Human Rights Experiential Learning Projects

Experiential Learning Project (ELP)

Get Out of the Classroom and Into the World!

WHAT IS AN ELP?

Started by WCL students in 2003, Experiential Learning Projects (ELPs) take students from the classroom into the field to interact with the real people that live the issues we often discuss in the law school classroom. Our goal is to humanize the learning experience, develop participants' understanding of an issue, and infuse learning with transformative potential.  ELPs enable the WCL community to meet with people working/living all sides of a local human rights issue and reflect on their visits and experiences.  ELPs are organized by students, with the help of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and, while there is no specific outcome expected, many ELPs have led participants to create follow-up service projects and independent study projects.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

ELPs are limited to ten participants and they must commit to attending all sessions.  Anyone in the WCL community can participate: all J.D. or L.L.M. students (full- or part-time), faculty and staff. 


SIGN UP FOR THE FALL 2009 ELP!

This fall, join the Center's Student Advisory Board for an ELP exploring the right to education in the U.S. Participants must commit to attending all ELP sessions (usually four) to meet and visit people involved on all sides of an ongoing human rights issue. If you would like to help plan or participate in an ELP, contact the Center at humlaw@wcl.american.edu and please put "Fall 2009 ELP" in the subject line.


Past Projects