Thread for people wanting to do international human rights

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Re: Thread for people wanting to do international human rights

Postby appli2017 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:42 am

I'm aware this is an old thread but I was wondering if anyone on here knows of Fordham's reputation in this field? On paper, it seems like they have really great human rights programs and international opportunities but I am not too sure about their reputation.


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Re: Thread for people wanting to do international human rights

Postby bigolpancake » Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:27 pm

Hey guys,

I'm just looking for some advice, particularly from those with great experience in this field like worldtraveler. I'm a 3L currently in my last semester at a T2 law school, and I'm still trying to decide what to do after law school in pursuit of a career in international human rights law. While my grades aren't great (I'm right at the median and can't change that now), I have some relevant credentials:

I've interned with human rights NGOs in 3 different countries/continents doing legal work, I've volunteered with a human rights NGO domestically since my 1L, I traveled to Guantanamo Bay as an NGO observer, I've worked in my school's human rights clinic, I won my school's moot court competition, I'm currently working on a shadow report as a principle author, and I'm in talks with a Professor who wants to help get me published in an international law review journal.

My grades aren't up to snuff partly because I've been engaged in a lot of volunteer work, but mostly because I think law school classwork is exceptionally draining and altogether dreadful (who doesn't, I know). Do I have any hope of ever landing a "prestige" job--like those at the UN, bigtime NGOs, The Hague, etc.--or did that ship pretty much sail with my law school rank and grades? Also, what are my best options for continuing on a path of international human rights law? So far the only thing I can think of is landing a job with an NGO that has some international reach--perhaps some located in Washington, D.C.--but what other viable options are there for me?

I realize this is an old thread, but hoping to get some advice and to continue building this as an excellent resource for those interested in this field.


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