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Immersion Course

Haiti and the Rule of Law (2 classroom units / 2 externs units)
San Francisco & Haiti

Classes in SF - Dates tbd / Travel to Haiti - Dates tbd

 Apply nowThis unique course consists of a two-unit internship with the international NGO Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) preceded by a two-unit classroom component taught at USF law school..  The course will examine Haitian constitutional and statutory law, focusing on the incorporation in the Haitian constitution of international human rights and the failure of the Haitian state to protect those rights.  Included in the course is a case study of the human rights violated by human trafficking; the first half of the case study will be at USF and the second half at the law school of the State University of Haiti.

The internship in Port-au-Prince at the offices of the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) and in refugee camps, will be built around IJDH's international advocacy and local litigation strategy to assist Haitians in enforcing their basic human rights to housing, food, water, sanitation, health and personal security.  Emphasis will be on increasing students’ cross-cultural legal communication skills, critical thinking and writing.

 Nicole Phillips, Staff Attorney for IJDH and USF's Assistant Director for the Center for Law and Global Justice Haiti Programs, will be teaching and directing the program.  Dean Brand and Professor Donovan will assist in the Haiti-based program components relating to human trafficking.

Immersion Courses Requirements: Students must have completed one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study at USF School of Law. Preference will be given to 2nd and 3rd year students who have taken International Human Rights Law and/or Comparative Law.
Note: This four (4) unit program consists of two (2) units of classroom credit in San Francisco and two (2) units of clinical internship credit in Port-au-Prince.  Internships will be with the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). Students must enroll and complete the entire 4 unit program. Partial credit will not be given. All units are Credit/No Credit (non letter graded).

Tuition - $4,000 (4 units).

Application deadline: January 25, 2013

Non-refundable Commitment deposit: March 15, 2013

Tuition deadline: April 15, 2013


In 2012, the Freitas Foundation has funded one full tuition scholarship and one partial tuition scholarship for students participating in USF's Haiti program. 

The scholarship is based on the following three criteria:

1.  Commitment to Public Interest Work, as shown by a track record of such work;
2.  Grades;
3.  Demonstrated Need.

If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please write a memo addressing the above three points and attach it along with your application due Jan. 25th