Clinical Fellow - University of Chicago International Human Rights Clinic

10 Dec 2019 6:14 PM | Rachel Settlage

THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC is seeking qualified applicants for a full-time position teaching, training and supervising law students as a Clinical Fellow, appointed with the rank of Lecturer. This position is is expected to begin on August 1, 2020. The appointment is for two years with the possibility of a third year re-appointment. The IHR Clinic works for the promotion of global justice. The IHR Clinic uses international human rights laws and norms as well as other substantive law and strategies to draw attention to human rights violations, develop practical solutions, and promote accountability on the part of state and non-state actors.

In collaboration with partners, IHR Clinic designs and implements projects that advance human rights through adjudication in domestic and international fora and other forms of advocacy including fact-finding and documentation, research, legislation and policy development, and public awareness raising.

The Clinical Fellow will work under the supervision of the Director of the IHR Clinic, and will participate in all aspects of the Clinic, including teaching and design of the clinic curriculum and management of clinic projects. The Clinical Fellow will perform the following duties at the direction of the IHR Clinic Director: supervision of clinic students; development of clinic work-product through research and drafting, editing and revising written work; development of teaching materials and teaching in the clinic; identifying and selecting clients; conducting factual investigations; managing IHR Clinic communications and social media outlets, and organizing and coordinating events, such as conferences and lectures, and other clinic activities. Position will likely require international travel. Candidates must have a J.D. or equivalent international degree and at least two to five years of relevant work experience. Relevant work experience can include experience in international law, international human rights, public law and policy advocacy and public interest law practice. Preferred qualifications include demonstrated interest and/or knowledge in international human rights issues, prior teaching experience, experience in international human rights lawyering, demonstrated skills in research, writing and oral advocacy, ability to work with technology and communications, and organizational and planning skills. Must be a member in good standing of the bar of Illinois or another state. Fluency in English is required, and another language, preferably Spanish, is strongly desired.

Each candidate should submit a cover letter, resume or curriculum vita, a law school transcript, a list of references, and a legal writing sample (not edited by anyone else). Candidates are required to apply online and upload all application material at the University of Chicago academic recruitment site:

Review of completed applications will begin on January 9, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled or until February 29, 2020, whichever is sooner.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email with their request.


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