Human Rights Clinics
Students that participate in Center for Law and Global Justice human rights clinics gain practical skills and earn academic credit while giving back to the global community.
Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic
USF's innovative Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Law Clinic focuses on critical human rights issues, including migrants' rights, application of the death penalty to juveniles, and trafficking of women. Under the direction of Professor and Academic Director of International Programs Connie de la Vega, participating students research and prepare presentations for United Nations human rights bodies including the Human Rights Council, the Commission of the Status of Women, and treaty bodies such as the Committee on the Elimination of Race Discrimination. As representatives of Human Rights Advocates, many students present their case to the council at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, or to the Commission on the Status of Women in New York City. Students also work on briefs detailing international law standards to U.S. courts and represent individual clients before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
Amol Mehra | Class of 2009
"I really can't say enough about this fantastic clinic. Our participation as advocates was valued by those delegates and members whom we spoke with, each impressed by the quality of our work."
Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic
The Criminal and Juvenile Justice Law Clinic, under the supervision of Professor Sharon Meadows, provides a needed service to the community and offers students the opportunity to advocate for clients in a courtroom setting at the San Francisco Hall of Justice and the Youth Guidance Center. USF is one of only two law schools in the San Francisco Bay Area that offers students the opportunity to represent clients in an in-house setting. Weekly classes prepare students to counsel and advise clients who are indigent and would otherwise not have access to lawyers. Students interview clients, maintain attorney-client relationships, investigate cases, appear in court at all stages of the proceedings, and develop motion and trial strategies. The clinic offers exceptional real life experience and courtroom exposure that many civil practitioners lack in their first years of practice.