International Human Rights Clinic

Develop Experience in International Human Rights Advocacy

The International Human Rights Clinic provides a wide array of experiences related to human rights advocacy, both at home and abroad. As a student in the Clinic, you’ll work on everything from traditional legal research in support of our cases and projects to client outreach and fact investigation to public education and media advocacy. You’ll also work with other organizations, including partner institutions and non-profits here and around the world. In the accompanying seminar, you’ll learn human rights law and various human rights advocacy techniques and skills.

International Human Rights Clinic (JD 174)

John Marshall's Basic International Human Rights Clinic provides practical, real-world training in domestic and international human rights advocacy. The class meets once a week for two hours, with specific time dedicated to substantive human rights law and advocacy and a portion dedicated to lawyering skills training, including interviewing, fact-finding, negotiation, developing a case theory, and client counseling. In the clinic component, students learn to think about how their work represents client-centered lawyering and the importance of holistic advocacy. Throughout the semester, students engage in human rights advocacy through their clinic cases and projects. Students taking the Basic International Human Rights Clinic must register for both the class and clinic components. Students who have previously taken the Basic International Human Rights Clinic can then register for the Advanced International Human Rights Clinic.

Basic International Human Rights Clinic

Advanced International Human Rights Clinic

Careers in International Human Rights Law

Breaking into the human rights field is challenging. Having a theoretical foundation in international law and international human rights law is essential. In addition, having the practical skills in fact-finding, producing reports, negotiating, and engaging in targeted audience advocacy are all essential to human rights work and the public interest field. IHRC students will acquire cutting-edge skills to be practice ready for domestic public interest work, international human rights, development, relief effort, or any other related field.

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