girlmonster wrote:I don't know how I missed this post. Since you mentioned the shortage of positions, do you know of many CLS students committed to IHR who couldn't find positions after graduation? It seems the guaranteed post-grad funding would help with this.
Thanks for your help!
Hey, no problem!
It's tricky to say, because most people I know wanting to do IHR down the road didn't go all-in trying to find an IHR job directly post-grad. They went through EIP and locked down firm jobs related to international arbitration or some other group with a transnational emphasis, with the hope of transferring to public international law down the road. They'll do fine but it means they're not good data points on looking for international human rights work and striking out... for the most part, I'd guess the reasoning was to pay off some debt first while still building a legal skill set.
I know one girl who graduated the year right before I came in who went straight to Human Rights Watch, and another guy who went straight to rural China to help build up local governments. That's all I know off-hand. If you email the school, though, I'm sure they can tell you about some of the careers and maybe numbers on exactly how many students did it! The one you'd probably want to email would be Heather Moore over at SJI, her contact info's at this link:http://web.law.columbia.edu/social-just ... c-interest
There are also professors who've done some great work, and I'm sure they'd be responsive to email, too. Lori Damrosch is a monster, and if memory serves she's the head of some huge international law group (American Bar Association on IL? I forget...), and regardless she's super well-connected so she could probably point you toward some people. I shot her a few questions after the Admit Weekend last year and she fielded them all pretty nicely. She spoke at an event earlier this year and brought in a woman who'd help get the ICTY up and running, as well as a couple other IHR people. If you're looking at China, you can try Ben Liebman, who's also great.