Center for International Law and Justice

International Student Opportunities


The CILJ is developing an array of scholarly, educational and pragmatic initiatives that complement its mission and objectives.


International Law Scholars Program

  • The International Law Program (ILSP) is a specialized program designed for a select number of students interested in making a substantial commitment to the study and practice of international law and foreign affairs. Students that are selected for the program are required to attend a number of events, lectures, symposia, and conferences hosted by the Center for International Law and Justice (CILJ) each academic year. ILSP students are assigned a faculty mentor that advises them on research opportunities, study abroad programs, international law internships, fellowships and career opportunities. Eight full-time faculty members serve as CILJ affiliated faculty.

    International Law Scholars Program Application

International Law Track

  • The International Law Track (ILT) is designed for students interested in receiving information on international law-related events, and opportunities at Florida A&M University College of Law (FAMU COL), but that are not interested in making a substantial commitment to the study and practice of international law and foreign affairs.  Students on the ILT will receive information about upcoming events, lectures, or symposiums hosted by the Center for International Law and Justice (CILJ).

    International Law Track Application

International Human Rights Law Fellowship

  • Each year the CILJ awards one international human rights fellowship to a first or second year law student. The fellowship consists of a research assistantship with CILJ. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage students from minority groups, particularly those with international interests, to specialize in international law and increase the number of scholars/practitioners with expertise in the developing world. The Fellowship aims to evolve the student’s intellectual prowess and pragmatic sensibilities about important international law and policy issues through one-on-one mentoring with the Director of the Center for International Law and Justice(CILJ)and the affiliated faculty and through formal instruction.

Prospective full-time law students with at least a 3.00 G.P.A. are eligible to apply. Candidates with master’s degrees are especially encouraged to apply. 

Human Rights Fellowship Application (pdf)

Certificate in Human Rights Law and Global Justice Studies

  • The CILJ has developed a Certificate in Human Rights and Global Justice for Florida A&M University College of Law students and those from other institutions interested in specializing in the field of human rights and international criminal law. An application  MUST be completed by any student that desires to obtain the Certificate in International Human Rights Law and Global Justice Studies.

International Law Internship Program

  • The International Law Internship Program (ILIP) supports student participation in an array of international law or foreign affairs-related internships, fellowship and other experiential and advocacy-based activities in the US and beyond. The International Law Internship enhances and reinforce knowledge and skills acquired in law school; provides the student intern with the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in a professional work environment and with the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of law and/or the development and implementation of policy in an international setting and/or to the practice of international law broadly construed.
  • In the past four years, CILJ has organized and placed students in 22 international law internships in 15 institutions around the world including, but not limited to the: USG (CIA, State Department, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Dept. of the Interior and U.S. federal courts); international institutions NATO (Brussels), INTERPOL (Bangkok), OAS, (Washington, D.C.) WHO (Geneva), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda-ICTR (Arusha), Caribbean Court of Justice-CCJ (Trinidad); and a host of other entities such as the Supreme Court of Ghana and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

International Law Internship Program Policy (pdf)
International Law Internship Registration Form (pdf)

Annual Student International Law Essay Contest

  • The CILJ sponsors an essay contest on an issue of global concern. All COL students are eligible to participate in the contest that offers a $1,000 prize. In Spring 2010, the essay theme will be related to the foreign policy objectives of President Barack Obama.

Research and Advocacy Programs

  • Develop a range of research-related and advocacy-based activities that forge new scholarship on cutting-edge issues facing the developing world including its intersections with the West. These activities will foster synergy and partnerships with institutions within and outside of FAMU. The CILJ will lead one such initiative through the establishment and management of a Yearbook on International and Comparative Law in the Developing World (YICLDW) that will focus exclusively on Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East and be peer reviewed using external editors of international repute, internal editors and student assistance. The YICLDW will develop an international research profile for the COL, build stronger bonds among FAMU COL faculty and those at external institutions, and stimulate intellectual synergy among COL faculty and between faculty and students.

Henry J. Richardson, III International Law Student Association (HJR-ILSA)

The mission of the Henry J. Richardson, III International Law Student Association (HJR-ILSA) is: 

  • To develop a new generation of international lawyers dedicated to the preservation of humanism in the law and the plight of the developing world;
  • To educate and empower students around the world in the principles and purposes of international law, international organizations and institutions, and comparative legal systems, through activities that include academic conferences, the publication of books, magazines, and other academic resources;
  • To encourage communication among students and lawyers from different parts of the world in an effort to promote international understanding and cooperation in general, and the advancement of legal education in particular;
  • To contribute to legal education, foster mutual understanding and to promote social responsibility of students and lawyers;
  • To provide opportunities for law students and lawyers to learn about other cultures and legal systems in a spirit of critical dialogue and international cooperation;
  • To assist law students and lawyers to be internationally-minded and professionally skilled;
  • To assist in and encourage the development of international career resources and opportunities for internationally-minded students and lawyers; and
  • To engage in other activities related to the development and promotion of international law, study, and practice generally.

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • The Center for International Law and Justice (CILJ) highly encourages students to participate in study abroad programs.

    Studying abroad is a privilege and not a right. In order to be eligible to participate in any study abroad program students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 prior to requesting permission to study abroad. Students approved to participate in a study abroad program must register for International Study Abroad 1 (maximum three credits) and International Study Abroad 2 (maximum three credits) depending on the number of credits taken. These courses may be taken contemporaneously. Students may earn a maximum of six (6) study abroad credits towards law school graduation. For purposes of FAMU COL all international study abroad credit will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. For purposes of your academic transcript, students enrolled in a study abroad program will be credited for one or both of the following courses:


  1. International Law Study Abroad 1 (3 Credits)  LAW 6988 
  2. International Law Study Abroad 2 (3 Credits)  LAW 6989
  3. International Law Study Abroad 3 (3 Credits)  LAW 6907
  4. International Law Study Abroad 4 (3 Credits)  LAW 6908

Study Abroad Guide (pdf)
Study Abroad Application (pdf)
Study Abroad Opportunities
International Programs Transient Student Form (pdf)