The International Human Rights Clinic provides students with an opportunity to critically engage with human rights issues, strategies, tactics, institutions, and law in both domestic and international settings. Through the weekly seminar and fieldwork, students will develop practical tools for human rights advocacy—such as fact-finding, litigation, indicators, reporting, and messaging—that integrate inter-disciplinary methods and maximize the use of new technologies. Students will also develop core competencies related to managing trauma in human rights work, as well as the ethical and accountability challenges in human rights lawyering. Types of clinic projects include those that: apply a human rights framework to domestic issues; involve human rights advocacy abroad; engage with international institutions to advance human rights; and/or address human rights in U.S. foreign policy. Students work closely with local organizations, international NGOs, and U.N. human rights experts and bodies. Some travel will likely be involved. Student project teams will also meet at least once a week with the clinic instructor. Students work on clinic projects approximately 10-12 hours a week, for a minimum of 125 hours of clinical work during the semester. Students must be at least in their second semester, second year to take this clinic. This course may not be dropped after the first class meeting
J.D. students are required to have instruction in the Model Rules of Professional Conduct prior to participating in a clinic or an externship (see Clinics Enrollment Policy
). The following courses fulfill this prerequisite:
Ethics in Civil Litigation (LAW 239)
Law of Lawyering: Ethics of Social Justice Representation (LAW 237)
Criminal Justice Ethics (LAW 317)
The Law of Lawyering (LAW 238)
Ethics in Action (LAW 539)
J.D. students are also required to have taken International Human Rights Advocacy, as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite.
These prerequisites do not apply to LL.M. students. Instructor permission is required for enrollment of LL.M. students.