The Human Rights Clinic was inaugurated in September 2018 in collaboration with Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. The Clinic helps students move from the classroom to the world of lawyering. Students in the Clinic join a community of lawyers working to reduce inequality and injustice faced by marginalized communities across Pakistan. The Clinic is supervised by experienced faculty who provide support and supervision to the students as they move from academia to practice.

Projects

The Human Rights Clinic focuses on social justice advocacy in Pakistan. Each year students work in groups on different thematic projects. Projects vary in scope and geographic focus from year to year. The Clinic has worked on the following areas:

  • Gender-based violence
  • Refugee rights
  • Environmental law & climate change
  • Harassment in educational institutions

To learn more about ongoing and past projects click here.

Skills & Practical experience

The taught-component of the Clinic aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the national legal framework and essential lawyering-skills. The Clinic is an opportunity for students to explore their strengths and identify weaknesses in their working style. The taught-component varies each year but in general students are able to develop the following skills during their time at the Clinic:

  • Oral advocacy
  • Legal research
  • Drafting
  • Examination of witness
  • Ethics & professional responsibility
  • Client interaction / interviews
  • Report writing
  • Team work