Center for International Law

JD Concentration in International Human Rights Law


Degree candidates interested in enhancing their career opportunities with the JD Concentration in International Human Rights Law must complete a minimum of 16 credits, including 8 required credits, and must graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in international human rights law coursework. In addition, as part of the independent research requirement, candidates must complete a substantial research paper on a topic related to international human rights. This paper may build upon a paper completed in another course, so long as the paper is disclosed in advance and approved by Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Professor Sarah Dávila-Ruhaak.

Students who matriculated prior to August 16, 2019, and are pursuing a JD certificate are subject to certificate requirements in place when they first enrolled, provided they complete those requirements within the time limit for JD degree completion and do not interrupt their enrollment without formal approval. JD certificate requirements in effect prior to August 2019 are available on eCommons; students should consult their degree audit for further information.

Alternatives to the Elective Courses

Concentration candidates may petition to have up to 3 credits from one or more of the areas listed below count toward the concentration's elective requirements. The candidate's work must have a significant focus on international human rights and be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

  • Clinical programs
  • Courses offered at another ABA-approved law school
  • Externships
  • Internships
  • Moot court competition participation
  • Other JD elective courses

Proposed Schedule

Degree candidates pursuing the JD Concentration in International Human Rights should consult with Professor Dávila-Ruhaak to plan a specific program tailored to their needs.