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Please see below announcements about current Fellowships:

Fellowship in International Human Rights:
Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship

Established in memory of Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg, early supporters of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”), this fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Fellows typically work full-time for one year in Human Rights Watch’s New York or Washington, D.C. office. In some instances other locations may be considered. The Fellowship begins in September 2018.

Fellows monitor human rights developments in various countries, conduct on-site investigations, draft reports on human rights conditions, and engage in advocacy and media outreach aimed at publicizing and curtailing human rights violations. 

Past fellows have conducted research and advocacy on numerous different issues in countries all over the world. Examples include projects on: police corruption and access to justice in Liberia; accessibility for people with disabilities in Russia; youth in solitary confinement in US prisons; hazardous child labor in artisanal gold mining in Tanzania; police abuse of gay men in Kyrgyzstan.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: Recent graduates (at the Master's level) in the fields of law, journalism, international relations, area studies, or other relevant disciplines from universities worldwide. LL.Ms are also eligible. Graduates with LL.B. degrees or advanced degrees in other relevant disciplines may also be considered. For this cycle, we will consider Finberg Fellowship applicants with degrees received after January 2015 and before August 2018 as “recent graduates.”

Experience: Prior research experience, including experience conducting interviews, ideally in the context of human rights research, is required.

Related Skills and Knowledge

  1. Demonstrated strong background in international human rights and commitment to building a career in human rights are required.
  2. Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.
  3. Proficiency in one language in addition to English is strongly desired as is familiarity with countries or regions where serious human rights violations occur.
  4. Self-motivation, ability to multi-task effectively, including having good planning and organizing skills and ability to work under pressure are required.
  5. Strong initiative and follow-through, exceptional analytical skills, the capacity to think creatively and strategically, excellent editing skills, perseverance and flexibility while maintaining HRW’s high methodological standards are required.
  6. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW, as well as with external partners, are required.

 

  1. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.

 

Salary and Benefits: The salary for 2018-2019 fellows is US $60,000, plus excellent employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: Please apply immediately or by 11:59 PM ET on October 6, 2017 by visiting our online job portal at https://careers.hrw.org/opportunities/show/?jobid=1479.   No phone calls, please. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please note that shortlisted candidates may be contacted at a later stage to submit the following: two letters of recommendation and an official law or graduate school transcript.

 

Applicants must be available for interviews in New York from late November to mid-December 2017. Please direct inquiries, including technical difficulties with your application submission, to fellowship@hrw.org. Due to the large response, application submissions via email will not be accepted and inquiries regarding the status of applications will go unanswered. 

Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool.

Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.

 

 National Center for Law and Economic Justice Fellowships 2018

The National Center for Law and Economic Justice advances the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities through ground-breaking, successful litigation and policy work. We work nationwide with low-income individuals, grass roots organizations, and their advocates. Our current advocacy is focused on 1) fighting for the rights of low-income families for economic security; 2) expanding and enforcing employment law protections for low-income workers; 3) defeating unfair and abusive debt collection practices; and 4) using the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to advance the rights of low-income people.

 

In light of the Trump administration’s threats to social safety net programs, civil rights, and the rights of immigrants, low-income workers and their communities, NCLEJ’s work is more important than ever. NCLEJ seeks energetic, motivated candidates with a record of commitment to social justice work, experience in developing and implementing projects, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to apply for fellowships that would start in September 2018, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and any other relevant fellowships such as those offered by law schools.

 

NCLEJ welcomes applications describing possible projects that fit within NCLEJ’s mission and areas of work, as well as applications from individuals who have not yet formulated a project. Projects can be national or regional in scope, or focused on the New York City area, and can include impact litigation, legal and policy advocacy, training, and community education. In its advocacy, NCLEJ considers how exploring these issues through the lens of race, gender, or immigrant status can provide new insights into ways of seeking redress. NCLEJ welcomes the fellow’s participation in this effort.

Read more here.

 

The 2017 scale calls for a law graduate to receive $62,400. Generous benefits.

 

Please submit (1) a cover letter setting out why you believe you would be a good candidate for such a fellowship, and your ideas about what you would hope to accomplish in such a fellowship, (2) a resume, (3) a writing sample, and (4) three references. Send these materials by e-mail to fellowship@nclej.org or by mail to Fellowship Applications, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, 275 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1506, New York NY 10001-6860. Your application will be acknowledged by e-mail.

