Since 2003, the CHRGJ has been offering students at NYU School of Law the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in human rights lawyering through clinical coursework. From fall 2003 to spring 2009, clinical coursework was offered through the International Human Rights Clinic — then co-taught by Professor Meg Satterthwaite and Professor Smita Narula. Due to overwhelming demand for similar coursework, the original IHRC then expanded into two separate Clinics, the Global Justice Clinic and the International Human Rights Clinic.
Through the semester-long Global Justice Clinic (being by Adjunct Professor Sarah Knuckey in fall 2012 and Professor Meg Satterthwaite in spring 2013) and International Human Rights Clinic (taught by Professor Smita Narula), students engage in cases and projects on cutting-edge human rights issues, gaining essential skills relating to documenting abuses, litigating in domestic and international forums, and conducting legal research and analysis. Clinical work also allows students to work closely with non-governmental and intergovernmental human rights organizations, partnering with groups based in the United States and abroad. Working as legal advisers, co-counsel, or advocacy partners, clinic students worked side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world.