The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law

A Select Path to International Business

For students interested in pursuing a career in international business law, the International Business Law Fellowship Program offers an outstanding educational experience.

Student fellows are invited to attend all programs of the International Business Law Center, including special programs to introduce them to the many facets of international business law. In the upperclass years, IBL fellows take a wide assortment of courses in the international and business fields to provide the necessary background for successful practice. Each fellow is assigned a faculty advisor each year who teaches in the fellow's area of interest; the advisor tracks the student's academic progress, offers advice on employment opportunities, and monitors his or her research project. Fellows enroll at Brooklyn Law School from all over the United States and around the world. This diversity enhances the study of international law.

Our fellows have come to us from Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Guyana, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

Selection of Fellows
International Business Law Fellowships are awarded annually to a select group of promising rising 2L students attending Brooklyn Law School after their first year; part-time students are eligible after their second year.

Applicants must be in the top 25 percent of the class and apply by August 1. The application must include a statement of why you want to participate in the program, a copy of your transcript and current resume and one recommendation letter from a faculty member. If accepted as a fellow you will be invited to all center events and write a paper on an international business law topic which is required for all fellows which is presented in the spring semester.

Scholarship Assistance 
Fellows receive an annual scholarship equivalent to the value of the Brooklyn Law School Lisle Scholarship. This scholarship replaces any other merit scholarship awarded by the Law School. If a fellow is awarded a merit scholarship by the Law School that is higher than the Fellowship Program scholarship, the fellow receives the higher amount. Renewal of a fellowship scholarship is contingent upon the fellow maintaining a cumulative academic rank in the top 40 percent of his or her graduating class at the end of each spring semester at the Law School, and full participation in fellowship activities and internships.

Course Work and Writing Opportunities
Fellows follow a required curriculum of international and business law courses.  Before graduation, all fellows are required to complete a research paper of publishable quality – under the close supervision of a Center faculty member – on an international business law topic of their choice. This allows students to satisfy the School's upperclass writing requirement while pursuing a scholarly topic of interest to them. An article written for a journal may qualify. Fellows formally present their papers to the other fellows and faculty during the last semester of enrollment.

Mentoring Programs
All fellows are annually assigned a faculty advisor – a member of the Steering Committee of the Center – who teaches in the fellow’s area of interest. The advisor tracks the student’s academic progress, offers advice concerning employment opportunities, and monitors his or her research project.

Watch video from the IBL Symposium: What Law Governs International Commercial Contracts? Divergent Doctrines and the New Hague Principles

Have questions? We have answers.

Brooklyn Law School
Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law
Attn: Joanne Ferris
Fellowship Program
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201