The Human Rights Associates Program (“HRAP”) is designed to introduce 1L 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 academic and career choices. 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.

HRAP students meet weekly for one hour. 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.