Current USF Law Fellowships
Introducing M. Kamran Meyer
The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic at the University of San Francisco School of Law is assisted by a clinical law fellow who helps supervise and manage the clinic. The Hamill Fellow's duties include direct supervision of case work by clinic students and clinic classroom teaching in coordination with clinic faculty. The Hamill Fellowship is a two-year position currently held by M. Kamran Meyer, a 2008 graduate of the USF School of Law.
A successor to our first in-house program, the criminal clinic remains a core component of the USF Law Clinics. Students enrolled in this clinic represent indigent defendants in all phases of criminal proceedings, from arraignment through trial and occasional interlocutory appeals. They also represent defendants in juvenile court delinquency proceedings.
The educational program goals are to strengthen legal practice skills, to reflect on legal practice, to learn clinical teaching methodology under the supervision of an experienced faculty member, and to develop scholarship interest. The Hamill Fellowship provides time for research and writing in addition to teaching and supervising students in representing clients and community outreach.
Asylum Access Fellowship
USF has partnered with Asylum Access to make a one-year fellowship opportunity available exclusively to USF law students. The Asylum Access Fellowship is a one-year, post-graduate position as a Refugee Legal Advocate in one of Asylum Access’s three offices abroad: Quito, Ecuador; Bangkok, Thailand; or Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Asylum Access is the only U.S. nonprofit providing direct legal counsel and representation to refugees outside the United States. Asylum Access (AA) gives refugees the tools to assert their legal rights in their first countries of refuge. AA fellows spend one year representing clients seeking asylum and assisting them in asserting their fundamental human rights. Fellows will learn, through daily client interaction, to cultivate strong relationships with their clients and the refugee communities.
Fellows will use skills learned in the intensive AA training program to prepare their client’s testimony to be presented to the national office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees or to national government asylum adjudicators.
Criminal Sentencing Reform Fellowship
The University of San Francisco’s Center for Law and Global Justice was the recipient of a Ford Foundation grant for the project “Marshalling Global Human Rights to Reform Criminal Punishment and Sentencing in the United States.”
The grant provided for a two-year fellowship to conduct research and advocacy on international law and practice related to extreme sentences, such as life without parole and consecutive sentences that amount to life without parole. The Ford Foundation extended its grant for an additional year of advocacy in 2012. By conducting a global survey of criminal sentencing, the project demonstrated that the United States is not only in violation of international law but is an outlier in the global community in relation to its harsh sentencing practices. The project published a report that is being used to advocate for sentencing reform in the U.S. The report is available here.
For more information on USF Fellowships, contact the Office of Career Planning.