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Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law


FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) Summer Ethics Fellowship for Law Students and Recent Graduates

FASPE Law is a fully-funded, two-week summer program that uses the conduct of lawyers and judges in Nazi Germany as a launching point for an intensive study in contemporary legal ethics. FASPE Law is predicated upon the power of place. Fellows visit Auschwitz and other sites in Germany and Poland where they consider how to apply the lessons of history to the ethical challenges they will face in their careers. In 2017, the program will take place from Sunday, May 21 to Friday, June 2. (Fellows are expected to arrive in Europe by Saturday, May 20.) All program costs are covered, including round-trip travel from New York to Europe, European travel, lodging, and food. FASPE Law Fellows travel and share some seminars with Fellows in the FASPE Business and Journalism programs.

FASPE Law is now accepting applications for its 2017 Law program and it’s open to current JD and LLM students and those who received a JD or LLM between May 2016 and January 2017. It is designed to address ethical challenges in all fields of law, including the private sector, public interest organizations, and the government. FASPE staff is happy to talk with applicants concerned about potential conflicts with clerkships or bar preparation. For a list of previous Fellows, please click here.

Completed applications are due by Thursday, January 12, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Thorin R. Tritter, Executive Director of FASPE at

Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law - 2016 Summer Internship Program

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2016 Summer Internship Program.

The Summer Internship Program offers professional and graduate level students an opportunity to engage with efforts to promote and protect the rule of law in national and international security practice.  Summer interns will enhance their theoretical and practical understanding of ethics and rule of law values in contemporary asymmetric warfare as well as address critical and cutting-edge problems facing national security experts today. Interns in the Program will work as a team under the supervision of CERL’s leadership, and will participate in CERL’s on-going activities: assisting in the preparation of CERL’s upcoming conferences, workshops, and other public programs; contributing to CERL’s academic publications; and drafting briefing papers for policymakers and media outlets. Interns will meet once a week for lunch as a group to hear presentations by guest speakers, discuss work in progress, and engage in planning activities relating to CERL’s ongoing activities. Please visit the CERL site to learn more.

Law students, as well as graduate students from other disciplines related to CERL’s mission interested in examining the intersection of rule of law values, applied ethics, and national security are encouraged to apply. In some instances CERL will accept applications from advanced undergraduates. Summer stipends will be offered for qualified applicants on a competitive basis; applicants funded from outside sources are also welcome to apply. The internship program will last eight weeks, from Tuesday, May 31, 2016, to Friday, July 22, 2016. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV or resume, and names and contact information of two referees. The application deadline is Friday, March 11, 2016. Please address any inquiries about CERL’s 2016 Summer Internship Program to

No Longer Accepting Applications

Please check back for details on the 2017 Summer Internship Program