RCLS Student Scholars 2020-2021 Program Applications Now Open

The Reiss Center on Law and Security (RCLS) is currently accepting applications to its cohort of RCLS Student Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

All rising 2L and 3L students at NYU School of Law are eligible to apply, with preference given to students who have taken higher-level coursework in national security, international law, or related topics.

The Student Scholars program is an unparalleled opportunity to work with renowned scholars and practitioners and will appeal to students interested in careers in national security and foreign policy both in and out of government. Research opportunities and programmatic activities will touch on areas such as constitutional law, U.S. foreign relations law, international humanitarian and human rights law, civil liberties, as well as related policy topics. Student Scholars will also work with the editors of the online forum Just Security.

Previous Student Scholars have: had pieces published under their bylines in Just Security; contributed to original research and an innovative new platform on war powers; helped shape and prepare the topics and substance of Reiss Center programming; and attended private Reiss Center sessions with high-level experts, as well as been sponsored for participation in external conferences.

Founded in 2003 and renamed in 2018, the Reiss Center is a non-partisan multidisciplinary research institute at NYU School of Law. The Reiss Center is engaged in innovative research and programming, and undertakes activities focused on both breaking developments and long-standing issues in national security law and strategy. In all its work, the Reiss Center studies national security law and practice against the backdrop of an era defined by significant change—from geopolitical developments to rapid technological advances—as well as enduring challenges. Our program of study includes three core areas: National Security at Home: Domestic Law, Policy, and ProcessUse of Force and Emerging Security Threats; and National Security in a Shifting Geopolitical Context. The Reiss Center is also home to Just Security, the online forum on law, rights, and national security.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Competitive candidates will possess:
  • Strong, demonstrated research and writing skills;
  • Enthusiasm for contributing to the Reiss Center’s mission and work;
  • Professional experience in related fields—including national security, foreign policy, and/or journalism—as a plus.
Position Description:
  • Student Scholars will contribute to the Center’s mission through in-house research for the Executive Director and by working with the Just Security team.
  • Fellows affiliated with the Center—who include the former homeland security adviser to President Barack Obama and a former deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council, among many others—will also be able to draw upon the pool of Student Scholars for research assistance, as will the Center’s Faculty Directors.
  • There may be opportunities to provide research and publish writing with Just Security.
  • Additionally, Student Scholars will be expected to attend the Center’s events and panel discussions where possible; will be invited to participate in certain RCLS private convenings; and will be encouraged to participate in the national security law and policy community that the Center works to cultivate at NYU Law.
  • The Student Scholar program will commence at the beginning of September 2020 and conclude at the end of the school year, with potential for ongoing assignments during summer 2021 if mutually desirable.
  • Student Scholars will be asked to commit to approximately 8-12 compensated research hours per week, with the understanding that the hours may change or fluctuate week by week based on the needs of the Center and its affiliated people.
  • Flexibility and professionalism in completing assignments are a must.
Interested students should submit a cover letter detailing qualifications, including research assistance experience; resume; brief writing sample; and unofficial law school transcript to RCLS Director of Operations and Strategic Development Sarvenaz Bakhtiar at rcls.law@nyu.edu.
Applications should be submitted by end of day on April 29, 2020. Finalists will participate in a subsequent live (remote) interview.

Please note: We understand that current circumstances are challenging. Students who are interested in this opportunity but are unable to meet the required deadline should contact us to discuss potential solutions, at the email listed above.