The Human Rights Associates Program (“HRAP”) is designed to introduce Georgetown Law students to the breadth of human rights practice and institutions, expose students to a number of cutting-edge issues in human rights, and help students to navigate career choices in human rights law. This program is open to first-year J.D. students, including evening students. Through the application process, we hope to ensure that the Associates comprise a vibrant community committed to learning about and pursuing human rights work.

Associates will participate in weekly seminars that focus on a mix of 1) building skills for human rights research and analysis, 2) networking and mentorship, and 3) academic and career guidance. Participation in the program gives students a unique opportunity to meet a range of human rights practitioners and experts. Associates will also have the opportunity to attend human rights events at Georgetown Law and around Washington, DC.

Weekly sessions will begin the week of September 20, 2021 at a weekday/time that is mutually convenient. The fall program runs from September through November, and the spring program runs from January through April. Associates are allowed two absences but are otherwise expected to participate fully in the program. 

Associates must commit to prepare for, attend, and contribute to group discussions and to complete short assignments in the absence of academic credit. 

Acceptance to the program is competitive. To apply, please prepare a thoughtful statement responding to the questions below. Include your name, section, and expected graduation date at the top of the document. Send the document, along with a resume to Michelle Liu, the Senior Dash-Muse Teaching Fellow of HRI, at humanrightsinstitute@georgetown.edu. 

In one to two pages, please answer the following questions:

  1. Briefly describe the origins of your commitment to and interest in the field of human rights and how this relates to your decision to obtain a J.D. degree. 
  2. Briefly explain your decision to apply to HRAP, including what skills or knowledge you are most interested in gaining, what areas of human rights matter most to you, and what you hope to gain from having participated in the program.
  3. As part of your responsibilities as an Associate, you will be asked to prepare for weekly meetings and actively participate in those sessions, attend an off-campus event in DC, and/or help organize at least one session in the spring semester. Please confirm your ability to meet these commitments and indicate whether there are any topics, themes, or events you already know you hope to explore.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Applicants will be notified by September 17th and must confirm their acceptance into the program by September 20th.