Archive for Public Interest Jobs

Job’o’th’week (Fellowship Edition) – Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)

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Thousands of children come to the United States each year without a parent or legal guardian. Children placed in immigration court removal proceedings most often face court alone – without the help of a lawyer. Many of these children have been victims of abuse, abandonment, neglect, human trafficking or persecution—but need a lawyer to help them present their case in court to obtain relief from deportation and to navigate the complexities of the U.S. legal system. KIND’s mission is to find pro bono counsel for these children.

If this sounds like the fellowship for you, head to PSJD to check out the full post and apply. (Rolling Deadline)


Job’o’th’week (Internship) – Center for Children’s Law & Policy (CCLP)

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The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks first- and second-year law student applicants for its summer internship program. CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems. The Center’s work covers a range of activities including research, writing, public education, media advocacy, training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation. Based in Washington, DC, the Center’s staff work with federal, state, and local officials throughout the country on a range of issues that include reducing the unnecessary incarceration of youth, promoting racial and ethnic justice, and eliminating dangerous and inhumane conditions in facilities that house children.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD (Application Deadline February 1, 2017).


Job’o’th’week (Experienced Edition) – Brennan Center for Justice

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The Brennan Center for Justice (New York, NY) seeks a mid-level or senior attorney, with a minimum of five years’ experience in the legal, academic, governmental or nonprofit advocacy sectors, for a three-year Fellowship. The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Fellow will work as an attorney in the Democracy Program, primarily on the Voting Rights and Elections team, which works to ensure that voting is free, fair, and accessible for all citizens of the United States.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: August 26, 2016).


Job’o’th’week (Entry Level Edition) – CASA de Maryland, Inc.

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A CASA de Maryland staff attorney is on the front line in defending immigrant workers against abuse by employers, the police and immigration officials. This is an excellent opportunity to build your legal skills, build power in the immigrant community, make a lasting difference in the state of Maryland and to work with a dynamic group of paralegals, lawyers, organizers and social service staff in a friendly, fast-paced, bi-lingual and multi-cultural office.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: Rolling)


Job’o’th’week (Fellowship Edition) – Conservation Law Center

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The Conservation Law Center (CLC) (Bloomington, IN) employs Conservation Law Fellows to assist in its conservation law practice. The practice includes litigation, conservation transactions, the preparation of comments on proposed agency actions and rules, research, and analysis of legislation. Fellows also assist as needed in all aspects of the operation of the CLC.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: July 31, 2016)


DOJ hosting two informational webinars about their Attorney General’s Honors Program and Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP)

The US DOJ is hosting two informational webinars answering questions about their Attorney General’s Honors Program and the Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP).  SLIP is the paid summer internship program, and the DOJ Honors Program is the DOJ’s entry-level attorney recruiting tool.  Participants need to RSVP by August 3, 2016 to  The applications for the Honors Program and SLIP open on Sunday, July 31, 2016 and close on September 6, 2016.


You’re Invited to a Webinar Answering Questions on:
Hosted by: Rena J. Cervoni, Deputy Director and Trisha A. Fillbach, Assistant Director Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management
During the webinars, participants will:
•Obtain a brief overview of this year’s programs;
•Receive answers to questions about the application; and
•Gain an understanding of the hiring timeline.
* Participants are encouraged to review the application prior to the webinars.

* Please RSVP to for one session by Wednesday, August 3, 2016. Please include your name, law school attended, and the webinar date you choose to attend. (Participation is limited to the first 100 respondents for each session.)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Wednesday, August 10, 2016 12:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time) or 3:00 P.M. (Eastern Standard Time)

Below are also the links to each program’s information page.  It includes participating offices and the number of available positions. 




Job’o’th’week (Internship Edition) – Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

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Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLESPA) is seeking Fall 2016 interns. CLSEPA’s housing staff strives to safeguard decent and affordable housing by working with individual clients and their families to resolve specific housing problems. They counsel and represent tenants in order to help tenants eliminate unsafe and unhealthy housing conditions.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: August, 5 2016)


Job’o’th’week (Entry Level Edition) – Legal Aid Society of Nassau County

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The Legal Aid Society of Nassau County (Hempstead, NY) is seeking entry-level attorneys or recent law graduates for a criminal defense trial attorney position. New attorneys practice in the Society’s District Court Bureau, which handles misdemeanor and violation level offenses.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: July 29, 2016).


Equal Justice Works Class of 2016 Fellows

The 62 2016 Class of Equal Justice Fellows come from 34 schools and will work in 19 issue areas.  Fourteen schools had multiple awards: University of Minnesota Law School (4), Northeastern University School of Law (4), Georgetown University Law Center (4), University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (4), University of Texas School of Law (3), New York University School of Law (3), American University Washington College of Law (3), Harvard Law School (3), University of Washington School of Law (3), Columbia Law School (3), University of Houston Law Center (2), Yale Law School (2), University of Michigan Law School (2), and University of Chicago Law School (2).

The largest issue area is Immigrant Populations, with 12 projects based in organizations from Massachusetts and Minnesota to Texas and California. Children/Youth, Veterans, and Disability Rights were the next most commonly funded issue areas encompassing 19 projects.  Funded projects are located primarily on the east and west coasts and Texas, with a few notable exceptions.  Two immigrant populations projects will be housed at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Goshen, IN and the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN; a pro se and other legal representation systems project will be housed at the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services in Nashville, TN; and a health care/medical-legal partnership project will be housed at the Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. in Rockford, IL.

Funding for these fellowships comes from law firms, corporations, foundations, and anonymous donors.  The most prevalent funding source is private law firms, with Greenberg Traurig, LLP contributing to all or a part of 8 fellowships.

By comparison, there were 53 Fellows in the Class of 2015, hailing from 31 schools.  These projects addressed 17 issue areas, with housing being the most prevalent issue.

Congratulations to the 2016 Equal Justice Works Fellows!  They will be doing outstanding work in their communities.

And the 2017 application is now open.  Visit the Equal Justice Works Fellowship page to download the application guide, view sponsor preferences and sign up for an application webinar.


Job’o’th’week (Experienced Edition) – Americans for Immigrant Justice

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Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice – formerly FIAC) is seeking a qualified, full time Supervising Attorney for its work with unaccompanied immigrant children. AI Justice, a not-for-profit law firm founded in 1996 to protect and promote the basic human rights of immigrants, has a multicultural and a multilingual staff. AI Justice works closely with traditional civil rights organizations as well as with grassroots organizations and local, state and national government officials to effect positive change in immigration policies.

If this sounds like something for you, check out the full post on PSJD. (Application Deadline: July 25, 2016).