Columbia Law School is pleased to announce its 2015–2016 Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship Program for individuals with extraordinary potential in the field of international human rights. The Fellowship is designed to support students pursuing an LL.M. degree at Columbia who show exceptional commitment and potential to use their education to become innovators and leaders in human rights practice and/or academia.
The Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship is jointly coordinated by the Human Rights Institute and the Office of Graduate Legal Studies, which manages the School’s LL.M. and J.S.D. Programs. Fellowships offer partial to full waivers of tuition, and in some cases, a living stipend, depending on the applicant’s demonstrated level of financial need.
LL.M. Human Rights Fellows will receive tailored skills and career mentoring in both practice and academic scholarship from Human Rights Institute faculty, staff, and advisors; be invited to special events with leading human rights advocates and scholars; and be afforded the opportunity to participate in the Human Rights Institute’s cutting-edge research projects. Fellows will also be given special consideration for admission to Columbia’s Human Rights Clinic, an innovative course where students learn to be strategic, creative, and critical human rights advocates while pursuing social justice in partnership with civil society and communities, and while advancing human rights methodologies and scholarship. Fellows are expected to devote a significant part of their studies while at Columbia to human rights, and to take an active part in the law school’s vibrant human rights community.
Applicants must demonstrate experience in international human rights and a commitment to a career in the field, whether in academia and/or human rights practice. Candidates from Africa, Asia, and Latin America and candidates who face impediments to education and leadership because of their race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background, gender, or sexual orientation are strongly encouraged to apply.
More information on the Human Rights LL.M. Fellowship & application instructions.
Post Graduate Fellowships:
David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship
The David W. Leebron Human Rights Fellowship enables a Columbia Law School graduate to spend one year working with a host organization on a human rights project of the graduate’s choice anywhere in the world.
Human Rights Watch, a leading international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization, has created the Sandler Fellowship for a Columbia Law graduate from the J.D. program in honor of Judge Leonard Sandler ’50. The fellow will spend one year in either the New York City or Washington, D.C. office monitoring human rights developments in various countries, conducting on-site investigations, drafting reports on human rights conditions, and engaging in advocacy aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations.
Herbert & Nell Singer Social Justice Fellowship
This Fellowship honors class of 1928 graduate Herbert Singer and his commitment to providing support to meaningful learning experiences in public interest law. This annual Fellowship will help launch the social justice career of a Columbia Law graduate who demonstrates substantial commitment, ability and preparation for making a difference as a public interest lawyer by providing a stipend to do civil public interest or human rights legal work at a not-for-profit organization in the United States. The Fellow must begin work within five months after graduation or completion of a clerkship. Proposals for the fellowship are due by 3:00 p.m. on Monday April 27, 2015. Click here for the 2015 Fellowship notice and application.
Through the Columbia Law School, students are able to access internships that provide experience and the opportunity to advocate for human rights. Students are given the chance to choose from internships around the world, all dealing with significant human rights topics, from helping establish the International Criminal Tribunals in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, to researching prison conditions in Sri Lanka, to assisting in the writing of a Freedom of Information Act for Guatemala. Training is available prior to internships, allowing students more substantive assignments.
Columbia Law School guarantees summer funding for human rights internships at a broad range of organization both in the U.S. and abroad.
For more information on the Human Rights Internships Summer Program for Columbia Law School students, please visit Social Justice Initiatives
Internships at Human Rights Organizations
Research Assistants sought in Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
Professor Sarah Knuckey, the Director of the Human Rights Clinic and Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute, is seeking Research Assistants for the 2015-2016 academic year. RAs typically commit to 10 hours per week, but hours can be discussed on a case by case basis. The positions are paid, and open to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs. RAs are sought with an interest in the following topics:
- New weapons developments and international humanitarian and human rights law; arms control.
- PTSD, resilience, and mental health in the human rights field; psychology and law.
- Critiques of human rights and human rights advocacy tactics.
- Neuroscience, memory, and interviewing victims of human rights abuses.
Interested applicants should send: (a) a cover letter, explaining your interest and qualifications, and (b) your CV, to email@example.com. Please write “RA Application - Human Rights & IHL” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Research Assistants sought for Human Rights in the United States Project
The Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School has is seeking research assistants for Fall 2015 to help with projects related to our domestic human rights advocacy work. Our Human Rights in the U.S. Project builds the capacity of domestic lawyers, policymakers and advocates to incorporate a human rights framework into social justice advocacy efforts by building networks, facilitating trainings, conducting educational outreach, and promoting coordination among progressive public policy and advocacy groups. We also directly contribute to the development of legal theories and positive precedents based on international law through work on select litigation before U.S. courts, in international and regional fora, and through other advocacy projects. The position requires a commitment of 10 hours per week. RA's are eligible for academic credit.
You can learn more about this project on our website. If interested, please send a short cover email, resume, and a short writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “RA Application - Human Rights in the US” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Please check here for information on research opportunities with HRI. If you are interested in opportunities to assist with research, please contact email@example.com.