Fellowships-Criminal & Juvenile Rights Practice

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline



Headquarters: 199 Water Street
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society, the nation's oldest and largest social justice legal services organization is seeking dedicated, passionate fellows in the Criminal Defense Practice and the Juvenile Rights Practice throughout the city. Each year, The Legal Aid Society sponsors candidates for public service fellowships such as the Skadden Arps, Equal Justice Works, and Soros fellowships. Graduates from Yale will also be considered for Liman Fellowships. Columbia and NYU students are also eligible for Kirkland & Ellis Fellowships. The Society will consider sponsoring candidates for other fellowships for which they may be eligible.

The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP) provides legal representation to children and youth in New York City's Family Courts on child welfare, PINS (Persons-in-Need-of-Supervision), juvenile delinquency, and termination of parental rights cases. JRP attorneys practice on an inter-disciplinary team with social workers, paralegals, and investigators.

The Criminal Defense Practice is the primary public defender in New York City, providing holistic, client-centered representation to over 200,000 people facing misdemeanor, felony, and homicide charges.

For 2019, we are seeking proposals for the Criminal Defense Practice and Juvenile Rights Practice by July 13, 2018. Areas of interest for proposals are: 

Juvenile Rights:

* Immigration

* Raise the Age and the transition from adult criminal systems to juvenile systems

* Expanded KinGAP and permanency for foster children

* Conditions in congregate foster care

Criminal Defense Practice:

* Decarceration and Jail/Prison Conditions of Transgender People

* Re-Entry and Parole Violation Prevention

* Police Accountability and Transparency

* Community Justice and Participatory Defense

* Forensic and DNA Litigation and Advocacy


The Fellow will play an integral role in the work of The Legal Aid Society. The Fellow's specific responsibilities will depend upon the project but may include:

* The completion of at least one substantial research project or empirical study

* Developing, maintaining, and reporting data on the Fellowship project

* Active participation in the practice area's client advocacy and litigation agenda

* Developing training materials, if needed on the subject matter

* Developing materials for social media use


Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters


* Currently enrolled and in good standing at an accredited law school

* Excellent oral and written communication skills

* Excellent legal research and listening skills

* Ability to effectively navigate client/community concerns and communicate legal issues

* Ability to manage time and multiple tasks and deadlines

* Spanish language skills preferred, but not required

Applicants will be notified via email about whether they have/have not been selected for an interview.


The fellowship proposal should include one of the following: (a) a proposal for a legal project designed by the applicant; (b) a proposal to work on an existing project; (c) a proposal to work as a staff attorney (describe range of work/projects for fellowship year).

The proposal should be two to three pages in length and include a description of the need for the project, how goals will further the public interest, and how they will be accomplished within the fellowship year(s). Include a proposed timeline for the fellowship year(s).


Please apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. A failure to submit the proper documents, or follow instructions, will be considered an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Fellowships Committee. We strongly encourage all applicants to apply before the deadline.


The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a working culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, members of LGBTQ+ communities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions about this posting email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement