We welcome applications from persons in all fields of human rights practice. Past students have come from a variety of backgrounds including international, governmental and non-governmental agencies, private and corporate practice, academia, medicine, journalism and the armed forces.  The programme seeks the widest possible diversity in both its students and faculty. Most human rights work is done within a national and local context and you need not have international experience to be eligible.

The degree is designed primarily for early and mid-career lawyers with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of human rights. About 70% of our students are lawyers but non-lawyers with extensive experience are also welcome to apply. The course is enriched by the variety of student backgrounds and the evidence indicates that non-lawyers perform as well on the course as lawyers