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Human Rights Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Human Rights, operated in conjunction with the UConn Human Rights Institute and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), enables J.D. students and CLAS graduate students to pursue a concentration in the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of international human rights. To be eligible for this certificate, students must make formal application to, and be accepted in, the program. Courses may be taken at the School of Law and on the Storrs campus. Relevant courses taken abroad while pursuing a J.D. at the Law School may be counted toward satisfaction of this certificate subject to the approval of the law school's director of the certificate program and the associate dean of academic affairs.

Contact Information

J.D. students should contact Professor Molly Land, professor of law and the Law School's director of the graduate certificate in human rights via e-mail. The LL.M. Certificate of Specialization in Human Rights is a separate program administered by the Graduate Programs Office. Interested LL.M. students should contact that office directly via e-mail.

The Certificate in Human Rights requires a minimum total of twelve credits, consisting of one core course and three electives. It is recommended that students take core courses first before moving on to elective courses. Core courses cover the main historical, philosophical and legal questions in human rights. Elective courses allow students to branch out into the various subfields of human rights such as indigenous and cultural rights, economic rights, human rights in Latin America and Europe and post-conflict justice. Certificate courses do not require pre-requisites, except for Advanced Constitutional Law as indicated.

J.D. students may apply at any time but are encouraged to apply in their second year to facilitate course planning and communication about human rights programming and professional opportunities. LL.M. students are encouraged to apply in their first semester for purposes of planning their LL.M degree.

LL.M. students are encouraged to alert the Graduate Programs Office in their first semester for purposes of planning their LL.M. degree. LL.M students are typically required to take one core course and two electives depending on their prior education.

Forms and instructions for applying to the J.D. certificate program are available here:

More information is available on the UConn Human Rights Certificate website.

Law School courses approved for the certificate are listed below. For a full listing of approved certificate courses available at the UConn Storrs campus, please visit UConn's Human Rights Institute, Graduate Certificate in Human Rights website.

Elective Courses

LAW 7558: Human Rights & Intellectual Property
LAW 7592: Health and Human Rights
LAW 7609: Asylum & Human Rights Clinic (Open only to Law School students. Only the 4 credit classroom component counts towards Certificate.)
LAW 7653: European Human Rights
LAW 7655: Employment Discrimination Law
LAW 7695: Philosophy of Human Rights
LAW 7672: Immigration Law
LAW 7679: International Law
LAW 7722: International Law and Human Rights Clinic (Only classroom component counts towards Certificate.)
LAW 7755: Accountability and Compliance in Criminal and International Law
LAW 7759: The Nuremburg Trials
LAW 7814: Refugee Law
LAW 7815: Worker’s Rights in a Global Economy
LAW 7831: Comparative Constitutional Law
LAW 7838: Advanced Constitutional Law: Individual Rights [pre-requisite Constitutional Law]
LAW 7872: Latin American Law
LAW 7879: International Humanitarian Law
LAW 7883: Human Rights and Post Conflict Justice
LAW 7927-01: Law and the Welfare State

(Note: The most suitable courses at the Law School for students from CLAS at Storrs are LAW 7653, LAW 7679, LAW 7695, LAW 7759, LAW 7872, LAW 7878, and LAW 7883.)

Students may also petition for other courses with a significant human rights component to be counted toward the certificate on an individual basis by submitting a request for course substitution form.