Opportunities for Law Students

​2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Safa Peera, Helen Kerwin, and Mihret Getabicha
​2015-2016 Human Rights Scholars (left to right) Safa Peera, Helen Kerwin, and Mihret Getabicha

Human Rights Scholars Program

Application Deadline: May 30, 2022

As promising leaders in human rights and social justice, Human Rights Scholars play a vital role in the daily life and future of the Rapoport Center. Scholars provide research and advocacy support, and work closely with the Rapoport Center's programs and planning over the course of the academic year.

2019 Summer Human Rights Fellows Billy Pavord, Ramsey Schultz, Oriane Leake, Kirsten Kumar, and Enrique Ramirez (pictured left to right).

Summer Human Rights Fellowships

Application Deadline: March 25, 2022

The Rapoport Center offers summer funding and placement assistance to Texas Law students interested in doing transnational or international work on issues of human rights or social justice.

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Human Rights Internship & Employment Database

This list of human rights organizations, while by no means comprehensive, can be used as a starting point for students to search for opportunities around the world. Organizations where former Rapoport Center Fellows have worked are marked.

Charles Moyer
Charles Moyer

The Charles Moyer Human Rights Fellowship

The Charles Moyer Human Rights Fellowship honors the life and work of Charles Moyer, whose professional career has been devoted to the international protection of human rights, and who was the first Secretary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Berta Cáceres, taken during a visit to the Rapoport Center in November 2015

The Berta Cáceres Human Rights Fellowship

This fellowship honors indigenous Honduran activist Berta Cáceres and is open to law and non-law graduate students at UT with interests in indigenous rights and/or environmental justice.

Simone Gubler, Karen Lee, and Tom Elliott
2017 Graduate Summer Fellows Simone Gubler, Karen Lee, and Tom Elliott

Graduate Summer Fellowships at the Rapoport Center

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Fellowships are available for law and graduate students to work at the Rapoport Center over the summer and help with projects, publications, events, and research. Summer fellows advance the Center's mission and ensure that Center projects reflect and incorporate the diverse perspectives and expertise of a multidisciplinary UT academic community.

​2013 Rapoport Center Summer Fellow Elizabeth Nguyen during her internship at the ICTY
​2013 Rapoport Center Summer Fellow Elizabeth Nguyen (second row, second from left) with judges, associate legal officers, and interns of the Karadzic team of Trial Chamber III on the terrace of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

International Court & Tribunal Internships

Application Deadline: November 12, 2021

The Rapoport Center facilitates judicial internship placements for Texas Law students with international courts and tribunals, including the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Students may receive funding or academic credit for these internships.

Become an affiliated graduate student

We invite UT graduate students from all disciplines whose research pertains to human rights and/or social justice to be part of our exciting graduate student affiliate program.

Call for Editorial Committee Members 2021-2022

Application Deadline: September 10, 2021

The Rapoport Center invites UT law and graduate students to serve on the editorial committee for its Working Paper Series (WPS). The WPS is dedicated to interdisciplinary and critical dialogue about international human rights law and discourse.

Civil Rights Clinic faculty, student, and client

Civil Rights Clinic

Students in the Civil Rights Clinic, which was established through the Rapoport Center, represent low-income clients in a range of civil rights matters relating to abusive law enforcement practices, prisoners’ rights, discrimination in many forms, and freedoms of speech, religion, and association.

Students with Transnational Worker Rights Clinic clients.

Transnational Worker Rights Clinic

Students in the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, which was established through the Rapoport Center, represent low-income transnational migrant workers in cases to recover unpaid wages, and also engage in advocacy projects asserting the rights of workers in here and abroad.

Photo by Ricardo Velasco

Summer Fellowships in Human Rights & Inequality

As part of a five-year project exploring the relationship between economic inequality and human rights, the Rapoport Center is offering summer fellowships for UT law and graduate students to intern with organizations, globally and locally, working on issues of human rights and inequality— particularly (but not limited to) the areas of economic justice, labor, and natural resource governance.

Immigration Clinic group photo 2015

Immigration Clinic

Students in the Immigration Clinic gain hands-on experience representing vulnerable low-income immigrants from all over the world before the immigration and federal courts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Human Rights Courses & Clinics

The University of Texas School of Law offers a number of courses and clinics throughout the year in the area of human rights.

Human Rights Law Society

The Human Rights Law Society (HRLS) is a student organization at Texas Law that promotes awareness and advocacy of human rights.

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Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

This interdisciplinary writing competition on international human rights and gender awards a $1,250 prize. It honors the work of Audre Rapoport, who advocated for women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health.

Human Rights Clinic student working a project.

Human Rights Clinic

The Human Rights Clinic, established through the Rapoport Center, brings together an interdisciplinary group of law and graduate students in a course that incorporates both classroom study and hands-on participation in human rights projects and cases.

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Contribute to the Working Paper Series

The Rapoport Center is currently soliciting papers for its Working Paper Series (WPS). We encourage submissions from scholars of all disciplines as well as from activists and advocates. At present, we are particularly interested in papers in line with the Rapoport Center’s current thematic focus on the future of work.

Adriana Corral
Adriana Corral (MFA candidate, University of Texas) discusses her artwork on the femicides in Ciudad Juárez during a workshop organized by the Rapoport Center's Human Rights & the Arts Working Group, January 2013

Join a working group

The Rapoport Center sponsors collaborative working groups initiated by our affiliated faculty that research and explore various human rights topics. These groups are comprised of faculty and students from diverse disciplines across campus. We invite you to join a working group and become part of the conversation!

LLM Concentration in Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law

This innovative concentration provides students with a robust, critical, and comparative foundation in both human rights and constitutional law. It offers students a comprehensive understanding of contemporary human rights practices, including uses of constitutional law, in both domestic and international settings.

Human Rights Job Board

NYU's Center for Human Rights & Global Justice maintains a page for job postings and similar opportunities in the human rights field that may be of interest to current students as well as postgraduates.