Friday, March 16, 2012

On the Job! Santa Clara Law Human Rights Clinical Fellowship

I am pleased to announce that Santa Clara University School of Law is now seeking applications for a Clinical Fellowship with our new International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC).

The IHRC provides a unique educational opportunity for students to gain first-hand, practical experience working on international human rights litigation and advocacy projects. It combines classroom education with supervised case and project management, providing students practical training in advocacy and lawyering skills. The fellow will work with the new Clinical Director, Francisco Rivera, formerly of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (below right, with his wife, Claudia Josi, who is also a human rights lawyer).

Position Description: The clinical fellowship position is a nine-month academic appointment commencing on Aug. 1,2012, with a possibility for supplemental summer employment. The position maybe renewed for one additional term commencing on Aug. 1, 2013. The fellow will report to the Director of the International Human Rights Clinic and will supervise student work on clinic projects, participate in the planning and conduct of the clinic, assist with teaching a substantive law and legal skills seminar, and assess the development of new clinic projects. The clinical fellow will also be responsible for counseling and mentoring students, including advancing student job opportunities by arranging for students to work with partner organizations on clinic cases.

Essential qualifications:
  • JD degree or comparable degree from a law school outside the United States.
  • At least two years of experience as a practicing lawyer, including experience with international human rights litigation and/or advocacy.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills. Enthusiasm and demonstrated interest in student development.
  • English fluency is required. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, is desired.
  • Prior experience teaching in an international human rights clinic is desired.
Application Procedure:

Applicantsshould send a cover letter and a resume or CV to:
IHRC Clinical Fellowship Search Committee
c/o Ms. Elyse Amberg
Santa Clara University Law School
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Applicationsalso may be sent via e-mail to Ms. Amberg at must be received by Friday, March 30, 2012.

Inquiries: Inquiries may be addressedto Professor David Sloss, Director of the Center for Global Law and Policy, at

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.

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