| The International Human Rights Clinic, which is part of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, is inviting applications for a Clinical Instructor. The Clinic offers second and third year students, as well as LLM students, the opportunity to work on a variety of timely and complex human rights issues in partnership with clients, civil society organizations, and affected communities around the world, including in the United States. Through supervised practice and intense mentorship, clinical students develop a range of skills necessary to become thoughtful, critical, creative, strategic, and effective human rights advocates. |
The Clinical Instructor will be a legally-trained practitioner with at least five years of demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, human rights, including experience training, teaching, or mentoring law students. S/he will join a vibrant community of human rights practitioners and scholars at Harvard Law School. The Clinical Instructor will design, oversee, and execute clinical projects, and supervise and manage student teams. Clinical projects deploy a variety of strategies and methodologies and may include fact-finding investigations and advocacy efforts, human rights reporting, legislative drafting, litigation in national and international fora, media advocacy, policy initiatives, coalition building, and negotiating treaty provisions. Over the course of the term appointment, the Clinical Instructor may also have an opportunity to be appointed a Lecturer on Law and to develop and teach clinical seminars.
This is a three-year term appointment beginning in August 2017 and concluding in June 2020, with the possibility of extension through June 2022. Continuation beyond the date specified is contingent upon organizational needs, available funding, and the mutual interests of the Clinic and the Clinical Instructor.
The Clinical Instructor, under the supervision of the Clinical Co-Directors and/or a Senior Clinical Instructor, will design and oversee clinical projects and supervise teams of clinical students enrolled in the Clinic in the fall, winter, and spring semesters. The Clinical Instructor will be responsible for developing clinical projects that expose students to the essential skills, practical realities, and challenges of human rights work. This responsibility includes initiating and cultivating positive working relationships with relevant clients, communities, and civil society organizations. The Clinical Instructor will meet regularly with teams of students, guide and review their work, and advise them on strategic and ethical questions that arise during the course of their clinical projects.
Experience mentoring and training law students, in addition to a background in human rights, is vital. The Clinical Instructor will be required to support and guide law students as well as to evaluate student work product, and will share responsibility for ensuring the quality of student work product.
The Clinical Instructor may also supervise students during travel that ordinarily occurs in January and March, as well as at other times throughout the year. This travel will require the ability to be away from campus.
Applications are due on March 1, 2017 but will be considered on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure full consideration.
Applications are especially encouraged from human rights attorneys from the Global South, including those interested in developing human rights clinics in their home countries; practitioners with an interest in human rights in the United States; people of color; LGBTQI persons; women; and persons with disabilities
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. Due to the expected heavy volume of applications, only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2020, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary