2021 Law School or Law Firm Funded Legal Fellowship Sponsorship

  • Full Time
  • East Coast
  • Applications have closed

New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Position: Law School or Law Firm Funded Legal Fellowship Sponsorship

Terms of Employment: Full-Time/Temporary/Exempt

Location: New York Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, NY, NY

Salary: Subject to the NYCLU’s attorney salary scale which is based on years of legal experience ($66,000 for 2021 law school graduates)

Application Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020 (applications will be considered on a rolling basis)

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is one of the nation’s leading advocates on behalf of constitutional rights and liberties. Founded in 1951, as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with more than 180,000 members and supporters, and eight offices statewide. We work in the courts, in the legislatures and on the streets to advocate for racial and economic justice, free speech, freedom of religion, privacy and equality before the law for all New Yorkers. For more information please visit our website: www.nyclu.org.


In the past, we have sponsored legal fellowship candidates who receive funding through a post-graduate law school fellowship program or as part of a law firm’s pro bono program to conduct litigation, research, and/or policy advocacy on a wide range of civil rights and civil liberties issues. We work with applicants to develop fellowship proposals that align with our institutional priorities, particularly racial justice.


The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and civil liberties, a commitment and ability to work with and support a wide range of communities and a diverse workplace, and a willingness to collaborate extensively with the NYCLU in our advocacy work.


If you would like to be considered for sponsorship, please send an application, including a resume, a writing sample included as one document with your resume, and a cover letter expressing your unique qualifications for the position. Your writing sample should be wholly your own unedited work (submit a research memorandum, brief, motion, or memorandum of law) not to exceed 10 pages here: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/365253/New-York-Civil-Liberties-Union-Foundation/2021-Law-School-or-Law-Firm-Funded-Legal-Fellowship-Sponsorship . Though the NYCLU will consider applications submitted after October 30, 2020, priority consideration will be given to those who submit applications by that date.

The NYCLU is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and having a workforce that reflects the population that we serve.

The NYACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please e-mail ldecicco@nyclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.


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