 

Legal Services NYC - Bronx Legal Services

Fellowships  2018

 

Bronx Legal Services, the Bronx office of Legal Services NYC, is the largest provider of free civil legal services in the borough, and the largest single legal services office in New York City.  Our mission is to advance society's promise to its most vulnerable members that all are entitled to equal access to justice through our legal system. Specifically, we are seeking fellowship applicants for our Family and Immigration, Education, Foreclosure, and Public Benefits Units. 

Our Economic Justice Unit handles a broad range of cases including employment rights for low wage workers, access to unemployment insurance and disability benefits, consumer rights, tax and elder law.  A fellow would gain experience representing individuals and groups in state and federal court and administrative hearings.

Our Family and Immigration Unit is engaged in individual and systemic advocacy regarding intimate partner violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and other forms of violence in a wide range of family and immigration matters, including orders of protection, custody/visitation, child/spousal support, U & T nonimmigrant status, VAWA, SIJS, and asylum. It also does work regarding family-based immigration applications and naturalizations, trying to keep children out of the foster care system, family reunification, and the New York State child maltreatment registry.

Our Education Unit is involved in special education and school discipline advocacy, including representation of students with disabilities in special education proceedings and school suspension hearings. The Unit is interested working with a potential Fellow to create a Project around a medical legal partnership geared towards addressing the needs of students with emotional and behavioral issues, and addressing the Schools to Prison pipeline through individual cases, as well as policy work and systemic advocacy.

Our Foreclosure Unit works to stem the tide of foreclosures brought on by the historic foreclosure crisis of the last decade. Many Bronx communities of color have been targeted with abusive mortgages while disproportionately being denied conventional mortgages and other financial services.  Through litigation, representation in court settlement conferences and non-litigation advocacy outside of court, the Foreclosure Prevention unit seeks to end these abusive practices while remediating the legacy of predatory lending in the Bronx by transforming these mortgages into affordable loans that preserve homeownership and retain wealth in the form of home equity.

Our Public Benefits Unit represents clients challenging denials or reductions of public assistance, Medicaid and SNAP benefits. It represents clients in administrative Fair Hearings, appeals in Supreme Court Article 78 proceedings and affirmative litigation challenging systemic barriers to access to benefits by working people, the disabled and individuals with language barriers.

Our LGBTQ Advocacy Project handles individual cases and identifies systemic issues affecting these communities.  We handle a wide variety of matters in a general practice model including immigration, public benefits, family, divorce, domestic/intimate partner violence, health, and education matters. Our Project coordinates with LSNYC's Citywide LGBTQIH Project and works closely with CBOs throughout the City who work with LGBTQ-identified people. 

Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to Sylvia Figueroa, Assistant to the Project Director, Bronx Legal Services, by email to sfigueroa@lsnyc.org “Fellowship 2018”.

Urban Justice Center Community Development Project
2017 Legal Fellowship Candidates

The Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center announces the opportunity to apply for sponsorship for post-graduate legal fellowships starting in the fall of 2018 (applications to fellowship foundations due fall 2017).   

The Community Development Project seeks rising third-year law students, recent law graduates with judicial clerkships beginning in the fall and those currently clerking to sponsor for public interest law fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works, Kirkland & Ellis New York City Public Service Fellowship Program, and similar programs. CDP invites fellowship project ideas that fall within any of our legal practice areas, and particularly seeks projects designed to support our community partners’ racial justice work.

About CDP

The Community Development Project provides legal, participatory research and policy support to strengthen the work of grassroots and community-based groups in New York City to dismantle racial, economic and social oppression. CDP employs a unique model of partnership with grassroots and community-based groups. Our partners take the lead in determining the priorities and goals for our work and advance our understanding of justice. This upends the traditional power dynamics between communities and service providers. We believe in a theory of change where short-term and individual successes help build the capacity and power of our partners, who in turn can have longer-term impact on policies, laws and systems that affect their communities. Our work has greater impact because it is done in connection with organizing, building power and leadership development.

CDP engages our community partners in the areas of workers’ rights, housing rights, consumers’ rights and immigrants’ rights. In addition, the equitable neighborhoods practice provides technical and transactional support to community groups and non-profits.

Please read an overview of our work for more information.

