About Us



International students form a significant and rapidly growing proportion of Harvard Law School’s J.D. program. We face unique circumstances regarding employment, financial aid, clerkships, and immigration, which may be overlooked or misunderstood by an academic program geared towards American students. Moreover, second- and third-year international students have historically lacked the opportunity to connect with their first-year peers and share their knowledge and experience.

Harvard International J.D. Students Society (HIJDS) was founded in 2013 with three key goals in mind: to organize the international J.D. community; to serve as an advocate for international J.D.s; and to act as a valuable resource for incoming students regarding everything from winter-wear to summer employment.

The 2017-18 HIJDS Board

Malik LadhaniPresident

Malik is a 3L, born and raised just outside of Toronto, Canada. He graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Prior to law school, Malik worked at the University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Malik has an interest in refugee protection and asylum advocacy, and spent his 1L summer working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Amman, Jordan. Malik is also involved with the alternative dispute resolution community on campus, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

Coco Xiao, VP Communications

Simon Hedlin, VP Outreach

Rachel (Qingling) Wang, VP Finance

Rachel Wang is a 2L from Beijing, China. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and enjoys tennis, movies, and traveling.