Duke University, School of Law

Position ID:Duke-Law-FELLIHRC [#19568, 1514]
Position Title: Clinical Fellow, International Human Rights Clinic
Position Type:Non-regular rank faculty
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map]
Subject Area: Law
Appl Deadline:2021/10/15 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2021/09/14, listed until 2021/10/15)
Position Description:    

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Clinical Fellow, International Human Rights Clinic, Duke University School of Law 

Duke Law seeks to fill a Clinical Fellow position in its International Human Rights Clinic beginning in January 2022. 

Duke Law has deep faculty, student and institutional engagement in human rights and international law. The Clinical Fellow will work closely with the two faculty in the International Human Rights Clinic—its Director and Supervising Attorney/Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching).  Working under the supervision of the Clinic’s faculty, they will help supervise student fieldwork in Clinic projects and participate in the planning and teaching of the Clinic seminar. They will also assist in coordinating elements of the human rights program at Duke Law, including its Human Rights in Practice series.

The Clinical Fellow will also work closely with faculty and staff in the Clinic and the broader Law School to expand Duke Law’s experiential learning opportunities in human rights, including through student placements in competitive summer and semester fellowships and externships in human rights and related fields. In particular, the Clinical Fellow/Supervising Attorney will work closely with the Director and other faculty to establish and facilitate a pro bono project in human rights designed to provide greater experiential opportunities to students from the beginning of their Law School experience.

The individual selected for the position will receive mentorship in teaching, scholarship, and human rights lawyering and will have an opportunity to work with the faculty affiliated with the Center for International and Comparative Law.

The term of the appointment is two and a half years, comprised of two one-year and one-six month contract. Spring 2022 is to provide coverage while the Director is on academic leave. While a start date of January 2022 is preferred, candidates available to start in Summer 2022 for a term of appointment of two years (comprised of two one-year contracts) are also strongly encouraged to apply. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and competitive with similar fellowship positions at other top U.S. law schools. Please note that as Duke University is undertaking instruction in-person, this appointment similarly requires that the Clinical Fellow be in-residence (not remote).


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • A J.D. degree, or equivalent international degree, at the time of application.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience.
  • A record of, or demonstrated potential for, clinical teaching, advocacy, and intellectual engagement, as well as an enthusiastic commitment to working closely with students.
  • Experience supervising students and/or junior colleagues.
  • Career intention to practice in a human rights, public interest, and/or clinical setting.
  • Excellent research, analytical, communication, organizational, and writing skills.
  • Strong inter-personal skills, including cross-cultural communication.
  • In-depth knowledge of, and practical engagement in, international human rights law and mechanisms.
  • Ability to multi-task across several core components of human rights legal education, including clinical, externship, fellowship, and pro bono activities.
  • Contributions and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including in classroom settings as well as experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to undertake domestic and international travel.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful fundraising.

Application requirements

Applicants must apply through AcademicJobsOnline.org (position 19568) no later than October 15; applications are considered on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged.  The following materials are required for a complete application:

  • CV.
  • Cover letter/Statement of interest.
  • A sample of written legal work no longer than 15 pages.
  • List of 3 references (contact information only).

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

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Further Info:
210 Science Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0362

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