Sciences Po Law School Clinic

Sciences Po Law School Clinic Programs

The Law School Clinics are selective one year long courses, offered to some Sciences Po students including certain PSIA programs. These selective programs provide valuable practical experience in the chosen field of study.

Places within the Clinics are limited and therefore participation is based on a competitive selection process. Please read the Clinic Rules, Selection Criteria and application procedure outlined below.

The deadline to apply is 17 June 2019 (by midnight Paris time) to be considered for the 2019-2020 academic year. There is no possibility to apply for or join these classes once the Fall 2019 semester has commenced.

CLINIC ELIGIBLE STUDENTSLANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

Human Rights, Economic Development, and Globalization (HEDG)

First year Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action students only.

English and some French (the coursework for the HEDG Clinic is taught in English but projects can be in either French or English).

Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation (RISE) 

First year Master in International Public Management students only.

French (the coursework is taught in French; some projects can be in either French or English).

Research and Assistance in the Field of Immigration And Asylum (Migrations)

First year students taking the Concentration in Migration. First Year Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action students can apply to take the course as special feature. 

French. 

Environmental Justice and Ecological Transition Clinic (JETE) 

First year Master in Environmental Policy students. 

French (the coursework is taught in French, some projects can be in either French or English). 

 Sciences Po Law School Clinic Rules   

1.       Clinics Require a One-Year Commitment  

Due to the specific requirements of the Clinic Programs and the responsibilities given to students, a one-year commitment is required for all Clinics (Fall and Spring semester).

The Clinic requires a significant time commitment from students. For example, Students may also be asked to continue working on their Clinic Projects in May-June, once they have completed their final exams.

 

2.       Clinics Involve Teamwork 

Students selected for the Clinics will be divided into smaller teams and assigned to work on projects within each program. All projects will be supervised by a clinical lecturer, and depending on the projects, by "tutors" (Law School Faculty members, doctoral students, lawyers, or legal experts working in business or NGOs).

 

3.       Clinics are Worth 12 ECTS 

Each Clinic consists of three 4 ECTS classes (the Fall Semester Clinic Seminar Class, the Spring Semester Clinic Seminar Class and the Mandatory Clinic Elective which is usually in the Fall semester).

In total, these three classes, which combine training in both theoretical and practical approaches, are worth 12 ECTS.

Students who are admitted to a Clinic are not able to enrol in a ‘Projets Collectifs’.

 

Selection Criteria 

 

Student selection and project assignment takes into account the student’s profile, her/his motivation, the specific requirements of selected projects, and the expectations of partners.

 

The following elements are particularly important:

 

1.       Student Motivation and Commitment.

Motivation to get involved throughout the academic year on the assigned project (even if the assigned project is not your first choice) and a commitment to follow all the academic requirements for the Clinic (i.e.: the dedicated clinical seminars + mandatory elective courses).

 

2.       Match between Student Background and Program Requirements.

The selection process takes into account a Student’s academic and professional background and the objectives of the Clinic, the selected program and the requirements of selected projects within this program (for example, language skills and experience, as well as professional and analytical rigor, team spirit, sense of initiative, etc).

 

3.       Language Skills

Depending on the project, bilingual language skills (French and English) may be required. This is the case in most projects within the RISE, JETE and Migrations Clinics. 

 

Application Process


The application consists of a written application and an interview.

Interested and eligible students should examine the projects preselected for next academic year. Please note that only HEDG, RISE, Migrations and the Environment Clinics are open to PSIA students:
Projects pre-selected for 2019-20 are available here.

All descriptions present the general objectives of the project. However, the objectives, methodology or work plan may evolve throughout the semester or the academic year… this is the professional life of a clinic. 

Please also read each project description all the way through and pay specific attention to the requirements for each project as well as the number of students per project. You should identify two projects for your application.

Deadline


The deadline to apply is 17 June 2019, midnight (Paris time). Applications will not be accepted after this time.

 

Written Application

Eligible Students can apply via these google forms. Please note there is a different form for the JETE Clinic.

For HEDG, RISE and Migrations: (apply here).
For JETE: (apply here). 

Please complete all elements of the form (your Name, Master’s program, and the selected Clinic program.  

For the HEDG, RISE and Migrations Clinics, students must include the following documents: 

- A motivation letter focusing on 2 preselected projects (in order of preference) you would like to apply for in the same clinical program (i.e. if you apply for the HEDG program, your motivation letter needs to focus on 2 of pre-selected HEDG projects available this year).

Your CV in English or French.

For the JETE Clinic only, there is a slightly different process and students must include the following documents:

- A motivation letter focusing on 1 JETE project you would like to apply for. Students may have the option to select a project from another clinic for a second choice (from HEDG, RISE or Migrations) but this is not compulsory and, if the project is not sufficiently related to environment (as determined by your Academic Advisor), it will not count towards your Environmental Policy Core Curriculum credits. Applicants should be aware that places in the JETE program are particularly limited.

