Harvard Law is adding a new program to help students from the US and around the world pursue graduate degrees in international law.
The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the graduate program in international relations, is launching a program aimed at the world’s most populous nation.SIPa, a program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will train more than 100 students a year to become a global lawyer.
The new program will teach students how to navigate the legal landscape and engage in international business.
“This new program is a response to the fact that there is an enormous need for graduates in international human rights, law, public policy, law enforcement, and public administration,” said John W. Whitehead, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation.
“SIPas goal is to provide these students with the tools they need to be successful in their new careers.
SIPas graduates are often at the very top of their field, making a significant impact in their chosen fields.”
To be eligible to enroll in SIPa and gain a master’s degree, students must be citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.
They must also pass a US or international law exam, a three-year undergraduate program, and be at least 20 years old by the time they graduate.
The program is set to launch in 2018.
The university is partnering with SIPA to create the new graduate program, which is designed to provide students the opportunity to study international law and its application to international policy, Whitehead said.
The SIPAs program aims to help provide the students with skills and experience that will help them navigate the international legal landscape, such as navigating the rules of conflict resolution, legal representation, international business law, and international relations.
The new graduate programs are designed to prepare students to enter the global arena of global governance and policy, where they will be required to be international legal professionals.
The Knight Foundation is also partnering with other partners in the global law and business community, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, to provide mentorship to the incoming students.