The HLCMR is a one-year program that starts each fall and that is integrated into the regular curriculum. It is open to law students from their second year, as well as to students of Gender Studies. It comprises two courses, two hours per week each, and an internship. It is held in German.
A foundational course, “Fundamental and Human Rights in Theory and Practice,” takes place during the first semester of the cycle.
Using concrete cases that students will pursue throughout the year, this course teaches the theoretical foundations and the basic skills needed to work with human rights and against discrimination. This includes practical questions of client interaction, the tasks and workings of specialized advice centers, strategic litigation, writing model or amicus curiae briefs, etc. Students are introduced to the basic legal instruments, train competences for advice and litigation work, and develop a practice-oriented understanding of working with fundamental and human rights in concrete cases.
Human rights and anti-discrimination experts are regularly invited for classroom talks and workshops.
The four-week internship in the semester break focuses on the cases that the students have been introduced to during the foundational course. Moreover, students get to know the practical work of organizations and lawyers in the field.
The internships are provided by the HLCMR. We cooperate with NGOs, human rights and anti-discrimination lawyers, as well as official institutions.
In-depth seminar and certificate
The in-depth seminar in the second semester of the cycle continues the casework in a colloquium format. Keeping in touch with the NGOs and lawyers, students expand their case-relevant legal knowledge by conducting academic research, while working on a written product. Depending on the needs of out partners and on the project, this can be a brief or a report ready for use in a trial procedure, in legal policy debates or in advice work.
Emphasizing the importance of human rights work in legal education, the program is part of the regular curriculum, both in the Law Faculty and in Gender Studies. Students obtain regular credits for most parts of the program. However, participating in the Clinic requires a readiness to engage that goes far beyond most courses – in exchange for skills and insight that also exceed a regular academic course. A certificate honors this commitment.
After completing the Clinic, students are invited to remain involved in their cases or in the Clinic project as such (e.g. as part of a study group).
The Humboldt Law Clinic addresses students of law from their second year of studies, as well as MA students of Gender Studies. Students from the Freie Universität Berlin are welcome to participate. Unfortunately, we cannot accept students from special programs (e.g. Erasmus). Prior knowledge in the areas of constitutional rights, human rights or anti-discrimination law is not necessary, but helpful and welcome. However, we most value your personal interest and your readiness to actively engage with the project. Please note that, by signing up for the Clinic, you are committing to participation for the entire one-year cycle (i.e. for the coming winter term as well the one-month internship and the following summer term). Please mind possible interferences with other courses – also for the second term of the cycle! We expect you to actively participate in the entire one-year cycle.
The Clinic can only offer a limited amount of specialised internships. Therefore, the number of participants is currently limited to about 20 students.
Each one-year cycle starts in the winter term. A call for applications will be announced in the summer before the beginning of the cycle. It will be published on this website. If you want to commit for a year, please apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach an anonymized CV (i.e. without a photo, and without listing your name, age/date of birth, sex, marital status, profession of parents, nationality), including in particular any volunteering or other community activities you may have done, as well as proof of your study credits. In your letter of motivation (1 page), please state why you are interested in the Law Clinic and give details on your further study plans. Please restrict your contact details (name, email address) to the email to which you attach these documents.
Unfortunately we can not provide any internships next to the regular cycle of one course. If you want to be updated with latest events related to the clinic, please get signed up for our newsletter and contact us: email@example.com
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