Clinical Fellow, International Human Rights Clinic


Key information
Level Mid-career (3-7 years experience)
Type Temporary
Country United States
Languages English
Impact Area Human Rights
Deadline 10/01/2024

Duke Law seeks to fill a Clinical Fellow position in its International Human Rights Clinic beginning July 1, 2024 for two years.

Duke Law has deep faculty, student and institutional engagement in human rights and international law. The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the two faculty in the International Human Rights Clinic—its Director and Supervising Attorney/Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching).  Working under the supervision of the Clinic’s faculty, they will help supervise student fieldwork in Clinic projects and participate in the planning and teaching of the Clinic seminar. They will also assist in coordinating elements of the human rights program at Duke Law, including its Human Rights in Practice series and Human Rights Pro Bono Program.

The Clinical Fellow will also work closely with faculty and staff in the Clinic and the broader Law School to expand Duke Law’s experiential learning opportunities in human rights, including through student placements in competitive summer and semester fellowships and externships in human rights and related fields. The individual selected for the position will receive mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and human rights lawyering and will have an opportunity to work with the faculty affiliated with the Center for International and Comparative Law.

The term of the appointment is two years, comprised of two one-year contracts. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar fellowship positions at other top U.S. law schools. Please note that this appointment requires that the Clinical Fellow be in-residence.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree, or equivalent international degree, at the time of application.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience.
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, clinical teaching, advocacy, and intellectual engagement, as well as an enthusiastic commitment to working closely with students.
  • Experience supervising students and/or junior colleagues.
  • Career intention to practice in a human rights, public interest, and/or clinical setting.
  • Excellent research, analytical, communication, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, including cross-cultural communication.
  • In-depth knowledge of, and practical engagement in, international human rights law and mechanisms.
  • Ability to multi-task across several core components of human rights legal education, including clinical, externship, fellowship, and pro bono activities.
  • Contributions and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including in classroom settings as well as experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to undertake domestic and international travel.

Application requirements

Applicants must apply no later than January 15; applications are considered on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.  The following materials are required for a complete application:

  • CV.
  • Cover letter/Statement of interest.
  • A sample of written legal work no longer than 15 pages.
  • List of 3 references (contact information only).

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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