Human Rights First (New York, NY)

Faculty Supervisor: Professor Gertz
Credit: 6 credits
Number of Positions: 1

Human Rights First (HRF) is a non-profit, privately funded, nonpartisan human rights organization that seeks to protect refugees fleeing persecution, victims of crimes against humanity, victims of discrimination, those whose rights are eroded in the name of national security, and human rights advocates targeted for defending the rights of others. Students work in one of six core programs and assist by conducting research and drafting memoranda on substantive and procedural legal issues, analyzing legislation, conducting fact researching and reporting on human rights conditions; and editing legal filings and publications.

Hours: Students must work 20 hours per week for 13 weeks.

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed 48 credits and taken two of the recommended courses for this externship.

Recommended Courses: Constitutional Law II, Refugee and Asylum Law, Immigration Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Federal Criminal Procedures, Advanced Legal Research

Selection Process: In order to enroll in this externship, students must first apply directly to the HRF and be accepted in the HRF Intern Program, which is described at The HRF internship is available to law students or recent law graduates. Preference is given to students who are willing to work full time and to students who have taken the recommended courses. Foreign language competency is a plus.

Expenses: The FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights may be able to provide financial assistance with travel and living expenses.

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