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Winter 2021 Clinic

Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

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 28, 2020.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 31, 2020.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to this clinic by submitting an application.

Placement Site: Ghana.

In the 2020-21 academic year, the Making Rights Real clinic will build on a partnership between Professor White, Harvard law students, University of Ghana Law School faculty and students, and a Ghanaian civil society organization (CSO) engaged in leading-edge human rights work on educational equity in Ghana’s underserved rural North. Though there may be an opportunity for selected students to travel to Ghana over spring break, this January’s activities will take place through intensive online lawyering activities, including virtual stakeholder meetings and community workshops, interviews with government officials, Ghana School of Law/HLS collaboration. The goal of this year’s clinic will be to assist community members to document and critique experiences of educational inequity and take part in an on-going process legislative and policy reform. 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 engagement with an organization widely recognized for its creative work.

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 28, 2020. Accepted candidates will be enrolled in the clinic and clinical course by the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs.