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New International Human Rights Clinic Offered in Spring

JANUARY 8, 2010—Beginning with the spring 2010 semester, the University of Minnesota Law School will offer the Human Rights Litigation and International Legal Advocacy Clinic under the directorship of Professor Jennifer M. Green.

The new clinic will give students experience in human rights advocacy through direct participation in supervised clinical projects and will provide skill-building exercises through classroom training.

Direct experience will include advocacy on various human rights issues in such forums as the United Nations, the Inter-American human rights system, federal and state courts, and coalitions of nongovernmental human rights organizations.

In the classroom, students will learn the core lawyering skills of interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and legal ethics in practice. They will receive training in interview techniques for human rights documentation, the effects of post-traumatic stress syndrome, the effects on attorneys of secondary trauma, and types of oral and written human rights advocacy.

The initial spring 2010 offering will be a one-semester, four-credit course. Beginning in the fall of 2010, the clinic will be offered as a two-semester course earning seven total credits.

For more information, please visit the Law School’s clinical program page.

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