Here’s our posting for a Clinical Advocacy Fellow.  Please pass it around to all who might be interested.  Note that the deadline to apply through Human Resources is June 12.  If you’re having trouble with the link, email documents to HR at [email protected].

Harvard Law School is offering a Clinical Advocacy Fellowship position at the International Human Rights Clinic to a law-trained practitioner with experience in human rights work, to begin in mid-August or early September 2011.  Clinical projects include non-court-centric approaches to human rights defense and promotion, such as advocacy and report writing, as well as litigation, such as submissions to national and international fora.  Past clinical projects have included field investigations to more than two dozen countries, drafting of human rights reports, preparing model legislation, litigation on behalf of clients and communities, working with governmental authorities to develop human rights policy, and setting strategies for treaty drafting conferences.

Please note: This is a term appointment extending through June 30, 2013. Continuation  beyond this date is contingent upon organizational needs, the availability of funding,  and the mutual interests of the Program and the Fellow.

Basic Qualifications: Significant experience in human rights as well as language skills relevant to the fellow’s particular region or thematic areas of expertise are required.  Two or  more years of experience in human rights and a J.D. degree or the equivalent are required.  English fluency is required.

Additional Qualifications: Fellows must have excellent legal, communication, interpersonal, analytical, writing, and organizational skills.  The fellow, under the supervision of the Clinical Director and Associate Clinical Director, will oversee several clinical projects and a team of students enrolled in the Clinic in both the fall and spring semesters.  The fellow will be responsible for developing several projects each term that will expose students to the practical realities of human rights work.  The fellow will meet regularly with a team of students, guide and review their work, and advise them on strategic and tactical questions that arise during the course of the clinical projects.

Enthusiasm and interest in student development and training is vital.  The fellow will be required to initiate and cultivate existing working relationships with nongovernmental organizations in the field, to assess the quality and potential for student engagement offered by possible projects, and to evaluate student work product.  The fellow, the Clinical Director, and the Associate Clinical Director will share responsibility for ensuring the quality of student work product.  The fellow may also be requested to supervise student work during field travel that ordinarily occurs in January and March, as well as at other times throughout the term.  This travel will require availability for periods between seven and twenty days.

Additional Information: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, though no later than June 12, 2011.  Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible to ensure consideration, as a decision may be made before the application deadline.

Applications are especially encouraged from human rights attorneys from the Global South, as well as from those interested in developing human rights clinics.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (no more than 20 pages in length), two letters of recommendation (which may arrive separately or with the application package) and a detailed statement of interest. Please do not send materials to us; applications are processed through Human Resources. If the links included in this post don’t work on your computer, please see the Careers page at Harvard, search the ASPIRE database for jobs at the law school, and you should find it.

Due to the expected heavy volume of applications, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  Please assume that if you have not been contacted within six weeks after the closing date, your application has been unsuccessful.

Applicants should be prepared to begin work by mid-August, if possible, but no later than September 1, 2011.

For more on the Clinic’s work, please visit our website at

All offers will be made by HLS Human Resources.