Working with CLDP

Advisors

CLDP welcomes expressions of interest from experts willing to volunteer their time for legal CLDP programs. CLDP works with experts from U.S. federal agencies, multilateral organizations, members of academia, and private sector firms. Although CLDP provides reimbursement of travel and per diem expenses related to our programs, we have a very limited budget to cover the costs of consulting fees. If you are interested in serving as an advisor for CLDP, please submit an email to CLDPOnline@doc.gov detailing your area of expertise. At times, paid advisor opportunities are also advertised on the Federal Business Opportunities web site (www.fbo.gov). These can be found by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box.

Internships

If you are looking for a legal internship that will allow you to work in an international legal environment and handle a variety of legal issues, then CLDP may be just the place for you. CLDP welcomes legal interns to work alongside our international teams to do research and analysis and write legal reports that identify the current opportunities for CLDP to effect international reforms and document the activities of the CLDP teams around the globe.

Our legal interns work with the respective regional teams that currently focus on improving commercial legal environments worldwide. In order to be an intern with CLDP, you must be a U.S. citizen, in or about to begin your second or third year of law school, and remain enrolled in school through the duration of your internship. If you are interested in working with CLDP in this capacity, please send a resume via e-mail with a cover letter outlining your interests to CLDP-LawClerks@doc.gov. Please be sure to write your name and the term (summer, fall, or spring) you are interested in applying for in the subject line.

Career positions

When positions with CLDP become available, they are advertised and posted on the USA Jobs web site. These can be viewed by visiting the site and typing "CLDP" within the search box. In order to apply, an applicant must log into the site and follow the specific instructions outlined there to apply for the position.

Both recent law school graduates and experienced attorneys may apply for our attorney positions when they become available. In order to be eligible, an applicant must provide proof of U.S. citizenship and active bar membership (in any U.S. jurisdiction) in addition to meeting the requirements of the specific position. Fluency in a foreign language that is pertinent to the mission of the particular team gives a strong advantage, as well as having hands-on experience in the particular country or region that the position will handle.

There are also several non-attorney positions that work alongside and support CLDP’s mission. Our International Program Specialists assist the senior counsels and attorney-advisors with the development and implementation of technical assistance activities. This includes identifying and incorporating key strategic, substantive, and procedural considerations into the design and execution of programs and events, researching specific assistance topics, and recruiting, selecting and preparing expert advisors and trainers. Our administrative staff handles all of the logistical needs for each CLDP program. This includes coordinating the travel and event logistics necessary for successful programs.

For information about the current makeup and expertise of the present CLDP staff, please visit our staff bios page.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.