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Law Program

Learning about the deplorable conduct of many lawyers in the lead up to the Holocaust, and imagining how I would have risen to the moment if I were placed in their shoes, provided an unforgettable lesson.
Jack Huerter
2016 FASPE Law Fellow

Further Information
2018 Law Curriculum
FASPE Journal Articles

FASPE Law challenges its Fellows to recognize their responsibility to act as ethical leaders in their law careers. FASPE begins by examining the actions and choices of German lawyers and judges in enabling and executing Nazi policies. FASPE then draws on this historical example to help Law Fellows grasp their role as influencers in their communities and to lead them to identify and confront the ethical issues currently facing lawyers and the legal profession.

Each year, FASPE Law awards fellowships to 12 to 18 law students and early-career lawyers. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The program couples the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange.

FASPE draws on a large pool of applicants, whose diverse backgrounds and interests enrich discussions both inside and outside the seminar room. Law Fellows travel with Business and Journalism Fellows, allowing them to broaden their understanding of the role of professionals over shared meals and activities and in several interdisciplinary seminars. FASPE Fellowships are fully funded so that financial ability does not affect participation.

2019 FASPE Law Program Dates: May 25, 2019 – June 7, 2019 (Program starts in the evening of May 25.)
Applications for FASPE Law 2019 are now closed. To learn more about the applications process please go here.

To view photos of the 2018 Law program and to read about the experience, please go here.

FASPE Law Fellows examine topics such as:

  • the complicity of German lawyers in the design and execution of Nazi racial laws and genocidal policies
  • the difference between legal compliance and rules of ethics, on the one hand, and ethical behavior, on the other
  • the ethical challenges of ambition in professional development
  • ethics and government lawyering
  • legal ethics in the context of technological innovations
  • navigating multiple loyalties to employers, clients, systems of justice, legal frameworks and more
  • tactics to address ethical issues within law firms and other institutions
International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, 1946.Gift of Ralph Goodman, Museum of Jewish Heritage, NY

FASPE Law Fellows now practice at major law firms and corporations, serve as law clerks in state, federal and international courts, work as prosecutors and public defenders and hold various government positions. Through their shared FASPE experience, Fellows form long-lasting relationships and deep bonds that grow over time. Law Fellows participate in formal and informal networks that provide support throughout their careers.

FASPE Law was developed in consultation with faculty at Yale Law School.

For more information on how to apply to FASPE Law, please click here.