Amal Clooney to Teach at Columbia Law School in N.Y.C.

Amal Clooney to Teach at Columbia Law School in N.Y.C.
Amal Clooney
Pacific Coast News

03/06/2015 AT 06:10 PM EST

Amal Clooney is headed to the Ivy League.

The barrister, 37, will join the faculty at Columbia Law School in New York City this spring, the university announced Friday.

The London-based attorney will lecture on human rights law as a visiting faculty member and as a senior fellow with the Law School's Human Rights Institute, the college confirmed in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.

"I look forward to getting to know the next generation of human rights advocates studying here," Clooney said in the announcement.



The lawyer-turned-professor will take on an impressive course load, which includes lecturing in professor Sarah H. Cleveland's Human Rights course and speaking about human rights litigation to students in the school's Human Rights Clinic.

Clooney, who specializes in human rights and international law, is a natural fit to teach the curriculum. She boasts an impressive professional résumé that includes representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings and handling numerous cases before the International Criminal Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Her current clients include The Hooded Men, a group of 10 individuals who claim they were tortured by the British Army in Northern Ireland throughout August 1971. She is also representing Armenia's interests in a genocide trial.

Her husband and fellow human rights activist George Clooney, 53, was not kidding around when he recently admitted at a New York City gala, "My wife's the smart one."

And while Amal's new Ivy League duties will keep her on the east coast for the spring semester, the actor will also be busy with a NYC-based gig, filming his latest movie Money Monster. The newlyweds have been spotted around NYC in recent weeks dining at upscale restaurants and escaping the snow.
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