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Please see below announcements about current Fellowships:

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.