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Fall 2019

Course Description
The Human Rights Clinic (HRC) works for the promotion of social and economic justice globally and in the U.S. The Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms, domestic law and policy, and multidimensional strategies, such as community organizing, political activism, and global networking, to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions to those problems, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors. The Clinic’s work is primarily policy-oriented and focuses on the development of human rights advocacy campaigns, documentation projects, legislative advocacy, report-writing, and research in collaboration with organizational partners. The Clinic also represents clients in litigation before international, foreign, and domestic tribunals. The Clinic’s focus areas include gender justice (with a particular focus on gender violence), racial justice, and immigrants’ rights. Working in case/project teams, students develop and hone essential lawyering skills, including oral advocacy, fact-finding, research (legal and non-legal, international and domestic), legal and non-legal writing, interviewing, media advocacy, cultural competency and strategic thinking. Additionally, students will critically examine the substance and application of human rights law, the use of interdisciplinary methodologies for documenting and responding to human rights violations, and the ethical challenges of working on human rights problems globally. Some students may have the option (but are not required) to undertake international or domestic travel in connection with their projects, usually during break periods. The Clinic is being offered at 6 credits in Spring 2018, and students may have the opportunity to take the Clinic in Summer and/or Fall 2018 for 3-4 credits per semester. Students must submit an application to enroll in the Clinic. Information sessions will be offered and applications will be accepted in Fall 2017.

Course Schedule
Dates Day Time Room
08-12-2019 - 11-21-2019   TR  11:00 AM-12:20 PM F408

Course Frequency
This course is usually offered every semester

Course Information

Credits: 6
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite: Human Rights Clinic students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to enroll in Professor Bettinger-Lopez’s International Human Rights Lawyering and Advocacy seminar in Fall 2017. The seminar is designed to provide a technical and practice-based foundation for the promotion and protection of human rights. Students are also encouraged to enroll in other courses in international human rights law, public international law, and/or advanced constitutional law as pre-requisites or co-requisites to the Human Rights Clinic.
Grading: Graded
Method of Evaluation: Students will be evaluated on the following: Case/project performance, professionalism and leadership, classroom participation, and written reflection papers
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course:
Skills Requirement
Special Attributes: None
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s):
Employment & Labor - Related
Government & Regulation - Related
Immigration - Related
International & Comparative Law - Specialized
Litigation - Related
Social Justice - Specialized
Bar Subject(s):
Immigration, Asylum, and Citizenship Law Area of Focus (Area of Focus)   More information
Social Justice & Public Interest (Concentration)   More information
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None



Contact Information:
Phone: (305)284-5923
Office: E256