NYU Global Justice Clinic – Clinical Teaching Fellowship

NYU School of Law invites applications for a one-year Teaching Fellowship with its Global Justice Clinic for the academic year 2014-2015. The fellowship will begin during summer 2014, with the exact start date negotiable. The ideal candidate will be an experienced advocate who is both passionate and critical of human rights as a response to global injustice. S/he should be enthusiastic about supporting students in reflexive, accountable human rights advocacy.

The Fellow will work closely with Clinic Director Professor Margaret Satterthwaite, and will enjoy mentorship in teaching, scholarship and human rights lawyering. The Fellow will have the opportunity to gain teaching experience and will directly supervise students on clinic cases and projects.

The Global Justice Clinic provides high quality, professional human rights lawyering services to individual clients and non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, partnering with groups based in the United States and abroad, as well as undertaking its own projects where independence is a strategic benefit. Serving as legal advisers, counsel or advocacy partners, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world. Working on cases and projects that involve cross-border human rights violations, the deleterious impacts of extraterritorial activities by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels, students engage in human rights advocacy in domestic and international settings.

For more on the Clinic, see the website.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a minimum of two to five years of relevant experience, and must have a law degree (from any country). Preference will be given to individuals who have experience as practicing lawyers or human rights advocates in one or more countries. Evidence of the following will be especially helpful:

  • In-depth knowledge of international human rights law, mechanisms, and debates
  • Experience puzzling through difficult strategic, ethical, and/or legal challenges related to human rights, social justice or inequality
  • Ability to conduct multifaceted work with multi-national and/or multi-lingual teams
  • Capacity to work in high-pressure, low-resource, time-stressed environments
  • Aptitude for teaching, management and supervision
  • Ability to work in more than one language (especially relevant to GJC’s current docket are French, Haitian Creole and Arabic)
  • Willingness to travel internationally
  • Desire to develop a career devoted to human rights or social justice—as a clinician or a practicing lawyer or advocate 

To apply: Applicant should submit (1) a 2-3 page cover letter addressing the qualifications described above; (2) a one-page description of a project the Fellow would propose to develop as part of the GJC; (3) a resume or curriculum vitae; (4) a law school transcript; (5) one or two writing samples; and (6) the names and contact information for three referees. Submit these materials to Professor Satterthwaite’s assistant Diana Limongi.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by May 8, 2014. Applicants chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Competitive salary and benefits.