About Brandeis Legal JIGSAW Initiative

Justice Initiative Guiding Student Activists Worldwide

Achieving Justice Piece By Piece

Anti-Semitism and ethnic racism against Jewish students on university campuses is on the rise. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (“BDS”) campaigns that seek to intimidate, isolate and demonize pro-Israel and Jewish students are increasing. But most students (law students and undergraduate students included) are unaware of their legal rights. They do not understand how to utilize university policies or state and federal anti-discrimination laws as tools to combat anti-Semitism. Many students do not understand the basic definition of anti-Semitism so they have difficulty discerning when anti-Semitism is masked as anti-Zionism. Undergraduate students are reluctant to reach out for assistance to practicing attorneys when faced with anti-Semitism on campus.

To fill this vacuum and ensure that students receive the legal training, guidance and support they need, the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law (“LDB”) is launching its JIGSAW Initiative in cooperation with Hasbara Fellowships.

The Brandeis Legal JIGSAW Initiative will train a specialized corps of law students to work with and advise undergraduates in combating anti-Semitism on campus.

The trained law students will be known as

JIGSAW (Justice Initiative Guiding Student Activists Worldwide) Fellows.

JIGSAW Goals:

  • To provide law school students with the in-depth legal training and expertise needed to effectively combat anti-Semitism and BDS on campus.
  • To enable these trained law students to act as mentors to undergraduate students to help them more effectively address anti-Semitism and BDS on campus.
  • To educate and train the next generation of pro-Israel attorneys so they develop from first-hand experience not only a keen understanding of the necessary legal tools to combat anti-Semitism but also the motivation to remain engaged, effective advocates after they graduate law school.

Israel Trip Dates: Israel training in conjunction with Hasbara Fellowships: Dec. 18, 2018 – Jan. 2, 2019
Israel Trip Cost: $500 (includes round trip airfare to Israel and all accommodations in Israel)
Application Process: JIGSAW Fellows will be competitively selected based on academic record, extra curricular involvement, demonstrated commitment to the issues, and geographic location.
Timeline: Training will take place in Israel in conjunction with Hasbara Fellowships between December 18, 2018 and January 2, 2019. Follow up training will take place at a date TBD in Washington, DC during the Brandeis Center Annual National Law Student Leadership Conference. JIGSAW Fellows will begin working with undergraduate students on their campuses and in their regions in late January/ February 2019.
Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend applying as soon as possible. Once spots are filled, LDB will no longer consider applications. Final Deadline is Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.

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