FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does the application process require?
1. The application form includes a description of the project,
a resume, a reference, and related experience.
2. If necessary, an interview with a panel comprising students,
faculty, and staff.
What type of proposal do I need to apply?
Students should apply with a definite project in mind, a clear
plan for exploring it, and a method for presenting it to others
and on the Student Think Tank website.
What if I don't have a definite project in mind?
Can I still apply?
Absolutely. The Berkman Center has put together a (still-growing)
idea bank that lists possible areas of exploration. Look over
the list and see if anything inspires you. Also feel free to come
in and talk to the faculty or staff of the Berkman Center to work
through some possibilities.
According to what criteria will the applications
In no order, we will be looking for:
1. The innovativeness of the core idea.
2. The creativity and ingenuity of (a) the method of exploration
and (b) the method of final presentation.
3. The commitment of applicant to the project and the Student Think Tank
4. The diverse background, talents, and perspectives the applicant
brings to the project.
Can I apply as a team with another person?
Yes - in fact, we encourage team applications.
Can I write my third-year paper as part of my Student Think Tank
Yes. Again, we encourage proposals in conjunction with third-year
papers. If possible, we will try to match students with interested
professors who could act as advisers to their third-year papers.
Is the Student Think Tank open only to law school students?
Not at all! We welcome applications from interested students in
any field. In fact, we hope to bring together diverse expertise
and perspectives in the Student Think Tank.
What type of product do I need to produce at
the end of my involvement with the Student Think Tank?
In keeping with the open and fluid nature of the web and the Berkman
Center's commitment to multiple modes of expression, we welcome
a wide spectrum of modes for presentation of the final product.
Some examples we have thought of include: a paper, a website,
a web-based resource guide, a series of poems, a conference with
a briefing book or accompanying website, a working meeting with
a briefing book or accompanying website. This list is by no means
exhaustive. If you have a particular vision for how you would
like to communicate your idea, go with it.
What is the duration of the commitment?
Two semesters. Students selected in the fall semester will
continue through the spring. Students selected in the spring
semester will continue in the fall of the following academic year.
Are there other responsibilities besides creating
a final project?
Yes. At least once each semester, every student will present his
or her work-in-progress to the rest of the participants and to
affiliated Berkman Center staff and faculty. We anticipate
meeting approximately once a month. Each presenter
is responsible for sending out a précis in advance of the
presentation to all participants; in turn, participants are asked
to prepare a short written response,
with an eye towards constructive criticism for the presenter.
We hope that this will engender a dynamic space in which students,
faculty, and Berkman Center staff will think creatively together
about interesting issues of Internet and law, contributing to
each other's research and thought processes.
Is there a stipend?
Yes. The stipend is $350 per semester.
This amount is in addition to any reasonable expenses the implementation of your project may entail.