Human Rights Law Clinic (812M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You can build on law and theory learnt at degree level through the preparation of pro bono legal opinions for real clients, applying research and writing skills to the analysis of facts in real situations. You will also develop spoken presentation skills.

Under supervision, you'll work on specific legal questions related to international human rights law from clients such as international organisations or government bodies.

Depending on the complexity of the advice, you will work individually or as part of a small group to produce memoranda for clients, following a process of consultation, close supervision, oversight and review, work-in-progress discussion and draft presentations to clients.

Although the module aims to boost your ability to tailor advice to clients, it will ultimately train you in the practice and application of international human rights law.


67%: Practical (Workshop)
33%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Group submission (written), Observation, Professional log)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 21 hours of contact time and about 279 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.