Academic Requirements


The International Humanitarian Law Clinic is open to second- and third-year law students. Students will be assigned to work with one or more organizations (international tribunals, non-governmental organizations, law firms, etc.) during the semester and will work directly with the attorneys at that organization. Clinic students engage in a wide range of complex and sophisticated legal research and writing on relevant humanitarian law topics under the direct supervision of Clinic Director Laurie Blank.

For two hours of graded credit, students work a minimum of 100 hours on their assigned clinic projects. Weekly or bi-weekly classroom sessions will address fundamental principles of international humanitarian law and topical issues in the application of law of war principles to contemporary conflicts, including counterterrorism operations, treatment of detainees and the conflict in Afghanistan. Students will make two short presentations about their clinic work during class as well.

Final grades in the IHL Clinic are based on:

  • written work product
  • class participation
  • class presentations