Welcoming Applications for the International Human Rights Clinic Course - Fall 2024

Thursday, June 27, 2024

IHRP Research Associate and Clinic Students in Namibia on a Fact-finding Mission - November 2023

IHRP Research Associate and Clinic Students in Namibia on a Fact-finding Mission - November 2023 

Left to Right: Erica Fox, Nabila Khan, and Pamela Alvarez


We are pleased to welcome back the International Human Rights Clinic Course (LAW548H1F) this fall! 


Our Clinic course is open to all upper year J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. students. Given the course’s unique clinical component, you are required to apply directly to the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) for consideration (see below). 


This Clinic course is an accredited course (4 credits; 3 hours) that provides students with the substantive legal foundation and core advocacy skills necessary for effective and accountable international human rights lawyering. Through our Clinic projects, students get the opportunity to work on pressing international human rights matters through hands-on work under the supervision of qualified lawyers. Cases and projects may involve contributing to domestic or international litigation, formulating theories and advocacy strategies, drafting legal memos/briefs or advocacy documents, fact-finding field work, etc. IHRP litigation and advocacy pursuits may address matters involving corporate accountability, climate justice, and indigenous rights, amongst others. Projects may include domestic or international travel. To get a sense of the kind of projects the Clinic takes on, please see the projects undertaken in the last year on our website, and check out our May Newsletter.  


To register for this course, you must email a CV and transcript to ihrp.law@utoronto.ca by the deadline for course selection submissions (applications received after this date will still be considered, but only if there is space). 


Optionally, you may include a statement of interest (no more than 1 page) that may address the following: 

      • previously (or concurrently) taken upper-year courses in public international law, international human rights law, or other experience that you consider equivalent; 
      • indicators of academic, analytical, and research and writing ability, which may include grades in
        related classes;
      • any experience in human rights or international issues; 
      • any experience with lawyering or advocacy; 
      • any languages that you can speak/write/read, including at what level (basic, conversational, intermediate, advanced); 
      • why you wish to enroll in the Clinic and whether you can prioritize commitments arising from the Clinic; and 
      • a list of any other Clinics you plan on enrolling in for 2024-25. 

The Records Office will add this Clinic to the student's course selection once participation is confirmed by us. 


Note your application will be kept on file should openings arise over the coming months.