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Post-Graduate Fellowship Sponsorship 

Full Time

SALARY

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

PUBLISHED

06/08/2018

ADDRESS

7 Hanover Square
18th Floor
New York
NY
10004
United States

DESCRIPTION

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, the New York Legal Assistance Group provides free civil legal services to low-income New Yorkers. The organization serves immigrants, seniors, the homebound, families facing foreclosure, renters facing eviction, low-income consumers, those in need of government assistance, children in need of special education, domestic violence victims, persons with disabilities, patients with chronic illness or disease, low-wage workers, low-income members of the LGBTQ community, Holocaust survivors, and others in need. The organization’s annual operating budget is over $27 million. Serving more than 75,000 New Yorkers annually, New York Legal Assistance Group maintains a paid staff of approximately 280, supported by 2,200 pro bono attorneys and other volunteers and interns. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit www.nylag.org.

Mission

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.

Values that guide us

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.

Job Description:

The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) seeks to sponsor third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates for public interest law fellowships, such as the Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowships, starting in the fall of 2019. NYLAG has an excellent track record of successful applicant sponsorship in a variety of areas of civil legal services law.
Examples of possible fellowship projects are listed below, but we will consider any project that fulfills NYLAG’s mission. Each project should include some combination of direct client services, community education, advocacy, and impact litigation. We strongly encourage those considering applying for fellowship sponsorship to reach out directly to staff in the Unit in which the project would be housed to discuss the viability of any potential project prior to submitting your applications for sponsorship. NYLAG staff will actively work with the selected candidates to more fully develop the fellowship proposal for submission.
The Elder Law Practice within the Public Benefits Unit seeks an elder justice legal fellow who will address the civil legal needs of victims of elder abuse. The project will include community outreach and education on how to stop elder abuse and direct legal services to enforce the legal rights of older adults. The fellow will provide screenings for indicia of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and follow-up legal assistance to address current abuse and to preempt any future abuse. This unique position will allow a comprehensive response to the needs of elder abuse victims through regular participation in city-wide multidisciplinary teams of professionals, including government, nonprofit, and healthcare organizations and enhanced with geropsychiatrists and forensic accountants
The Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program (EFLRP) seeks a fellow who is passionate about health care and/or the rights of seniors and people with disabilities. EFLRP advocates for access to health care for low-income people, focusing on seniors and people with disabilities who face challenges obtaining and keeping Medicaid long-term care services to remain in their homes and avoid nursing homes. EFLRP welcomes project proposals involving any aspect of its activities. Projects may include enforcement of consumer rights and due process protections as members of Medicaid managed care plans who must now exhaust plan-level appeals before seeking relief from a neutral administrative law judge, the transition of people who lose Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act when they become eligible for Medicare, and state compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act mandate that services be provided in the home, not in nursing homes. Though not required, EFLRP is especially interested in candidates fluent in a second language, and projects that target consumers with Limited English Proficiency.  Projects will be impacted by any replacement of or changes to the ACA and/or Medicaid.
The Immigrant Protection Unit (IPU) seeks a fellow interested in further expanding / developing a project providing free legal services, as well as community outreach, to low income members of New York’s LGBTQ community.  The fellowship would focus on immigration remedies, but could also include such issues as public benefits eligibility and employment assistance (through our collaborative effort with Madison Strategies). The Immigrants’ Rights Project would provide free legal services to LGBTQ clients in all kinds of immigration matters, including but not limited to asylum, U and T visas, and legal permanent residency and naturalization applications.
LegalHealth is seeking a fellow to start a Housing Part (HP) Project. Many clients have repair issues in their homes that are not being addressed regardless of whether they live in private apartments, rent stabilized apartments, or NYCHA. To address these conditions, tenants must bring an HP action in housing court. Bad housing conditions often impact health and go to the core of the medical-legal partnership mission. For example, mold throughout a home that is not treated can have an extremely adverse effect on the health of any resident but specifically with those who have asthma and other respiratory medical conditions. LegalHealth does not have the resources to represent clients in these actions, although the few times representation did occur, LegalHealth had great success. A Fellow would be responsible for starting an HP Project that would incorporate developing a pro bono component.
LegalHealth is also seeking a fellow to start an Article 81 Guardianship Project. Relatives or friends of incapacitated individuals come to NYLAG seeking guardianship for their loved ones in order to carryout financial or healthcare decisions. The individuals served through this project (petitioner and the alleged incapacitated person) would be low income. There are no free legal serves available to bring such actions. The fellow would, working with LegalHealth and NYLAG’s Total Life Choices Program, develop a project and incorporate a pro bono component.
The LGBTQ Law Project provides free legal services in a wide variety of civil legal matters impacting the LGBTQ community, including employment and housing discrimination, immigration, public benefits, name and gender marker changes, family law and life planning. Despite strong protections at both the local and state level, LGBTQ workers, particularly those who are transgender, non-binary or gender non-conforming, routinely face discrimination on the job. We are seeking a fellow to provide crucial representation to transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals in employment discrimination cases in New York City. In addition to litigating cases in all relevant forums, the fellow will also have the opportunity to provide public education and community outreach to further assist clients fighting back against workplace bias.
The Shelter Advocacy and Homeless Rights Initiative within the Public Benefits Unit will provide individual representation and advocacy for individuals and families navigating shelter admission, denial, and termination issues. The project will also incorporate outreach and education regarding the shelter system and available resources, including City and State subsidy eligibility, to help shelter residents secure more permanent housing. The fellow will work with the Special Litigation Unit to address systemic issues through impact litigation.
The Tenants’ Rights Unit and Special Litigation Unit seek fellows to bring affirmative litigation on behalf of vulnerable tenant populations in New York City, especially immigrants. The project will include tenant outreach, individual representation in court and/or administrative proceedings, and both individual and impact litigation to enforce tenants’ rights under the Rent Stabilization Code and other laws.
The Veterans Legal Assistance Project within the Public Benefits Unit seeks a legal fellow to provide direct legal representation, counsel and advice and community outreach to low-income and homeless veterans and military dependents in New York City. The goal of the fellowship is to connect with veterans in the community to address the legal problems that arise during and after military service that often stem from physical, mental and moral injuries sustained during service. The fellowship will emphasize a holistic approach to service veterans by assisting veterans with income maintenance issues and homelessness prevention. The fellow will assist clients with accessing VA benefits such as disability compensation and healthcare, eviction defense and tenant’s rights, reentry issues, employment and housing discrimination, and a host of other legal issues
Please indicate in your cover letter whether you are interested in any of the above projects or if there is a different project that you would like to develop. We will ask for writing samples and references before interviewing. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with those submitted by July 6, 2018 having priority. You may use the following email address for any questions: fellowships@nylag.org.

