As we work towards a world where the law is rooted in human rights and legal systems are equitable and accessible to all people, we believe that law students can be key partners to communities to help them build power and advance justice. Through cutting-edge educational programming, post-graduate fellowships, and research projects, law students are offered exciting opportunities to fuse academic learning with practice
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.
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.
- Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship
- Tuttleman Legal Empowerment Fellowship
- Human Rights in China's Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights
Law students have the opportunity to work as research assistants with the Institute’s network of directors and staff 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.