Your CV in English or French.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. We will email you to confirm receipt of your application.

Interview Process

Shortlisted applications will be invited for interviews to be conducted between 20 June and 28 June 2019. Please ensure you are available for a skype or in person interview during these dates in the event your application is shortlisted.

The final selection will depend on needs for each Project and on the balance within each team.

 

 All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection by 3 July 2019.

 

The Clinic programs

Currently there are four Clinic programs that eligible PSIA students can apply for:

 

1.              "Human Rights, Economic Development, and Globalization" (HEDG) Clinic

2.              "Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation" (RISE) Clinic

3.              "Research and assistance in the field of immigration and asylum” (Migrations) Clinic

4.              “Environmental Justice and Ecological Transition” (JETE) Clinic

 

Further details on each of these clinics is available below.

"Human Rights, Economic Development, and Globalization" (HEDG) Clinic

Students selected for the HEDG Clinic work on projects assisting mostly non-governmental organizations to develop legal and extra-judicial strategies (research and documentation, advocacy etc.) that aim to remedy human rights violations by private and public actors of globalization and economic development, and engage with global justice issues more broadly.

 

Clinic Structure: the HEDG Clinic is one year. In addition to the year-long Clinic Seminar itself, students must also take a mandatory elective course in their first (Fall) semester, taught by Jeremy Perelman at PSIA (12 ECTS in total). Both courses are taught in English but the projects can be in English or French. PSIA HEDG students are also encouraged to select the course taught by Sylvain AUBRY at PSIA in the Fall.

 

Eligible Students: First Year Human Rights and Humanitarian Action Students only.

Language of Instruction: English and French (the coursework for the HEDG Clinic is taught in English but projects can be in either French or English).

Time Commitment: Clinical seminars entail 24 hours of training in classrooms per semester, which will take place on Thursdays from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm throughout the academic year. The Mandatory Elective is an additional 24 hours of contact time in the Fall semester. Teamwork on projects represents an average of half a day per week

"Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation” (RISE) Clinic

Students selected for the RISE Clinic work on projects relating to corporate social responsibility and social innovation initiatives, particularly in support of legal / CSR / ethics & compliance/human rights departments of companies, as well as in partnership with other actors and institutions from both the public and the private sector. While some of the team projects can be in either French or English, the program and classes are taught in French: a good level (B2+) is therefore required to participate.

Clinic Structure: the RISE Clinic is one year. In addition to the year-long Clinic Seminar itself, students must also take a mandatory elective courseResponsabilité Sociale et Gouvernance Globale” taught in the Fall semester by Luca d’Ambrosio at the Law school (12 ECTS in total). Both courses are taught in French.

Eligible Students: First Year Master in International Public Management students only.

Language of Instruction: French.

Time Commitment: Clinical seminars entail 24 hours of training in classrooms per semester, which will take place on Thursdays from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm throughout the academic year. The Mandatory Elective is an additional 24 hours of contact time in the Fall semester. Teamwork on projects represents an average of half a day per week

“Research and assistance in the field of immigration and asylum” (Migrations) Clinic

Students selected for the MIGRATIONS Clinic will work on projects focussed on legal / administrative assistance for migrants and asylum seekers. Students will also conduct empirical research projects for the association and its partners. The program is taught in French (a good level is required).

Clinic Structure: The Migrations Clinic is one year.  In addition to the Clinic seminar itself, students must take a mandatory elective course, “Droit européen des migrants” taught by Loic Azoulai in the Fall semester at the Law School. Both courses are taught in French.

Eligible Students: First Year Students taking the Concentration in Migration. First Year Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action students can apply to take the course as special feature. 

Language of Instruction: French.

Time Commitment: Clinical seminars entail 24 hours of training in classrooms per semester, which will take place on Thursdays from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm throughout the academic year. The Mandatory Elective is an additional 24 hours of contact time in the Fall semester. Teamwork on projects represents an average of half a day per week.

“Environmental Justice and Ecological Transition” (JETE) Clinic

Students selected for the JETE Clinic will work on projects focussed on environmental issues. While some of the team projects can be in either French or English, the program and classes are taught in French: a good level (B2+) is therefore required to participate.

Clinic Structure: The JETE Clinic is one year.  In addition to the Clinic seminar itself, students must take a mandatory elective course “Introduction au droit de l’environnement et techniques de mise en oeuvre” taught by Sébastien Mabile at PSIA in the Spring semester. Both courses are taught in French.

Eligible Students: First Year Students enrolled in the Master in Environmental Policy. 

 

Language of Instruction: French

Time Commitment: Clinical seminars entail 24 hours of training in classrooms per semester, which will take place on Thursdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. throughout the academic year. The Mandatory Elective is an additional 24 hours of contact time during the Spring semester. Teamwork on projects represents an average of half a day per week.

For further information about the Clinics, please contact: psia.clinicedd@sciencespo.fr

 

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