The program provides specialized training to top graduates from South African law schools for careers as impact-oriented public interest lawyers in the areas of health, human rights, HIV prevention, and gender equality.
Details of the Fellowship The fellowship offers a full-tuition grant to enroll in UCLA Law's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program, assists fellows in securing living and travel expenses for their studies, and offers the opportunity to apply for a one-year fellowship placement with Sonke in Cape Town or Johannesburg.
Fellows will enroll in UCLA Law's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy (PILP), and through its workshop and seminars, will meet PILP students and faculty and study the problem-solving challenges faced in public interest legal practice. Fellows will examine the principal skills and conceptual approaches useful to public interest lawyers in the PILP seminar, Problem Solving in the Public Interest.
Through the course Human Rights and Sexual Politics, fellows will interact with students from medicine and public health, and conduct legal research and advocacy for Sonke. Each UCLA Law - Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellow will also elect other related courses and author a substantial writing assignment on a health, human rights, and/or gender equality-related legal issue facing South Africa.
To prepare for American legal study, fellows will take a summer introductory course, American Law in a Global Context, and will have access to ongoing tutoring through its existing student support programs.
Upon completion of the LL.M. degree, each fellow will have the opportunity to apply for a year long fellowship placement with Sonke in South Africa.
If awarded, the fellow will undertake cutting-edge law and policy research addressing the gender inequality dynamics driving the spread of HIV, and examine how to engage men and boys as stakeholders for gender and health equity.
Fellowship Eligibility and Award Conditions The UCLA Law - Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship is open to legal professionals and law graduates holding LL.B. degrees classified second class (division one) or higher from South African law school programs. Competitive applicants will also have a demonstrated commitment to health, human rights, or gender equality, and work or volunteer experience in this area.
As a condition of the award, fellows will be asked to certify that they will return to Africa upon completion of their LL.M. degree, and commit to a public interest career that promotes health, human rights, and gender equality in the African region.
Fellowship Application Instructions To apply for admission, prospective students must submit an online application to UCLA Law's LL.M. program, a separate supplemental application form for the UCLA Law - Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship, and supporting documentation.
Application deadline: February 1.
Please direct questions about the fellowship to hhrfellowship [at] genderjustice.org.za, and questions about UCLA Law's online LL.M. application procedure to llmapplicant [at] law.ucla.edu.