Clinic Course for Current J.D. Students
In the Clinic's twice-weekly two-hour seminars, students study the host country's or thematic laws and their context, present drafts of their work in progress, critique each other's work, and develop interviewing and oral and writing advocacy skills. Outside the classroom, supervisors work with individual students and teams to provide in-depth guidance on a variety of skills, from setting agendas, holding professional conferences, and interviewing to developing policy and law and persuading an intended audience. During the semester, each student completes a minimum of three complete drafts of his or her Clinic project, which typically includes a legislative bill and supporting human rights report in the spring; litigation papers, including a petition or notice of appeal, along with a supporting legal brief and affidavits in the fall; or submissions to human rights bodies applying the relevant law and policy.
Spring 2013 clinic students will travel during spring break to conduct human rights fact-finding interviews. Interested Fall 2012 students will be assisted in pursuing summer internships with the Clinic's partners and contacts to allow them to continue their clinical work overseas.
The average weekly time commitment for the Clinic is 35 hours per week. Because this is a significant time commitment, Clinic faculty urge you to carefully consider and limit - to the extent possible - your other time commitments during the semester you are in the Clinic.
We require students in both the fall and spring semesters to return to school one week before the beginning of classes for a pre-semester orientation.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For more information about the Clinic, please feel free to stop by Room 334 or contact Prof. Ross at x9641. Also, please feel free to contact the students enrolled in the Clinic this year.