Duties and Responsibilities:

See above.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be rising third-year law students or recent law school graduates eligible for the fellowship programs for which they seek NYLAG sponsorship. Please consult the fellowship program websites for information on eligibility.

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

BENEFITS

Excellent benefits.

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIRED

Other 

Office of the Inspector General for the NYC Police Department
Law Internship & Fellowship Program

 

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
Deputy Inspector General
Office of Inspector General for the NYPD
NYC Department of Investigation
80 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038
OIGNYPDintern@doi.nyc.gov (Subject Line: Law Internship/Fellowship Fall 2018)

Applicants participating in a formal internship, fellowship, or externship program through their graduate school should specify the duration of the program and the number of weekly hours they will be available and/or required to work, and include the necessary supervisory procedures for obtaining course credit from their schools. Candidates will be required to work a minimum of 15 hours per week from September through December.

In addition to internships with the Inspector General for the NYPD, the NYC Department of Investigation offers internships with Inspector Generals of other NYC agencies as well as with DOI’s General Counsel unit and other internal functions. To apply for one of these DOI internships, please visit http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doi/about/internships.page.

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.

 Sanctuary for Families
Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowship Program
ABOUT US

Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and related forms of gender violence. Every year, Sanctuary empowers thousands of adults and children to move from fear and abuse to safety and stability, transforming lives through a comprehensive range of services. We provide a range of wrap-around services to help survivors rebuild their lives in the aftermath of abuse, and work to end gender violence through three
key strategies: direct services, outreach and training, and systems-change advocacy. Our services are available in 19 locations throughout New York City.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps (EJW-CVJC) is a legal fellowship program designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims. A cohort of approximately sixty fellows are placed at nonprofit organizations across the country to provide direct representation to victims of crimes, including human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief, and outreach and education to community partners. All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance partners.

This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding. The fellow will be supervised by Sanctuary for Families and based in our Manhattan Office. The EJW-CVJC Fellow will provide legal representation, advocacy and screenings for human
trafficking victims. The Fellow will conduct trainings and community outreaches and collaborate with other agencies to advocate for systematic change.

