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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Top Law Schools For Human Rights

Top Law Schools: Human Rights Law, preLaw, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2019, at 40:

Human RightsAssuring the Gift of Humanity
Protecting human rights is one of the world’s most vexing challenges. Name a nation that hasn’t seen struggles in doing so, including the United States, where migrants are enduring harsh conditions in over-crowded detention centers along our southern border. Helping to defend human rights has long been a vital mission of many law schools. A number of those schools have religious ties. ...

American University Washington College of Law is one of only four schools to get [an A+]. Another 14 schools earned A grades, which shows the emphasis that many schools place on this work.

Unfortunately, the need to defend and protect human rights seems unlikely to go away. Think of all the stresses on human rights, from wars to hostile regimes to poverty to discrimination. ... Many schools that focus on human rights work all around the globe. ... Much of the work takes place in Africe. ... But human rights issues occur in our backyard as well.

preLaw magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of their curricular offerings. The scores were weighted as follows: 30% for a concentration, 24% for a clinic, 12% for a center, 12% for an externship, 9% for a journal, 8% for a student group, 5% for a certificate and added value for other offerings.

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Comments

1) Prelaw Magazine? Boy, that doesn't sound like an industry mouthpiece at all!

2) "The scores were weighted as follows: 30% for a concentration, 24% for a clinic, 12% for a center, 12% for an externship, 9% for a journal, 8% for a student group, 5% for a certificate and added vaule for other offerings." So... no consideration of student debtloads, the primary determinant of whether these law students can get into very poorly paying human rights law to being with? (well, once we get past the requisite social capital / school pedigree).

3) American's law school is called Washington College of Law? Boy, I wonder how often their admin has to tell their students not to *accidentally* write "Washington University Law" on their resumes....

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Sep 21, 2019 2:04:38 PM

In addition to the "student debtloads" the job placement rate should also be included, with differentiation between those schools that actually place their students in human rights-related employment versus those grads that go on to general litigation outside the human rights arena. For example, American Univ. has a large human rights program, but relatively few of the AU law grads actually get jobs in the human rights field, unless they have prior connections.

Posted by: John Saunders | Sep 23, 2019 6:05:21 AM