UT School of Law
Student: Plan II & Psychology Senior
Position: Human Rights Clinic Intern
An internship at the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law has been particularly compelling because human rights law espouses the union of two very distinct skills – hard analysis and fluid creativity – a union whose full import is realized through careful research, thought-provoking and academic dialogue which is readily supplied in this internship, and a high degree of open-mindedness. The Human Rights Clinic brings together a group of highly skilled law and grad students aiming to target and combat human rights violations on both the domestic and international front, and to be immersed in such an effort was greatly enriching. My responsibilities included extensively researching the background of Ghana – its ethnic and legislative history, researching several NGOs and organizations relevant to the cause, becoming highly familiar with the issue at hand (which included reading the 50-page published report and reading all of the supplementary information on SharePoint), drafting and tailoring letters for various NGOs and human rights organizations, editing tasks for the clinic students, etc. I worked 2-3 hours Monday – Thursday at the law school, in a secured office space designated for the clinic. Being in the midst of hardworking law students, watching ideas got tossed around and making connections helped me in bettering the quality of my tasks and responsibilities because being in such an enriching environment made me feel like I was part of a joint effort – and that is a powerful feeling.