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Interested in a career in Human Rights?

The Human Rights Lawyers’ Association (HRLA) is holding a Careers Day for those interested in pursuing a career in Human Rights Law. You’ll hear from a variety of speakers and get involved in group discussions. Most importantly you’ll have lots of options to gain advice on internships and applications.

Speakers include academics, barristers, solicitors, government lawyers and those who work for NGO’s.

Location: The Law Society, London
Date: 31st May 2012
Time: 1.00pm – 5pm

To find out more or make a booking use the Law Society website.

For those of you who are being held back from undertaking an internship or placement for financial reasons, the HRLA offer bursary awards to assist (and has done since 2006).Here’s the blurb from them about this important opportunity.

The HRLA recognises that those without independent financial backing may not be able to undertake unpaid or poorly paid work in human rights law and might be disadvantaged when applying for jobs in the human rights field as a result. Each year the HRLA provides around 5 awards from a maximum annual bursary fund of £5000 to help successful applicants undertake work related to human rights law that they would otherwise be unable to afford to do. For the first time this year, one successful applicant will be awarded the Peter Duffy Bursary Award, in honour of the human rights lawyer who contributed so much to the field.

Over the past few years, the HRLA has helped students undertake internships at the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre in Hungary, the AIRE Centre in London, the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies in Jamaica and the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Northern Ireland.

Reports from previous HRLA bursary recipients can be found on the HRLA website, along with the application form and selection criteria.

The closing date for applications for the 2012 HRLA bursary scheme is 6th May 2012. Candidates will be informed of the outcome of the competition by 15th June 2012.

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