct legal research. HLS has a number of resources available to assist students traveling abroad. Any student traveling abroad should first become familiar with the resources and requirements detailed on these pages.
Prior to international travel, HLS students should be sure to do the following:
In addition, HLS students should review Harvard's Global Support Services' travel risk ratings. Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must:
This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel. Please be aware that HLS may advise against -- and may even withhold support for -- travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk.
Further information regarding preparation for travel abroad can be found on Harvard’s Global Support Services web page as well as on these international travel pages. Students report that their experiences overseas are more successful if they plan their trips carefully.
Working or studying in a foreign country can be an exciting and rewarding experience. HLS encourages students to seek out international opportunities that will enrich their law school studies and facilitate the fulfillment of their academic and professional goals. There are many frameworks for HLS students to travel abroad, including study abroad, clinical projects, independent research and writing projects, summer public interest internships, law firm summer associateships, student organization trips, and faculty-led courses. Students may find additional information about international opportunities through the following people and offices, as well as relevant research centers and programs, and faculty members.
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