Human Rights Lawyer

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Human rights lawyers are employed by charities and welfare groups, private law firms, lobby groups and government agencies. Their role is usually to advise and represent clients in regards to violations of their on their political, civil and social rights. This can involve a diversity of issues, for example discrimination on the basis of religion or political persecution. This area of the law is highly specialised and employment opportunities are relatively low, existing usually in capital cities here and overseas. This is a career which suits students with an interest in social justice.

Postgraduate studies and research in a relevant area as well as volunteer or work experience within aid organisations such as Amnesty International help employment prospects. Undertaking complementary studies in areas such as politics and history also provide graduates with a good understanding of issues in human rights law.