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Gender Justice Clinic

Cornell Law School's Gender Justice Clinic provides legal services to victims of gender-based violence and discrimination, as well as to organizations working on related issues.  Through a critical seminar and practical project work, students examine and engage in local, global, and transnational efforts to advance gender justice.

Working in teams under faculty supervision, student attorneys provide legal advice and representation to victims, conduct fact-finding, participate in trainings of magistrates and lawyers, draft or analyze proposed legislation, litigate before regional or international human rights bodies, and contribute to community education initiatives.  The Clinic's areas of focus have included intimate partner violence; sexual assault; human trafficking;  sex discrimination; early and forced marriage; gender violence in schools, prisons or other institutional settings; and abusive obstetric practices.

Through their Clinic work, students gain knowledge of substantive law relating to gender violence and discrimination, develop critical lawyering skills, obtain practice in evaluating and reflecting critically upon their individual and collective work, and contribute to efforts to advance gender justice at home and around the world.

For descriptions of some of our current and prior projects, please click here.  If you are a law student who is interested in applying to the Clinic, please see Students.  If you are seeking legal assistance or collaboration on a project, please see Potential Clients.

To learn more about the Clinic faculty, please click here.  For recent news coverage on the Clinic, please click here.