Fall 2018 Sponsored Fellowship Opportunity

Posted by: ACLU of the Nation’s Capital

Washington, DC, US



The American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia (ACLU-DC) seeks a law student or recent law graduate to sponsor as an Equal Justice Works, Skadden or other privately-funded public service fellowship candidate for the fall 2017 application process. The fellowship itself would begin in fall 2018, so the applicant must graduate no later than summer 2018. The ACLU has been successful in the past in hosting legal fellows from privately-funded public service fellowships.

The ACLU is a nationwide, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to defending and expanding civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1961, the ACLU of the District of Columbia (ACLU-DC), advances the ACLU’s mission in D.C. through litigation, legislative advocacy, public education and organizing, with nine paid staff, numerous volunteers, and more than 8,500 members.

The ACLU-DC has an active docket of about 35 cases addressing a variety of issues. Our litigation is part of a multi-disciplinary approach to advocacy that integrates legal, policy, and communications strategies and is built on the belief that fighting for civil liberties and rights means not just persuading judges but also gaining the support of policy makers, government officials, and the general public.


The fellow will work as part of the ACLU-DC Legal Department under the supervision of experienced civil rights litigators who are committed to comprehensive feedback and mentorship. Past legal fellows have had the opportunity to develop their own litigation dockets, write policy reports, testify before the D.C. Council, and speak on behalf of the ACLU-DC to national and local media outlets. Ideal fellowship applicants are those who will graduate law school in 2018 or who expect to complete a judicial clerkship in the summer of 2018.

The ACLU-DC is primarily interested in projects that will seek to address, primarily through civil litigation, the overpolicing of communities of color. Applications to pursue other projects to promote civil rights and liberties in the District of Columbia will also be entertained.


Applicants must have excellent research, writing and communication skills and a commitment to public interest law. Applicants should be self-motivated, hard-working, and able to work with a wide range of people. Applicants should have one or more internship or clinical experiences in a litigation setting involving legal research and writing. Judicial clerkships, and internship or clinical experiences involving constitutional issues, are desirable but not required. Applicants need not be members of the D.C. Bar but should be prepared to be admitted during the fellowship.

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