Clinical Advocacy Fellow Position

International Human Rights Clinic

Harvard Law School

The International Human Rights Clinic gives second and third year law students the opportunity to work on human rights issues with clients and communities facing a broad range of challenges around the world. Through supervised practice, students learn the responsibilities and skills of human rights lawyering. The Clinical Advocacy Fellow is a legally-trained practitioner with experience in human rights. The Fellow will work with clinical supervisors to develop legal projects and manage student teams. Clinical projects include field investigations and advocacy efforts around the world, drafting human rights reports, preparing model legislation, litigation in national and international fora, advocacy and policy initiatives, and negotiating treaty protections to advance human rights.

The Fellow, under the supervision of the Clinical Co-Directors, will oversee several clinical projects and assist in supervising a team of students enrolled in the Clinic in the fall, winter, and spring terms. The Fellow will work closely with a current clinical supervisor or supervisors to develop several projects each term that will expose students to the practical realities of human rights work. The Fellow will participate in regular meetings with a team of students to 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 working relationships with non-governmental organizations in the field and to evaluate student work product. The Fellow will collaborate with clinical supervisors in ensuring the quality of student work product.

The Fellow may also be requested to assist in supervising 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.