About the Student Scholar Program


We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 - 2020 Student Scholars Program.
See information below.

Through research and writing, Student Scholars at the Institute will spend one academic year contributing to USALI’s legal reform projects in China and elsewhere in East Asia. These include promoting criminal justice reform, public interest lawyering, labor rights, and anti-discrimination. 

Student Scholars will receive guidance and feedback from USALI’s directors and staff as part of NYU Law’s Directed Research program (which offers 2 academic credits). Scholars will be given the opportunity to engage with USALI visiting scholars, who come this year from five East Asian legal jurisdictions.

 
 

Testimonials from Previous Student Scholars

The Student Scholars program provided me a venue to discuss issues that I care about and learn more about issues in international law. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss theory and its application in real life. I also liked the way that the group tied into classes and other USALI events, and how we were able to interact with practitioners and researchers working in Asia and with international interests. —Former Student Scholar (2017)

The Student Scholars program was a great opportunity to start building connections with other Asia-focused law students and with professionals. I hope to some day work with the other scholars and with USALI on Asia/International Law issues, so these connections are valuable to me. —Former Student Scholar (2017)

 


Applications open every autumn, and preference is given to NYU Law Students proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese.

For more information, email us.


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In the past three years, USALI has hosted dialogues with International Court of Justice Judge Xue Hanqin (薛捍勤), Cardinal Joseph Zen (陈日君), former Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), Hong Kong student activist Joshua Wong (黃之鋒) and pioneering China investor and TPG Capital founder David Bonderman.

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The U.S-Asia Law Institute (USALI) is currently accepting applications for its annual Student Scholars program, an exciting year-long opportunity to produce independent research related to the Institute’s ongoing projects.

The selection process is competitive, and successful student scholars will meet regularly as a group to discuss important legal issues facing the region, meet with the Institute’s world-renowned visiting scholars and receive guidance and support from USALI staff.  Students are expected to commit time to the Institute each week and contribute to the work of the Institute.

Through the year, there may also be exclusive opportunities to participate in USALI programming featuring visits from top legal experts.

Who: 
You!  Current NYU Law Students.

What:
Interested applicants should send a current CV and statement of interest to USALI’s general email (usali.nyu@gmail.com). Proficiency in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Vietnamese is preferred, but not required.  Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview before final selections are made.

When: 
Deadline for applications is September 28, 2019

What is the Program:
Led by Professor Jerome A. Cohen and Executive Director Katherine Wilhelm, USALI is one of America’s preeminent research centers for the study of the legal systems of Asia, with particular focus on law in Mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan. It works to improve popular, professional, and scholarly understanding of these jurisdictions through comparative law and international law programs and publications.

Through research and writing, Student Scholars at the Institute will spend one academic year contributing to USALI’s legal reform projects in China and elsewhere in East Asia. These include promoting criminal justice reform, public interest lawyering, labor rights, and anti-discrimination. Starting in late September, we host a group of East Asian lawyers, judges, and scholars who will spend more than two weeks learning how the US criminal justice system deals with wrongful convictions work in New York. We are planning a similar extended workshop on evidence law in the spring. Space permitting, Student Scholars are encouraged to attend these programs.

Student Scholars will receive guidance and feedback from USALI’s directors and staff as part of NYU Law’s Directed Research program (which offers 2 academic credits). Scholars will be given the opportunity to engage with USALI visiting scholars, who come this year from five East Asian legal jurisdictions.

Students pursuing credit should anticipate a commitment of 5-10 hours per week.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact either:

Alexis Agliano Sanborn
(212) 998-6696
aba375@nyu.edu

Eli Blood-Patterson
(212) 998-6194
elias.bloodpatterson@nyu.edu