Statement of Purpose

The primary goal of ILS is to promote awareness of global events and understanding of diverse legal cultures in order to assess their influence on both public and private international law. Bringing the highest caliber of educational programs to the Harvard Law School community is central to the ILS mission.


The Harvard International Law Society (ILS) was founded over 35 years ago as a non-profit student organization at Harvard Law School. ILS enjoys a rich tradition of fostering understanding of international legal matters. The organization invites distinguished legal scholars and practitioners to give lectures. ILS also sponsors topical film series, organizes language tables, and hosts seminars and round table discussion on issues of immediate international concern. ILS invites international legal practitioners to speak about their careers, arranges social events, sponsors member participation in career conferences, and generally serves as an on-campus clearinghouse for information regarding international opportunities.


ILS receives only limited funding from Harvard Law School to support its on-campus educational and professional programs. ILS, a non-profit organization, is dependent upon generous support from outside foundations, law firms and other entities to support its academic exchanges and study visits, speaker series, and major conferences.