ADVOCACY CLINICS

In the Advocacy Clinics, students work on issues related to specific areas of study, becoming exposed to the unique and specific concerns and issues of those areas.

The two advocacy clinics are the Interdisciplinary Training Program for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and the International Human Rights Clinic.

PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

The Interdisciplinary Training Program for the Prevention Child Abuse and Neglect clinic is a year-long interdisciplinary course taught at the OU Child Study Center focusing on the prevention and detection of child abuse. The law school enrolls a maximum of five students. The rest of the class is comprised of OU medical, dental, occupational/physical therapy students; graduate students in psychology, social work, education, public health, nursing, sociology and Oklahoma City University law students.

During the fall semester, students participate in class presentations and simulation exercises. Students are placed in a practicum related to their area of study and participate in a cross-discipline practicum experience. With this instruction, the students are trained to be advocates for the prevention of child maltreatment.

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC

Member countries of the United Nations are required to submit reports to the U.N. Human Rights Council about the status of human rights in their countries. Focusing on indigenous populations, students in the International Human Rights Clinic research and investigate issues that have an impact on indigenous populations in selected countries. Such issues include property rights and regulation of natural resource development; environmental protection; access to education opportunities and medical care; and protection of civil and political rights. Using treaties and international law as a foundation, students work collaboratively in conducting the research, utilizing a variety of resources. Their work culminates in the submission of a report to the council at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The students also present their research and conclusions before a university audience.

Students must have completed a selection of courses including Federal Indian Law, International Law Foundations, International Human Rights, and/or International Environmental Law prior to enrollment in the clinic.

To date, the students have submitted reports to the Human Rights Council discussing Guyana, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, Venezuela and Uganda. They are currently developing reports for Ecuador and Morocco. The reports on Guyana, Panama, Papua New Guinea and Suriname were mentioned multiple times in the official summary reports prepared for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights relating to those countries.