International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic (IHRAC)

The International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic (IHRAC) offers students hands-on experience representing individual human rights survivors and international non-governmental organizations engaged in human rights advocacy. Participating students gain experience in areas including fact-finding, evidence collection, research, reports, advisory memos, viability assessments, litigation, amicus briefs, UN standard setting, and norm development. They also develop a variety of skills including interviewing, persuasive writing, media, collaboration, leadership, professional identity, trauma-informed advocacy, and methods to cope with vicarious trauma. In addition, students discuss current events in human rights and the role lawyers play in the human rights movement (values, obligations, opportunities, and constraints). 

How to Apply

Students interested in enrolling in the International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic should complete the PILC application and contact Professor Darby Kerrigan Scott to schedule an interview. There are no prerequisites for this clinic, and CLI status is not required. The clinic is open to all students beginning the summer after 1L year.  


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    Student Testimonials

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    • "Taking the IHRAC was one of the best decisions I made in law school. The clinic allowed me to pursue my passion for helping victims of international human rights violations and their families. In addition to learning about international human rights law and regional human rights systems, my experience with the clinic provided me with valuable practical skills such as trauma-informed lawyering, persuasive legal writing, public interest campaign creation, interviewing clients, legal research, trial preparation and monitoring, and case management."

      - 2L Abigail Chapman

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    • "The International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic provided me with an opportunity that was challenging, practical, and engaging. The clinic allowed me to think about what lawyers could and should do to help those in need. More importantly, the clinic gave me the chance to test those ideas outside of the classroom."

      - 2L Leonard "Turner" McCroan

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    • "Being a part of IHRAC allowed me to take part in a clinical project that looked at international standards of housing rights to see how it can be applied on a local level to promote policy change. The clinic teaches you to think analytically about the relevance of international law and seeing limitations of certain domestic human rights laws. It further teaches trauma-informed lawyering techniques that helped me build the skills necessary to be an effective advocate, which can be applied in the human rights field and beyond."

      - 2L Careena Lall

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