International Human Rights Clinic’s
Mission & Vision
The Clinic’s Mission is:
- To enable experiential learning of international human rights law through unique litigation, advocacy and policy opportunities within our own regional human rights system and other domestic and international venues,
- To inspire students to be ethical and professional human rights advocates, and
- To advance Santa Clara Law’s social justice objectives.
The Clinic aims to:
- Stimulate students to think creatively about the law from a professional, ethical, and social-justice perspective;
- Provide students with a supportive environment in which they can develop lawyering skills essential for effective practice in any legal field;
- Encourage students to share opinions and to work in teams as they learn and reflect upon the complexities of substantive and procedural issues in human rights law;
- Provide students with access to some of the world’s leading international human rights experts;
- Teach students how to become effective human rights advocates;
- Offer guidance and mentorship as students struggle with the legal and human aspects involved in representing victims of human rights violations;
- Challenge students to incorporate international human rights law into their professional domestic or international legal practice, and
- Motivate students to consider a career in international human rights law, and help them identify and obtain internship and job opportunities at NGOs and international, regional, and domestic human rights institutions.
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