DEADLINE 4/6: Apply To Be A Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellow at NYU Law’s Global Justice Clinic!

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Attention LLM and JD students interested in a dynamic fellowship at a cutting-edge international human rights clinic, apply to be a Masiyiwa-Bernstein fellow at NYU School of Law’s Global Justice Clinic for the 2018-2019 academic year! Applications are now being accepted. Deadline to apply Friday, April 6. Please note that interviews with selected applicants will be held on Monday, April 9 from 12-3pm.


With a commitment to support the next generation of human rights lawyers, the Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship sponsored by the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights provides exceptional NYU Law graduates with an opportunity to spend one year working with an innovative human rights organization. Fellows are paid a competitive salary with benefits. The Bernstein Institute supports fellows throughout the year with fellow-centered events, mentoring and consultations with staff, and inclusion in a supportive community of human rights advocates.


Global Justice Clinic


The Global Justice Clinic engages in work to prevent, challenge, and redress rights violations in situations of global inequality. Working on cases and projects that involve cross-border human rights violations, the deleterious impacts of activities by state and non-state actors, and emerging problems that require close collaboration between actors at the local and international levels, students engage in human rights investigation, advocacy, and litigation in domestic and international settings. Serving as legal advisers, counsel, co-counsel, or advocacy partners, Clinic students work side-by-side with human rights activists from around the world. The Global Justice Clinic endeavors to carry out its work in a rights-based manner and uses methods from across the disciplines.


The fieldwork of the Global Justice Clinic consists of projects undertaken for or in collaboration with individual clients, human rights organizations in the United States and abroad, and intergovernmental human rights experts and bodies (including the United Nations). Fieldwork focuses on issues related to global injustice such as: economic and social rights such as the right to health and the right to water; human rights, national security, and counter-terrorism; digital surveillance and cyber security; transnational corporate accountability; human rights and the environment; and the human rights of marginalized groups. These projects give students an opportunity to find their role alongside collaborative partners in formulating policy, conducting research, and strategizing legal responses to challenging human rights problems.


Application Process


Interested LLM and JD applicants must submit the following materials:

1) a short personal statement (500 words maximum) describing the applicant’s relevant experience, interest in the work of the organization, and future aspirations;

2) two letters of recommendation, including one letter from a current or former professor or other person associated with NYU School of Law and one letter from a supervisor or employer familiar with the applicant’s human rights work or recent work experience;

3) a résumé

4) law school transcript

Application Deadlines and Instructions

Submit all materials by e-mail to  Recommenders may email letters directly to this email address, or mail them to:

Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Selection Committee
Public Interest Law Center
NYU School of Law
245 Sullivan Street
New York, NY 10012


The Masiyiwa-Bernstein Fellowship Selection Committee will review applications and select finalists to be interviewed by the organizations. Factors the committee will consider include:

  1. a) the applicant’s human rights experience (in law school courses, extracurricular activities, summer jobs, and full-time work);
  2. b) the applicant’s leadership capabilities and likely future commitment to human rights work; and
  3. c) the applicant’s interest in and commitment to the organization’s work.