TO APPLY:  Please select the link: https://careers-sanctuaryforfamilies.icims.com/jobs/1323/case-
manager%2c-anti-trafficking-initiative/job

Download a full description here.


 AABA Law Foundation Invites Applications to the 2018 Garrick S. Lew Fellowship

 The AABA Law Foundation has opened applications for its 2018 Garrick S. Lew Fellowship, a $10,000 award to a 3L law student committed to a criminal defense practice after graduation. The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

The Garrick S. Lew Fellowship is funded through a grant to the AABA Law Foundation from the Minami Tamaki Yamauchi Kwok & Lee (MTYKL) Foundation’s Garrick S. Lew Legacy Fund, created in conjunction with the Lew family to support efforts that continue Garrick’s legacy of advocating for our Asian American communities, AAPIs in the legal profession, and criminal defense.

The AABA Law Foundation administers the Fellowship and selects the recipients. The Foundation awarded the inaugural Garrick S. Lew Fellowship last year to Christopher Gueco of U.C. Hastings College of the Law.

Garrick passed away March 19, 2016, after a distinguished career as one of the Bay Area’s top criminal defense attorneys.

The MTYKL Foundation extends its deepest thanks to the donors of the Garrick S. Lew Legacy Fund and to Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus in Garrick’s memory. Visit https://mtykl.org/garricklewfund for a list of donors.

To apply for the Garrick S. Lew Fellowship, visit http://bit.ly/garricklew2018. Applications are due on February 16, 2018, to the AABA Law Foundation. The Garrick S. Lew Fellowship recipient will be recognized at the Asian American Bar Association Annual Dinner in San Francisco on March 22, 2018.

Natalia Estemirova Fellow

Europe and Central Asia Division


Moscow Office
Application Deadline: February 9, 2018

The Europe and Central Asia (“ECA”) Division of Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Natalia Estemirova Fellow for its Moscow Office. This paid one-year fellowship-based research assistantposition, named after Natalia Estemirova, a courageous Chechen activist brazenly murdered for her human rights work, is specifically designed for Russian citizens, particularly for recent graduates at the beginning of their careers. The anticipated start date for the one-year fellowship is May 2018.

 

Responsibilities:

 

  1. Monitor human rights developments in Russia and internationally;
  2.  Conduct online and other desk research to support the Moscow office’s research and advocacy projects and summarize their findings in internal memos;
  3. Attend conferences, lectures, advocacy meetings, and other events and provide written summaries in English;
  4. Provide organizational support for press conferences, meetings, and other events;
  5. Assist in the preparation of field research missions;
  6. Draft press releases, letters, and advocacy documents when appropriate;
  7. Translate documents, including official correspondence; and
  8. Carry out other administrative tasks, as required.

Duration: Fixed-term contract with the Russia Representative Office of Human Rights Watch for a one-year employment. 

 

Qualifications:

 

Education:  Applicants must be recent university graduates in disciplines relevant to human rights such as law, political science, economics, international relations, or journalism. A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferable. As a general rule, we will consider those who have received their degree within the past two years to be recent graduates.

 

Experience:  A minimum of one year of relevant work experience is preferred.   

 

Related Skills and Knowledge: 

 

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Russian are required.
  2.  Prior office/administration experience and strong organizational skills are required.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to human rights is required.
  4. A strong academic record is required.
  5. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously are required.
  6. Ability to make sound decisions consistent with functions is required.
  7. Ability to prioritize with minimal supervision and work independently as well as function as a member of a team with staff in multiple locations globally is required.
  8. Proficiency in computer packages including MS Office applications is required.

Other: Applicants for this position must possess Russian citizenship and be permanent residents of the Russian Federation.

 

How to Apply: Please apply immediately or by February 9, 2018 11:59 PM ET by submitting a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference (preferably as one PDF file) to ecajobs@hrw.org. Please use “Fellowship Application” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

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.

 

https://careers.hrw.org/opportunities/show/?jobid=1570

 

PepsiCo 2018 1L Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship Program
 

Applications are now being accepted for PepsiCo’s 2018 1L Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship Program.  Listen to 2017 Fellows talk about their about their experiences at PepsiCo here: PepsiCo Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship 2017 Experience. 

The application is live on the LCLD’s Website here.

Applications are due January 8, 2018, and should be sent to PepsiCoThompsonFellowshipProgram@pepsico.com.

 

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.
  7. 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.