| The International Human Rights Clinic, which is part of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, is inviting applications for a Clinical Advocacy Fellow. 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 Fellow will be a legally-trained practitioner with demonstrated experience in, and commitment to, human rights. S/he will join a vibrant community of human rights practitioners and scholars at Harvard Law School. The Fellow will work with other supervisors to develop and execute clinical projects, and to 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 fellowship, the Fellow will have the opportunity to take on increasing responsibility for building and leading clinical projects. The Fellow will receive substantial support and mentorship from the Clinical Co-Directors and/or Senior Clinical Instructors.
This is a two-year term appointment beginning in August 2017 and concluding in June 2019, with the possibility of an additional one-year extension. Continuation beyond the date specified is contingent upon organizational needs, available funding, and the mutual interests of the Clinic and the Fellow.
The Fellow, under the supervision of the Clinical Co-Directors and/or Senior Clinical Instructors, will oversee clinical projects and teams of clinical students enrolled in the Clinic in the fall, winter, and spring semesters. During the first year of the fellowship, the Fellow will work closely with a clinical supervisor or supervisors to develop clinical projects that expose students to the essential skills, practical realities, and challenges of human rights work. The Fellow 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.
Enthusiasm and interest in student mentoring and training, in addition to a background in human rights, is vital. The Fellow 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 Fellow 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 for periods between seven and twenty days.
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, 2019, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 090
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary