The Center’s LL.M. program is unique in that its commitment to its graduates extends beyond commencement. Upon completion of the LL.M. degree, all students have the opportunity to apply for additional funding from the Center – up to $6,000 – to seek an internship with an appropriate human rights institution or non-governmental organization. In recent years, students have completed internships at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, the ad hoc International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and various other United Nations bodies. Our internship assistance – in addition to our faculty expertise, intimate class size, and research initiatives – contributes to Notre Dame’s international reputation.
As we have for the past several years, the Center continues to partner with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC (the primary human rights body of the Organization of American States) to sponsor an eight month internship for up to two graduating LL.M. students each year. The cost of funding the internships is split equitably between both parties. The Center and the Commission’s sister body, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, have arranged for one year-long clerkship at the Court for a recent LL.M. graduate. Center representatives have met with officials from the African human rights system, who are eager to replicate this successful model at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the nascent African Court. These standing relationships with international tribunals attract students to our program each year and ensure that these tribunals are staffed with the best-educated human rights lawyers available.