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Headlines for the Week of April 7, 2008

Reminder: OPT deadlines!

This is just a reminder that if you wish to apply for OPT, you can still do so. You must apply for OPT before completion of study. All forms must be received at US CIS by the last date of the term in which you are completing your degree. The International Center recommends that you submit your application at least 90 days before you want to start working on OPT. For more information, please click here for the OPT tutorial.

Opportunity for Free Master’s Degree at Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen offers a 1000 Euro/month stipend plus a tuition waiver for 22 months study in a 2 year Master’s degree to a non-EU student. Deadline to apply is April 15, 2008. Please click here for details.

New Global Justice Study Abroad Program

Seattle University School of Law and the Nelson Mandela Institute of the University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Law in Johannesburg, South Africa are offering a new program called Global Justice Advocacy which focuses on training students to be global advocates.  The program includes courses taught jointly by US and South African professors on substantive international and comparative law, as well as a course on cross-cultural legal writing and oral advocacy, and equal numbers of spaces in the program are reserved for US and African law students.  Three courses will be offered in 2008:  International Human Rights Law and the Role of Corporations; Advanced South African Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence; and Global Justice Advocacy/Legal Writing.  The Global Justice Advocacy/Legal Writing course will draw upon the substantive materials presented in the other two courses to teach students how to argue persuasively in a variety of fora.  US and African students will be paired together to work as teams in that course. Because of the intensive nature of the program, particularly the Global Justice Advocacy/Legal Writing course, the program is limited to 25 US and 25 African students.  The application deadline is April 15, 2008.  For more information, visit the website at www.law.seattleu.edu/international/southafrica, or contact Junsen Ohno at ohnoj@seattleu.edu, or at 206-398-4283.

Summer 2008 Internships Available in China and Poland

Chicago-Kent students are invited to apply for internship opportunities in China in law firms in Shanghai or Beijing, and in Lublin Poland where a University research center is working on refugee and human rights cases and is looking for 2 students to do legal work in English (Polish not required.)  DEADLINE TO APPLY MARCH 31 For additional information about these opportunities, contact Dean Lazar at llazar@kentlaw.edu.

Important U.S. Income Tax Information for International Students

All international students who were present in the U.S. in Spring and/or Fall 2007, are required to file the U.S. income tax return for the year 2007. For those that worked on OR off-campus, you will be receiving W-2 forms from your employer in order to complete your 2007 tax return.

If you are on F-1 or J-1 and have been in the US for less than 5 years, then you are eligible to use CINTAX, a tax software to assist nonresidents in filing their tax forms.  This software is free of charge for current international students and their dependents. For more information on this service, please click here. After you submit your information, CINTAX will send you a password and more detailed information within the next 2 business days.

Please read through the tax information on our website to guide you based on the forms you may have received and what forms you need to file.  The tax software listed above only assists with filing your Federal tax forms, not your State forms.
 
If you are currently on H-1B or have been in the US for more than 5 years (and are F-1), then you will be filing as a resident and are therefore not eligible to use the above nonresident software.
 
Tax filing deadline is April 15, 2008.

“International” Clerkship Opportunity for JD students

From The American Lawyer: "For the hyperambitious, the only federal court clerkships worth striving for are in the chambers of elite judges, acting as way stations on the road to a clerkship on the U.S. Supreme Court. Some choose a different path to clerkship paradise, however, one that leads through courts in the South Pacific. These former U.N. trust territories have legal systems similar to those of the United States. And many invite American law graduates to spend a year or two working in their courts as clerks and counsel" For more information, please click here.


International Bar Association Conference Scholarship Opportunity

This year the Dispute Resolution Section will again award a scholarship to a young lawyer who wishes to participate in the IBA Annual Conference, but is unable to do so owing to financial constraints. The scholarship award for 2008 includes the following:

  • Free registration for the IBA 2008 Annual Conference, 12-17 October 2008, Buenos Aires Argentina.
  • A contribution towards travel costs to the conference.
  • Cover of accommodation costs while attending the conference.
  • Two year's free IBA membership including membership of one LPD Committee and one PPID Constituent.
  • A waiver of either the next IBA Annual Conference registration fee or the registration fee of one of the chosen committees' specialist conferences in 2009.
  • Free membership of the Scholarship Alumni Group.

For further information and criteria for applying for the scholarship please download the Scholarship Application Form here

The deadline for submissions is Monday April 7.

 

 

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