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LAW 034 v09 : Human Rights Fact-Finding

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Druthers submitted by: mas383
2020-21 Year-Long Course
JD Adjunct
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mas383 Stewart, Melissa
LAW 034 v09: Human Rights Fact-Finding
Human Rights Fact-Finding
M 9:30-11:30a
Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Courses such as International Law I and International Human Rights Law would be helpful to participants, but are not required.

Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.

This course is open to both J.D. and LL.M students.

This practicum course may be suitable for evening students with flexible work schedules. Interested evening students should contact Dash/Muse Fellow Melissa Stewart ( to discuss their particular situation.

THIS COURSE REQUIRES HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE PERMISSION TO ENROLL. Applications (comprised of a statement of interest, a resume, and a writing sample) are due by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 8, 2019, the same day that clinic applications are due. Admitted J.D. students will be informed of HRI’s decision on their application before they are required to make a clinic decision. Selected students will be required to accept or decline an offer to join the project by COB on April 25, 2019. Students who have missed this deadline should contact Dash/Muse Fellow Melissa Stewart ( to inquire whether seats are still available. Selection criteria include but are not limited to: a demonstrated commitment to human rights, experience interviewing or working with individuals affected by human rights violations, ability to work independently and in a group, and ability to complete complicated tasks on a deadline. Additional information is available at

This is a seven-credit course. Three credits will be awarded in the fall; two for the seminar and one for the approximately five hours of project work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Four credits will be awarded in the spring; one for the seminar, one for Week One and two for the approximately 10 hours of project work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks. Both the seminar portion and the project portion will be graded. One grade will be given for the fall semester and another grade for the spring semester.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and project components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and project components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar, or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work, may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

Would you like to offer the Pass/Fail grading option?

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Is this course available to distance students?

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