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With a focus on faith-based initiatives, the International Human Rights Program at Pepperdine University School of Law is unique and growing quickly in response to increased student interest and demand from global partners. Under the umbrella of the Herb and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics, the International Human Rights Program has touch all corners of the globe and created lasting impact in some of the world's most vulnerable places.

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In the classroom, students learn international law and human rights law from distinguished Nootbaar Institute faculty. Outside the classroom, students gain practical experience and make valuable contributions through international externship placements with human rights organizations around the world as well as through on-campus internships.

Among many opportunities, students have recently served abroad as summer law clerks to the High Court of Uganda, combatted human trafficking in Thailand, and worked to protect religious freedom in Eastern Europe.

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From Pepperdine's campus, students have assisted professors and international organizations with research and writing.  In once instance, student were provided the opportunity to assist in researching and drafting an opposition to a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in a case involving international human rights.

The Nootbaar Institute also sponsors speakers, panel discussions and conferences on various human rights issues. Finally, graduating students desiring to pursue careers in the human rights field receive career counseling and mentorship from the Nootbaar Institute faculty and staff.

For more information, contact Jay Milbrandt at jay.milbrandt@pepperdine.edu or call 310-506-4734.