Jobs & Fellowships
Law faculty meet with students to discuss fellowship and career opportunities, and students are invited to join an email list to regularly receive job and fellowship announcements. The faculty, many of whom have worked abroad, also offer a significant networking resource for those interested in human rights work. Students interested in human rights work in the United States and abroad have access to summer grants of $3,500 (first year) and $6,000 (second year) from the student-run Public Interest Law Association.
The student-run Public Interest Law Association offers grants, from approximately $3,500 to $6,000, to help fund a broad array of summer public interest opportunities. Last summer students worked for:
- Asylum Access (Quito, Ecuador)
- Center for Human Rights Legal Action (Guatemala City)
- Institute for International Law and Human Rights (Washington, D.C.)
- International Bridges to Justice (New Delhi, India)
- International Center for Transitional Justice (Cape Town, South Africa)
- International Justice Mission (Guatemala City and Manila, Philippines)
- Minority Rights Group International (London)
- Center for Applied Legal Studies, Gender Unit, University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)
- U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (Arusha, Tanzania)
- Secretariat of Pacific Communities (Fiji)
Several opportunities for public international law related fellowships are available to Virginia graduates, including:
Orrick International Law Fellowship Provides $55,000 in funding for 3L students or recent graduates who are pursuing clerkships with an international tribunal or constitutional court.
Orrick International Law Fellowship for the International Court of Justice Traineeship Programme) Virginia Law is one
of a select group of American law schools who nominate candidates
for a clerkship with the ICJ. The Orrick International Court of Justice Traineeship Fellow receives up
to $55,000 to support the nine-month clerkship, which is open
to graduates in the five most recent classes.
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Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International
Provides a total of $10,000 for one or two students to pursue a public international law project of their own during a summer internship, during their third year, or after graduation.
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The program maintains a network of recent graduates involved in the human rights law field. Alumni employers include:
- Canadian Centre for International Justice
- Center for Constitutional Rights
- Center for National Security Studies
- Law firm Burke O’Neil
- EarthRights International
- Freedom House
- Council for Global Equality
- Harvard Law School Human Rights Clinic
- Resettlement Legal Aid Project
- Section 27
- U.S. Senate Judiciary and Armed Services committees
- U.N. Office of Legal Affairs
- Women's Justice Initiative
Through the human rights listserv, the Program provides students information about human rights jobs and fellowship opportunities. To join the listserv, contact Cindy Derrick.