The Salzburg Cutler Fellows program, under the auspices of the non-profit Cutler Center for the Rule of Law, is designed to develop outstanding students who are interested in international law and legal practice. At a two-day event in Washington, DC, the program brings together law professors, judges, practitioners, and law students to develop networks, build leadership skills, and explore research areas of private and public international law.
Participating students are chosen only from 14 top US law schools and, once nominated by their institutions, will present their original research papers for comment during the Washington, DC event. Michigan Law sends four students each year. Both JD (2L or 3L) and LLM students are eligible to apply. All selected students will have their travel expenses fully funded by the Law School.
The Washington, DC, session typically takes place in February, according to the following sample schedule:
- Thursday: Welcome dinner for all participants.
- Friday: Small group sessions to discuss student papers; short talks, panels, and networking opportunities; dinner for all participants.
- Saturday: “Looking beyond Law School” program.
About the Program
What is the cost?
Michigan Law School will cover the cost of transportation and up to two nights of shared accommodations in Washington, DC. Meals will be provided by the Salzburg Global Seminar.
Who is eligible to apply?
2L, 3L, and LLM students are invited to apply. Students with strong international experience and/or backgrounds are particularly encouraged. A maximum of four students will be nominated by Michigan Law School.
Complete applications include the following:
- Cover letter explaining your background and interest in the Salzburg Cutler Program
- Unofficial Michigan Law School transcript
- Resume or CV
- Two-page abstract
Your abstract should be two pages long and describe the research topic you propose presenting during the small group sessions. The abstract should outline an issue or question of international law that will be developed into a research paper, journal note, or other publication. Abstracts based on articles or papers currently in development for other purposes (seminars, independent study, law review, etc.) are strongly encouraged.
Prior to the event, students will develop their abstract into a five to eight-page executive summary under the supervision of a Michigan Law faculty member. This year's Michigan Law Cutler Fellows Program faculty representative is Professor James Hathaway. At the event, executive summaries will be reviewed by participating lawyers, judges, professors, and students in small breakout sessions, arranged by subject matter.