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 13 June 2022 (by noon Paris time) to be considered for the 2022-2023 academic year. There is no possibility to apply for or join these courses once the Fall 2022 semester has commenced.

An online information session will be organized on June 2, 2022 at 3 pm (Paris time), admitted students at PSIA will receive an invitation with a zoom link. 

Sciences Po Law School Clinic Programs and Eligibility Criteria
ClinicEligible 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 either in French or English).

Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovation (RISE) 

First-Year students taking the concentration in Project Management

French C1 level (the coursework is taught in French; some projects can be either in 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.

French C1 level. 

Justice Environnementale et Transition Ecologique  (JETE) 

First-Year Master in Environmental Policy students. 

French C1 level (the coursework is taught in French, some projects can be either in French or English). 

Students registered in a dual degree program or the one-year master program in global studies are also eligible.

Sciences Po Law School Clinic Rules

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.

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).

Clinics are Worth 16-18 ECTS

Clinics consists of three ECTS courses (the Fall Semester Clinic Seminar, the Spring Semester Clinic Seminar and one Mandatory Clinic Elective over the course of one semester). In total, these three courses, which combine training in both theoretical and practical approaches, are worth 16-18 ECTS depending on the Clinics.

Students who are admitted to a Clinic are not able to enroll 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.

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).

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).

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 Clinic's projects preselected : Projects selected for 2021-22 (project selected for 2022-2023 will be available here in the coming weeks).

 

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 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 13 June 2022, noon (Paris time). Applications will not be accepted after this time.

Written Application

Eligible Students will be able to apply via a Google form that will be available here by the end of May 2022. A Sciences Po Student email address is required to access these forms.

To be considered for admission in one of the 4 clinical programs, 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 the pre-selected HEDG projects available this year); if you apply for the JETE program, your motivation letter needs to focus on 2 of the pre-selected JETE projects available this year, etc.).
  • 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 25 June 2022. Please ensure you are available for a zoom 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 4 July 2022.

Important: the application to the Law Clinics is not compatible with the application to the Capstone Course “International Law in Action” offered as a Master core course in the Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. Students need to pick one or the other.

More details about 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. “Justice Environnementale et Transition Ecologique” (JETE) Clinic

Further details on each of these clinics is available hereafter.

"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 lasts one year. In addition to the year-long Clinic Seminar itself, students must also take a mandatory elective course in their first (Fall) semester, "Socio-Economic Rights and Development: From Theory to Action," taught by Jeremy Perelman at PSIA (18 ECTS in total). If possible, PSIA HEDG students are also encouraged to select the course "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Law and Practice in a Changing World" taught by Sylvain Aubry in English at PSIA in the Fall. To do so, they should consult their PSIA academic team.
The Clinic Seminar validates the Enhanced Master Option requirement for the Fall and the Spring semesters. The mandatory elective course counts as a master core course in the Fall semester. The course taught by Sylvain Aubry can be taken as a special feature.

Eligible Students: First-Year Human Rights and Humanitarian Action students only. Dual degree students and students registered in the one-year degree at PSIA who are enrolled in the Human Rights and Humanitarian Action program.

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.

Find out more about the HEDG Program.

"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 courses are taught in French: an advanced level (C1) is therefore required to participate.

Clinic Structure: the RISE Clinic lasts one year. In addition to the year-long Clinic Seminar itself, students must also take a mandatory elective course“Innovation sociale : agir pour une transition durable” taught in the Fall semester by Romain Slitine at PSIA (18 ECTS in total). Both courses are taught in French (but some discussions will be held in English). 

  • For students registered in a simple 2-year degree at PSIA:
    • Semester 1: The Clinic Seminar validates the Project Management requirement for the Fall semester and the mandatory elective course counts as a “special feature”
    • Semester 2: The Clinic Seminar validates the Project Management requirement for the Spring semester
  • For students registered in a dual degree or a one-year degree at PSIA:
    • Semester 1: The Clinic Seminar validates the Project Management requirement for the Fall semester and the mandatory elective course counts as the second Project Management course that needs to be taken during the first year at PSIA. Students will take 2 master core courses instead of 3.
    • Semester 2: The Clinic Seminar validates the Project Management requirement for the Spring semester. Students will take 3 master core courses instead of 2.

Eligible Students: First-Year students taking the Project Management concentration only. Dual degree students and students registered in the one-year degree at PSIA who have selected the Project Management concentration.

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

Find out more about the RISE Project.

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

Students selected for the MIGRATIONS Clinic will work on projects focused 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 (C1).

Clinic Structure: The Migrations Clinic lasts one year. In addition to the year-long 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 (16 ECTS in total). Both courses are taught in French.

  • For students who have selected Migration as a concentration: the Clinic Seminar validates the Migration requirement for the Fall semester and the mandatory elective course counts as a “special feature”, unless they have also selected the Enhanced Master Option if eligible. If so, they can take the Clinic Seminar as their Enhanced Master course and the mandatory elective course as a course that validates the requirement of the migration concentration. In this case, since this elective course is only 4 ECTS, students would have to also be registered in an optional course Special feature or Language).
  • For students registered in the Master in Human Rights & Humanitarian action who have not selected migration as a concentration: the Clinic Seminar counts as the Enhanced Master course and the mandatory elective course counts as a special feature.
  • For students registered in a dual degree or a one-year degree at PSIA: they will have to follow this structure:
    • Semester 1: 2 Master Core courses and 2 Migration concentration courses (the Clinic Seminar and the Elective course) + an optional course (Special feature or Language).
    • Semester 2: 3 master core courses and 1 Migration concentration course (the Clinic Seminar)

Eligible Students: First-Year students taking the Concentration in Migration. First-Year Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action students taking the 'Enhanced Master' option. Dual degree students and students registered in the one-year degree at PSIA who have selected the Migrations concentration or are enrolled in the Human Rights and Humanitarian Action program.

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.

Find out more about the Migration Program.

“Justice Environnementale et Transition Ecologique” (JETE) Clinic

Students selected for the JETE Clinic will work on projects focused on environmental issues. While some of the team projects can be in either French or English, the program and courses are taught in French: a good advanced level (C1) is therefore required to participate.

Clinic Structure: The JETE Clinic lasts one year. In addition to the year-long Clinic seminar itself, students must take a mandatory elective course “Introduction au droit de l’environnement et techniques de mise en oeuvre” taught by Luca d'Ambrosio at PSIA in the Spring semester (18 ECTS in total). Both courses are taught in French. the Clinic Seminar validates the Enhanced Master Option requirement for the Fall and the Spring semesters. The mandatory elective course counts as a master core course in the Spring Semester in the “Governance” block taken in addition to a master core course in the “Climate” block.

For students registered in a dual degree or a one-year degree at PSIA: the Clinic Seminar validates the master core course that needs to be taken in the “Governance” block; the mandatory elective course counts as a special feature course in the Spring Semester taken in addition to a master core course in the mandatory block on “Climate”.

Eligible Students: First-Year Students enrolled in the Master in Environmental Policy. Dual degree students and students registered in the one-year degree at PSIA who are enrolled in the Environmental Policy program.

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.

Find out more about the JETE Program.

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

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