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ACE Rule of Law Fellowship

Exclusively for Penn Law graduates, this ground-breaking fellowship allows a recent graduate to gain invaluable experience at a globally-recognized advocacy organization, launching his or her career in the field of rule of law and human rights.

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Background on the Fellowship

Penn Law’s support for students who seek international and public interest careers has led to a partnership with the preeminent legal advocacy organization Human Rights First.  This fellowship provides a recent Penn Law graduate with the opportunity to spend one full year in HRF’s New York or Washington office, working on cutting edge projects in international rule of law.

One Fellow will be chosen each year, and Fellows will immerse themselves in one or more of Human Rights First’ s programmatic areas such as Egypt and the Arab Spring; internet freedom and privacy; crimes against humanity; national security and human rights, and; business and human rights.

How it Works

Penn Law JD graduates may apply for this Fellowship during their last year of law school, or within three years of their law school graduation.

Applications are due in the Fall, with the selected Fellow announced by February.  The twelve-month fellowship term begins in September of each year.

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Contributing to Vital Rule of Law and Human Rights Work

The precise nature of the work to be performed by the Fellow varies, and will be based upon the background and interests of the fellow and the programmatic needs of Human Rights First. In general, primary responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting research and analysis;
  • Providing support for legislative and policy advocacy;
  • Drafting and editing letters, memos, blogs, press statements,
  • Compiling background analysis documents,
  • Drafting legislative testimony and short policy papers
  • Creating fact sheets, reports, amicus briefs and other written materials to advance advocacy objectives;
  • Supporting outside litigation;
  • Educating the public and policymakers;
  • Monitoring human rights laws and regulations; and
  • Cultivating relationships with national, regional, and international actors.

Fellowship Support

This new fellowship is generously supported by the ACE Charitable Foundation and ACE Limited General Counsel Robert Cusumano L’80.  

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