Student Experiences

The Promise Institute offers rich and varied experiences for students interested in human rights. The Promise Institute works closely with a number of student organizations offering human rights experiences, including the International Human Rights Law Association, the International Justice Project, the International Refugee Assistance Project, Law Students for Immigrant Justice, and the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and moot court teams that participate in international humanitarian law competitions such as Jean-Pictet and Clara Barton. The Promise Institute also provides funding for conferences and summer and post-graduate fellowships for students working in human rights.

  • Student Organizations

    International Human Rights Law Association (IHRLA)

    The International Human Rights Law Association's (IHRLA) is a student-led forum for developing knowledge, sharing experiences, and promoting career opportunities within the field of international human rights law at the UCLA School of Law.

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    International Justice Project (IJP)

    The International Justice Project (IJP) is a student-run, extracurricular project at the law school, partnering law students with international law and human rights organizations from around the world to conduct valuable international and comparative law research and to draft legal memoranda and briefs.

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    International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)

    The UCLA Law Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and attorneys to provide legal representation to refugees seeking resettlement.

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    Law Students for Immigrant Justice (LSIJ)

    UCLA Law Students for Immigrant Justice (LSIJ) seeks to develop future immigration law practitioners and advocates, mobilize UCLA Law students to participate in advocacy efforts on behalf of immigrants in the Los Angeles community, foster immigration and immigrants' rights-related dialogue at UCLA School of Law and the greater UCLA campus, and connect UCLA Law students to the broader community by recruiting and organizing students to volunteer with community agencies that provide free and low-cost legal services for immigrants.

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  • Journals

    Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA)

    The UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs (JILFA) is an interdisciplinary publication promoting scholarship in international law and foreign relations. JILFA publishes articles by leading scholars, practitioners, and other professionals from around the world, as well as student comments. Some of JILFA's issues are topical, focusing on immigration or international gender and race discrimination, and others offer more variety, ranging from conflicting approaches to technological developments, to the international criminal court, to sovereign debt crises.

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  • Student Support

    Conference Funding: Students can apply to the Promise Institute for up to $500 to support their participation in conferences and workshops throughout the United States and the world. Check MyLaw for application instructions.

    Summer Funding: The Promise Institute provides funding to students to undertake summer internships at domestic and international human rights organizations. This funding is administered through the PILP summer funding application.

    Post-grad Funding: The Promise Institute offers up to two post-graduate fellowship positions each year. These fellowships provide students with funding to work with an organization for a year following graduation. Previous Promise Institute Fellows have worked with Reprieve, Dejusticia, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UN HCR), the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Human Rights Watch, the National Youth Law Center, the Center for Justice and Accountability, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, and the Global Litigation Action Network.

  • Moot Court

    The Promise Institute provides training and support to students to participate in human rights-related moot court competitions.  Recently, our students have participated in the Jean-Pictet International Humanitarian Law Pleading Competition, the Clara Barton IHL competition and the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition.

  • Blog

    The Promise Human Rights Blog was founded in 2019 as a platform for UCLA Law students to advance domestic and international human rights. The blog is run by J.D. and LL.M. candidates who are dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights, here in Los Angeles and around the world. For more information see

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