FAQs for prospective students

  1. How many students can enroll in the Human Rights Clinic per semester? Is placement competitive?

    The HRC usually admits up to ten students per semester.  The number of applicants varies from semester to semester.  Not everyone who applies is admitted.

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  2. How many projects does the clinic typically work on in a year?

    Each student works on one project.  To begin with, there are usually five or six options for possible human rights projects, each one dealing with a specific human rights violation or issue.  We ask each student to rank their preferred projects. Based on the preferences, the student’s skills and the needs of the project, each student is assigned to one project in groups of two or three students.  Each team continues working on their project throughout the semester.

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  3. Does the Human Rights Clinic litigate?

    No.  The HRC does not represent individuals and does not litigate.  The Clinic, at times, may support litigation by carrying out research, writing amicus briefs, or other work. The Clinic engages in advocacy in front of international human rights mechanisms, including filing complaints when available and advisable.

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  4. How does the Human Rights Clinic achieve its goals?

    The range of cases and projects handled by the Human Rights Clinic illustrates the breadth of human rights practice, including fact-finding, supporting litigation, reporting and using the press, and other public and international advocacy.

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  5. Are there any prerequisites for taking the Human Rights Clinic?

    No.  However, an interest in international law or human rights or some experience in volunteer work or public interest work is a plus. Some projects benefit from students foreign language skills.

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