For the third consecutive year, Harvard Law School will offer one or morefellowship positions in clinical advocacy work through the Human RightsProgram to law-trained individuals with two or more years of practicalexperience in international human rights work, beginning, if possible, onAugust 1, 2006. The fellows will be called clinical advocacy fellows.
Background and Job Description
The fellowship is part the extensive clinical opportunities in human rightsfor J.D. and L.L.M. students through the Harvard Law School Human RightsProgram (HRP). HRP has a team of clinical staff, including the ClinicalDirector, Associate Clinical Director and fellows. Student demand forsupervised human rights clinical opportunities led to the creation of theclinical advocacy fellowship for 2004-2005. The fellowship will continue forthe 2006-2007 year and beyond. Clinical work through HRP is centered in itsInternational Human Rights Clinic. In the past, HRP clinical projects haveinvolved both legal research and writing (leading to amicus curiae briefsand other submissions to national and international fora), as well asnon-court centric human rights undertakings. This latter set has includedfield investigations to over a dozen countries, drafting of human rightsreports, preparing model legislation, and developing strategies for treatydrafting conferences.
For background on the nature of the work of the International Human RightsClinic, please visit our site.
The fellows will aid in developing clinical projects for students enrolledin the human rights clinical seminars and workshops offered in the fall andspring terms. They will work closely with a range of students, includingstudents engaged in human rights advocacy on a volunteer basis through theHarvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights. Enthusiasm and interest instudent development is therefore vital. Fellows will be required to initiateand cultivate existing working relationships with nongovernmentalorganizations in the field, to assess the quality and potential for studentengagement offered by potential projects, and to supervise student work inselected projects. The clinical advocacy fellows will be responsible forensuring the quality of student work product, under the supervision of theAssociate Clinical Director and the Clinical Director.
Clinical advocacy fellows will participate (though not as principalinstructors) in some of the clinical course offerings and may lead somesmall group discussions on advocacy projects. Fellows ordinarily arerequested to supervise student research in advocacy field missions duringthe academic year.
Stipend: $40,000 per year plus excellent employer-paid benefits package.Some flexibility in salary range based on experience.Fellows must haveexcellent organizational, communication, analytical and writing skills.Significant experience in human rights abroad is a prerequisite, as arelanguage skills relevant to each fellow’s particular region of expertise.Two or more years of experience in human rights and a J.D. degree or theequivalent required. English fluency required; second language fluencydesired. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, law schooltranscript, writing sample, and a detailed statement of interest as soon aspossible, but in any event not later than May 15, 2006. Two letters ofrecommendation (which may arrive separately or with application materials)are required. Materials should be directed to:
Associate Clinical Director, Human Rights Program
401 Pound Hall
Cambridge, MA 02138
Applicants should be prepared to begin work on August 1. Appointment is forone year, renewable for additional one-year periods up to three years byagreement of both parties.