Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program

Salzburg Cutler Global Seminar:Salzburg Global Seminar / Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows in International Law - Washington, D.C.

The University of Chicago Law School is a partner in Salzburg Lloyd N. Cutler Fellows Program since 2012. Each year, five 2L, 3L, and LL.M students are selected to participate. The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program brings together 50 of the nation’s top law students with leading academics, judges, and practitioners in the fields of private and public international law. The two-day program examines the most critical issues shaping today’s international law agenda and creates a network of men and women interested in careers in international practice and public service. Cutler Fellows are also invited to apply for scholarships to attend seminars in Salzburg, Austria, on topics relevant to their papers and professional interests.

At the heart of the program is the preparation by each Fellow of a paper for review by the other participants and a group of outstanding law professors, judges and practitioners.

On Day 1 small group sessions consider each student paper, discussing and making suggestions to improve it.   Short talks, panels, and networking opportunities are interspersed, featuring some of the most outstanding lawyers in the world.  A dinner for fellows and faculty will be held Friday evening.

On Day 2 The morning is devoted to “looking beyond Law School” and the program will adjourn at noon. 

What Is the Cost? The University of Chicago Law School will cover the cost of transportation and up to two nights of accommodation in Washington, D.C.  Meals will be provided by the Salzburg Global Seminar.  

Who Can Apply? This program is open to 2L, 3L, and LLM students.  Students with strong international experience and/or backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.  A maximum of five University of Chicago law students will be admitted. 

How Do I Apply? Application invitation is sent to students around the end of the Fall Quarter. Application materials include:

  1. Cover letter explaining your background and interest in the Cutler Program
  2. Unofficial transcript
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two-page abstract describing the research topic/paper you would wish to present during the breakout sessions of the Cutler Seminar.  Abstracts should outline an issue or question in international law that will be developed into a research paper, journal note, or other publication.  Abstracts should generally fit in one of these major areas: 
    1. humanitarian law, human rights, and use of force;
    2. international economic, investment, and monetary law; 
    3. international trade, anti-corruption, and anti-trust; 
    4. international institutions and international relations; and
    5. rule of law and comparative constitutionalism. Students are encouraged to submit abstracts based on articles or papers in development for other purposes—e.g.  seminar, independent study, law review—and applicants may wish to consider this in selecting their Fall courses. 

Questions? Please contact Aican Nguyen at or (773) 702-0184.