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The Gender Justice Clinic is a four-credit clinical course in which students examine and engage in local, national and global efforts to advance gender justice.  

Under faculty supervision, students work in teams on cases and practices that address a variety of issues relating to gender justice. Our areas of focus have included domestic violence, sexual harassment and assault, trafficking in persons, abusive obstetric practices, and gender-based discrimination at work.  The Clinic pursues a diverse range of advocacy strategies. Clinic members have represented individuals in a variety of legal matters, litigated before human rights bodies, engaged in legislative drafting and advocacy, conducted fact-finding and reporting, and participated in training and community education initiatives. Some projects may involve domestic or international travel.

Through their participation in a weekly seminar and their case or project work, students have the opportunity to gain knowledge of substantive law relating to gender violence and discrimination, as well as a critical understanding of gaps in the law or its implementation and of underlying policy debates.  The Clinic also teaches students critical lawyering skills, such as persuasive writing, fact development, interviewing, counseling, oral advocacy, organization and management of legal work, collaboration, and cultural competency.  Finally, the Clinic helps students gain practice in evaluating and reflecting critically upon their individual and collective work.  Students in the Clinic thus become more thoughtful and effective legal advocates while contributing to efforts to advance gender justice at home and around the world.

For descriptions of some of our current and prior clinic projects, please click here.

If you would like to apply to the Clinic, please pre-register and submit a CV and short statement of interest describing why you are interested in participating in the Clinic to Professor Brundige (elizabeth.brundige@cornell.edu) by the deadline provided in the current course registration materials.  Please contact Professor Brundige if you have any questions or would like more information about the Clinic.