Developing the next generation of international business lawyers

The International Business Law Fellowship (IBL) Program offers an outstanding educational experience for students who plan to pursue careers in this area of the law. IBL Fellows are invited to attend all programs of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law, including unique programs designed to introduce them to the specialization.

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. IBL Fellows also participate in a variety of mentoring and enrichment experiences that prepare them to launch fulfilling careers in international business law.

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.


Fellowships are awarded annually to a select group of promising students after completion of the first year and part-time students after completion of the second year. Applicants must be in the top 25 percent of their class and demonstrate a strong interest and background in international business law.

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.


Applications for the IBL Fellowship are due on August 1 of the year before the fellowship year. You may request more information from Elysia Padilla:

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.


All IBL fellows benefit from close mentoring by the Center co-directors who guide students in planning their academic curriculum, finding IBL-related extracurricular activities or externships, and assisting students in producing a paper on an international business topic.

International Business Law Fellows

Meet the recent International Business Law Fellows.

Dennis J. Block Center for International Business Law
Fellowship Program
Attn: Elysia Padilla
250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201