The University of Notre Dame's Center for Civil and Human Rights (CCHR) has just announced which LLM students it has awarded with the Rita Bahr scholarship. The recipients of the Rita Bahr Cari Memorial Fund Scholarship for 2017-18 are Nizar El Fakih from Venezuela and Viviana Ordoñez Salaza. They are both human rights lawyers, and currently taking an LLM in International Human Rights degree at CCHR.
The Rita Bahr scholarship was established by Joe Cari in 2004 at Notre Dame's CCHR and provides scholarship aid for exceptional students coming from struggling nations overseas to enroll in Notre Dame Law. The scholarship is provided yearly, and lawyers outside the United States intending to take an LLM in International Human Rights at CCHR may apply for this financial aid.
Without a financial grant, a student will need to pay for their LLM course at CCHR. The current fees are $55,802. Gaining a scholarship will no doubt help with the fees and other expenses, such as living expenses, and will encourage those who may want to get their LLM degree but simply cannot afford it.
Applicants to CCHR's LLM program must have a JD degree from a U.S. law school with ABA accreditation or an LLB degree from a foreign law school. Besides the Master of Laws program offered by the CCHR, Notre Dame Law also offers a general LLM program and an LLM in London. The latter allows the LLM student to acquire a degree from an American law school while attending classes at the University of Notre Dame in London, England. The focus of this LLM program is on international and comparative law.