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East Asian Legal Studies is the United States’ oldest and most extensive academic program devoted to the study of the law and legal history of the nations and peoples of East Asia and their interaction with the United States. The program was created in 1965 in response to increasing interest among lawyers and scholars of international and comparative law in the legal cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
The Law School offers instruction on the legal systems of East Asia and sponsors in-depth research conducted by scholars in residence. Joint programs of study can also be arranged on an individual basis with other parts of Harvard University. An active extracurricular program includes a lunchtime speaker series that combines lectures and discussions on Asian legal themes in an informal setting, a workshop series providing a more formal setting for the presentation of research projects, and foreign language discussion groups on legal issues.
EALS is directed by William P. Alford and guided by a faculty advisory committee comprised of Professor Alford and Professors Mark Ramseyer and Mark Wu and is funded by independent grants and charitable contributions.
NOTICE: Seeking expressions of interest in the Orrick Fellows Program on African law and development
The East Asian Legal Studies program at Harvard Law School is seeking brief expressions of interest from students in the Orrick Fellows Program supporting student projects related to law and development in Africa. Preference will be accorded to applicants with past experience and a demonstrated commitment to living and working in Africa. Interested students should send a short email to East Asian Legal Studies Associate Director Alonzo Emery (firstname.lastname@example.org) indicating your interest in learning more about the program and/or asking any questions you might have. Background on the Orrick Fellows Program can be found below and more details on the program, and how to apply, will be made available later in the summer.
The Orrick Fellows Program was established in 2018, thanks to the generosity of the international law firm of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Harvard alumni. The Fellows Program is designed to support students in the study of law and development in Africa, with preference accorded to applicants with past experience and a demonstrated commitment to living and working in Africa.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is an international law firm focused on the technology, energy and infrastructure and finance sectors globally. Working in markets across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, Orrick has been named to Law360’s Global 20 list six times in recognition of the wide scope and global reach of its practice. Among its many offices around the world, Orrick maintains a vital presence in Western Africa through its affiliated office in Abidjan. The American Lawyer has ranked Orrick in the top-ten U.S. firms providing pro bono contributions both in the U.S. and internationally.
The Orrick Fellows Program is administered by East Asian Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and is intended principally to support Harvard Law School students, but applications will also be considered from students from other parts of the University, with a preference for projects concerning issues of law, development, governance, and the economy. Projects by Harvard Law School students may involve independent study projects, independent clinical projects, work done in conjunction with a course, or a summer public interest placement.
The Orrick Fellows Program recently funded projects involving the Africa-China relationship.
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