Developing Future Human Rights Leaders

The Institute is deeply committed to building the next generation of human rights lawyers. Through cutting-edge educational programming, post-graduate fellowships, and research projects, law students are offered exciting opportunities to fuse academic learning with practice. 

Student Events

In partnership with centers, clinics, and student groups, the Institute organizes educational programs and skill-building sessions for students and the broader NYU community on pressing human rights issues, with a focus on defending dissent and advancing legal empowerment.  

Post-graduate Fellowships

The Institute supports four NYU law graduates with an opportunity to spend a year working with an innovative human rights organization. Fellows are paid a competitive salary with benefits, provided mentoring and consultations with staff, and inclusion in a supportive community of human rights advocates.

Research Assistance

As the Bernstein Institute's Legal Empowerment Scholar, law students have the opportunity to work as research assistants with the Institute’s network of directors and staff, including Faculty Director Meg Satterthwaite and Deputy Director Sukti Dhital, on a wide range of human rights research issues, including the shrinking of civil society space, business and human rights, and the growing field of legal empowerment.

NYU Law Students for Human Rights

Law Students for Human Rights (LSHR) is a re-emerging student organization at New York University School of Law that focuses on connecting students to engaging in human rights work at both domestic and international levels. LSHR's mission is to promote human rights locally and globally by drawing on the unique resources of the NYU School of Law community. LSHR connects students to human rights advocacy opportunities, builds a community for future practitioners of human rights law, and studies and advances strategic human rights issues through reading groups, films, panels, and other activities.