Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

Professor Lucie White
Winter 2020 clinic
2 clinical credits

Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement.

Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project (1 fall classroom credit + 1 winter classroom credit + 1 spring classroom credit). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in this clinic will automatically enroll you in the required course.

Additional Pre-/Co-Requisites: None.

By Permission: Yes. Applications are due by August 23, 2019.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 26, 2019.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application. Applications are due by August 23, 2019.

Placement Site: Ghana.

The Making Rights Real clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard law students, and a Ghanaian human rights-oriented civil society organization (CSO) engaged in leading-edge work on community lawyering and policy advocacy on educational equity issues in Ghana's underserved rural north.  This winter's activities will involve two streams:  hands-on policy advocacy that includes assisting with litigation and white papers, and interviewing government officials, and the CSO's policy advocacy staff; and assisting with in community-based workshops in which participants share their children's experiences in the educational system and gain skills for asserting their educational rights. Our CSO partner uses multi-layered lawyering strategies, such as legal research and analysis; reviewing and drafting legislation and regulations; strategy mapping; human rights documentation; participatory action research; partner briefings; designing and facilitating grassroots education and empowerment workshops; conducting community meetings; and working with media.  Thus, in addition to our specific assignments, the clinic provides students an immersion experience with an organization widely recognized for its creative work.  The clinic will take place primarily in Ghana's high poverty Northern Region, with some activities in Accra.

Admission to the academic and clinical components is determined together, by permission of the instructor. To apply, students should submit a two-page double spaced statement of interest and a one-page CV to the clinical office ( with a cc to Ellen Keng ( by 5:00pm on August 23, 2019. Accepted candidates will be enrolled in the clinic and clinical course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.

Subject Areas: Procedure & Practice, International, Comparative & Foreign Law