Clinical Teaching Fellowship 2017-2019

Columbia Law School


  • Location: New York
  • Salary: Competitive salary and benefits
  • Closing Date: 15/01/2017

Columbia Law School is inviting applications for the Human Rights Clinical Teaching Fellowship.  The two-year fellowship will begin in the summer of 2017.

The Fellow will work in the Columbia Human Rights Clinic and in the Human Rights Institute, and with its directors and staff, on clinical projects, syllabus development, teaching, scholarly research and writing, and human rights programming. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Columbia human rights community, and over the two years, will undertake increasing responsibility for designing and teaching clinic seminars; building and leading clinic projects in partnership with civil society organizations and affected communities; providing close supervision, guidance, and feedback to teams of students working on those projects; and conducting scholarly research and writing. The Fellow will be provided extensive professional, teaching, practice, and scholarship mentoring.  

The Human Rights Clinic is an intensive year long course that prepares students for lifelong careers in social justice advocacy around the globe. Through the Clinic, students join a community of advocates working to promote human rights and to recalibrate the global power imbalances that drive economic and political inequality, exploitation, threats to physical security, poverty, and environmental injustice. Through fact-finding, reporting, litigation, media engagement, advocacy, training, and innovative methods, the Clinic seeks to prevent abuse, advance respect for human rights, and promote accountability for violations. Through a combination of seminars and project work, students develop the wide range of skills necessary to be strategic and creative human rights advocates, critically analyze human rights, and advance the human rights methodologies of the Clinic and the human rights field. Embedded in the Clinic’s work is a commitment to the values of equality and mutual exchange in transnational partnerships; respect for rights-holder autonomy, voice, and power; and diversity, inclusion, full participation, and justice within the human rights field. Clinic projects address a wide range of marginalized, urgent, and complex human rights issues around the world and involve a diverse range of human rights advocacy strategies and methodologies. Past projects have addressed issues such as corporate accountability for human rights violations and environmental harms in the extractives industry; human rights and humanitarian law violations in counterterrorism operations and armed conflict; the right to education; worker exploitation in supply chains; abuses by international peacekeepers; and sexual violence.

Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but are strongly encouraged to apply by January 15, 2017.