Qualifications:

Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works and similar organizations provide fellowships to graduating law students or outgoing judicial clerks who seek to begin their careers at public interest law offices like the Community Development Project, which sponsors the fellowship candidate. Applicants with experience working with community-based organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must either be admitted to the New York Bar, or sitting for the New York Bar not later than July 2018. Applicants of color and applicants with foreign language abilities, particularly Spanish, East Asian and South Asian languages, are also encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants who are eligible for the fellowships described above (i.e., rising third-year law students, those with clerkships beginning in fall 2017 or recent law graduates currently clerking ), should send a resume and cover letter including a brief description of their interest in being considered for sponsorship by the Community Development Project as well as information about the type of fellowship project they are considering. Applicants should show a basic familiarity with the fellowship opportunities available and the requirements of each. 

Please note: this is not a job posting. General application materials will not be considered.  Send the requested documents by e-mail with the words "Fellowships 2017" in the subject line to cdpfellowships@urbanjustice.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through 5 p.m. EST on July 7, 2017. Due to our rolling deadline, early applications are encouraged.

Contact Information: cdpfellowships@urbanjustice.org, Community Development Project, Urban Justice Center, 123 William Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY, 10038, Attn: Fellowships.

The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer. CDP encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with personal experience with the criminal justice system. We strongly encourage applications from people with lived experiences in the communities we serve.

Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD
Law Intern & Fellowship Program for Students and Recent Graduates
Fall 2017

The Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) is an independent office charged with investigating, reviewing, studying, auditing, and making recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs, and practices of the New York City Police Department, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NYPD, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force. OIG-NYPD is independent of the NYPD and is part of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI).  For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/html/oignypd

OIG-NYPD is seeking energetic law student interns and/or post-graduate legal fellows to assist OIG-NYPD attorneys and investigators in a wide range of legal and investigative projects.  The positions offer an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of public concern in a, high-profile environment.  Interns/Fellows will examine legal topics relating to active reviews and investigations of NYPD policies and practices, research and draft legal documents, summarize pertinent case law and legislation, support OIG-NYPD operations, review investigative material, assist with inquiries received by OIG-NYPD, participate in internal staff meetings and external meetings with key stakeholders, and help develop strategies and policies.  The positions are unpaid.

The selected candidate should be enthusiastic about working in government and on police accountability, law enforcement, civil rights, and criminal justice issues.  Candidates should demonstrate good judgment, high ethical standards, strong analytical and writing skills, and a proactive attitude. All candidates are required to successfully complete a criminal background check. 

To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, and a short (5-10 page) legal writing sample via email or postal service to the address below. Writing samples that contain legal arguments and analysis are preferred over general research papers or legal journal articles/notes. 

Asim Rehman
General Counsel
Office of Inspector General for the NYPD
NYC Department of Investigation
80 Maiden Lane
New York, NY  10038

OIGNYPDintern@oignypd.nyc.gov (Subject Line:  Law Internship/Fellowship)

Applicants participating in a formal internship, fellowship, or externship program through their law school should specify the duration of the program and the number of hours they will be available and/or required to work.  Candidates will be required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the posting will close once the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to the email address above. 

 

Legal Momentum Announces New Gender Justice Fellowship

Help lead the fight for equal rights for all women and girls.

Every day, the news highlights the unprecedented challenges facing women and girls in the 21st century. From old-fashioned “locker-room talk” to the latest digital platforms, women and girls are subject to violence, harassment, and discrimination.

Legal Momentum has been leading the way to eliminate gender bias by helping women access justice for nearly 50 years. Now, Legal Momentum has established a new, two-year Gender Justice Fellowship to continue its mission to transform our society into one where all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and live and work free of discrimination and violence.

The Gender Justice Fellow will work with grassroots organizations, the media, government entities, labor unions, and advocacy organizations to advance Legal Momentum’s mission of gender equality, with a strategic focus on parity in the workplace. The Fellow will serve as an ambassador for our work among girls and younger women. Professionals from diverse disciplines, including education, law, media, and technology, with at least two years of social justice-related experience and demonstrated commitment to women’s rights, human rights, and civil rights are encouraged to apply.

Click here for a full job description and application instructions.

The 2017-2018 Gender Justice Fellowship is generously funded by a Cy Pres award recommended by Mehri & Skalet, PLLC, and Moody & Warner P.C. 

 McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program for Law Students/Undergraduates
 

Summer
1Ls, 2Ls, Undergraduates
Deadline | March 15, 2017

The McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program supports students interested in the legal profession and will help students develop a commitment to advocacy on behalf of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community. The Program seeks to achieve these goals by providing undergraduate and law school students with meaningful internship experiences at the Washington, DC offices of NAPABA and NLF.

McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program for Law Students (click to apply)
McGuireWoods/NLF Internship Program for Undergraduates (click to apply)

Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship
 
In partnership with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, NLF will be accepting applications for the Fred T. Korematsu Summer Fellowship Program. The program will provide $6,000 for a meaningful summer internship at a public interest organization. The intern will work to further Fred T. Korematsu's legacy as a civil rights pioneer. Initial funding was provided by Parkin Lee and The Rockefeller Group. For more information and to apply, click HERE.

 NAPABA Law Foundation Underserved Communities Fellowship
 

Summer/Flexible
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls
Deadline | Feb. 15, 2017

Through a generous gift from Les R. Jin, NLF has established a $6,000 fellowship for one law student or recent law school graduate to gain meaningful legal experience at a public interest host organization on a project designed to advance opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans who are part of one or more under-served Asian Pacific American communities. The Fellowship is open to all currently enrolled U.S. law students in good standing to work at any qualified not-for-profit host organization in the U.S. If the Fellowship recipient is someone who is currently a first or second year law student, s/he shall perform the fellowship during the following summer. If the awardee is a third-year student, s/he shall finish the fellowship within seven months of his/her graduation. For more information and to apply, click HERE.

 Perkins Coie LLP 1L Diversity Fellowship
 
Perkins Coie LLP is pleased to offer a 1L Diversity Fellowship for the 2017 summer program. Since 1991 the Firm has awarded fellowships to first year law students from a diversity of backgrounds. The fellowships provide students with a $15,000 academic scholarship and a paid summer associate position immediately following the completion of their first year of law school.

The application period runs from December 1, 2016 through January 16, 2017. For more information (and to apply) please visit our website: https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/about-us/careers/summer-program/1l-opportunities.html

Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD Law Intern & Fellowship Program
for Students and Recent Graduates
Spring 2017 (January through May) Summer 2017 (May through August)
 

The Office of the Inspector General for the NYPD (OIG-NYPD) is an independent office charged with investigating, reviewing, studying, auditing, and making recommendations relating to the operations, policies, programs, and practices of the New York City Police Department, with the goal of enhancing the effectiveness of NYPD, increasing public safety, protecting civil liberties and civil rights, and increasing the public’s confidence in the police force. OIG-NYPD is independent of the NYPD and is part of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI). For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/html/oignypd.

OIG-NYPD is seeking energetic law student Interns and/or post-graduate legal fellows to assist OIG-NYPD attorneys and investigators in a wide range of legal and investigative projects.  The positions offer an opportunity to work on cutting-edge issues of public concern in a, high-profile environment.  Interns/Fellows will examine legal topics relating to active reviews and investigations of NYPD policies and practices, research and draft legal documents, summarize pertinent case law and legislation, support OIG-NYPD operations, review investigative material, assist with inquiries received by OIG-NYPD, participate in internal staff meetings and external meetings with key stakeholders, and help develop strategies and policies.  The positions are unpaid.

The selected candidate should be enthusiastic about working in government and on police accountability, law enforcement, civil rights, and criminal justice issues. Candidates should demonstrate good judgment, high ethical standards, strong analytical and writing skills, and a proactive attitude. All candidates are required to successfully complete a criminal background check.

To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest, and a short (5-10 page) legal writing sample via email or postal service to the address below. Writing samples that contain legal arguments and analysis are preferred over general research papers or legal journal articles/notes.  Applicants should specify if they are applying for a spring position (January to May) or summer position (May to August).

Asim Rehman
General Counsel
Office of Inspector General for the NYPD
NYC Department of Investigation
New York, NY 10038
OIGNYPDintern@oignypd.nyc.gov
(Subject Line: Law Internship/Fellowship)

Applicants participating in a formal internship, fellowship, or externship program through their law school should specify the duration of the program and the number of hours they will be available and/or required to work. Candidates will be required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the posting will close once the position is filled. Questions may be directed to the email address above.