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SPONSORSHIP FOR STUDENTS’ CIVIL RIGHTS PROJECT LEGAL FELLOWSHIP STARTING FALL 2025

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Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Start Date
August 1, 2025
Application Deadline
July 26, 2024
Education
J.D. Required
Salary
Up to USD $84,500 / year

Description

Public Justice is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that takes on the biggest systemic threats to justice of our time–abusive corporate power and predatory practices, the assault on civil rights, and the destruction of the earth’s sustainability. It connects high impact litigation with strategic communications and the strength of our partnerships to fight these abusive and discriminatory systems and win social and economic justice. 

Our Students’ Civil Rights Project (SCRP) invites rising third‐year law students and law graduates to apply for an opportunity to work with us as a legal fellow on cutting-edge litigation and advocacy related to discrimination in schools. We seek to host a candidate to apply for one‐ or two‐year public interest fellowships from funders such as Equal Justice Works and/or Justice Catalyst to begin in the fall of 2025. (Candidates will not be eligible to apply for funding from Skadden.)

Overview of Students’ Civil Rights Project

Public Justice’s SCRP combines high-impact litigation with other advocacy tools to combat harassment and other forms of discrimination in schools. We strive to create systemic change so all students can learn and thrive, and to secure justice for students who are denied educational opportunities based on their race, national origin, ethnicity, or sex, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We represent students at all stages of litigation, including pre‐suit negotiations, litigation in trial courts, appeals, and oppositions to cert petitions. Some of our ongoing and recent matters include: 

• Shelby v. Huntsville City Board of Education, a case on behalf of the parents of a student who died by suicide after experiencing anti-LGBTQ harassment and race discrimination at school

• Williamson v. Heritage Preschools LLC, a suit on behalf of the family of a Black toddler who was singled out for excessive discipline and eventually expelled because of his race

• Brown v. State of Arizona, a successful Ninth Circuit en banc appeal, which we subsequently defended from a cert petition, concerning whether a school can be liable under Title IX for causing a student to be abused by a classmate in an off-campus residence

• K.R. v. Duluth Public Schools Academy, a suit on behalf of young Black students challenging systemic anti-Black harassment and discriminatory discipline at a charter school system

• Doe v. Crestwood Public Schools, an administrative complaint on behalf of a young gender-fluid student who experienced discriminatory discipline and harassment

We also engage in policy and media advocacy on issues that affect our clients, create educational materials for students, families, and lawyers, and collaborate with other advocates, including student organizers. For more information about the SCRP’s work, visit our website here.

The Fellowship

Consistent with their funded project, the fellow would work on litigation and advocacy with the SCRP’s attorneys, as well as a network of lawyers who collaborate on Public Justice’s work, other public interest groups, and our communications staff. The Fellow would also be responsible for conducting intakes and helping develop materials to educate the public and the bar about their work. We are particularly interested in hosting a Fellow whose project focuses on anti-trans harassment, discriminatory discipline based on race and/or gender, other forms of race and/or LGBTQ+ discrimination, or pregnancy discrimination, though we are open to project proposals outside this scope. This is an exempt position and will report to a senior attorney. We will work closely with the selected candidate to craft an appropriate project proposal for fellowship applications. Employment is contingent upon the receipt of funding from Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, or a similar funder in an amount no less than $50,000 per year.

Qualifications

• J.D. degree (by Fall 2025).

• Admission to a state bar or pending admission by Fall 2025. 

• Excellent analytical, legal research, legal writing, and speaking skills.

• Litigation experience (e.g., from internships, clinics, or clerkships).

• Ability to juggle multiple tasks at a time and work in a fast-paced environment.

• Self-motivation and proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.

• Sensitivity to the needs and concerns of, and ability to work well with, individuals and groups from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

• Excellent attention to detail and commitment to follow-through.

• Strong organizational skills. 

• Healthy sense of outrage and desire to change the world for the better. 

• Experience in civil litigation is preferred.

• Willingness to travel on occasion.

• Strong preference for candidates who would work on Eastern Time, like the rest of the SCRP team. 

Salary

We offer a mission-focused work environment and a teamwork and community-oriented approach, and a competitive compensation package. Our attorneys are paid on a salary scale based on years out of law school. The annual salary for an attorney who is less than a year out of law school is $84,500. We offer healthy work-life balance policies, including operating on a four-day workweek year-round. 

Benefits

• Four-day work week (30-hour work week)

• Flexible schedule

• Three weeks of paid vacation

• Two weeks of sick leave

• Two personal days each year

• All federal holidays and some local holidays off (Public Justice acknowledge there are various religious and cultural holidays that are important to our team. We encourage team members to take any days necessary for observing holidays and celebrations that are central to their faith tradition or communities.)

• Employer-sponsored health plan

• 401 (k) plan

How to Apply

Your application should consist of two electronic files: 

(1) The following should be in a single PDF file:

• Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justice’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives, and well as any ideas or vision you have for your project. Please specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in the Washington, D.C. office, the Oakland, CA office, or remotely.

• Resume.

• Law school transcript (official or unofficial).

• Contact information for three references. 

(2) Please send a separate PDF file of a writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum unedited or only lightly edited by another, including a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.  

Please send your application to lawfellow@publicjustice.net. Reference “2025 SCRP Fellowship” in the subject line. The application deadline is Friday, July 5, 2024, however, we encourage applicants to apply by June 28, 2024. All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access

We recognize that creating a truly equitable, inclusive, and diverse organization is an ongoing journey, and we’re proud and excited to share our journey with you. Please read our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion policy, available here.

Public Justice is an equal-opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equitable employment opportunities are available to all applicants. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship of immigration status, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. People of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender and gender diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Public Justice is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. 

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email mmediavilla@publicjustice.net.

Studies have shown that members of marginalized groups tend to underestimate their qualifications and are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in a job description, despite the reality that applicants rarely ever meet 100% of the qualifications. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization and are most interested in finding the best candidate for the role. That candidate may come from a background less traditional to our field of work, and that’s okay! We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.



 

Public Justice is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that takes on the biggest systemic threats to justice of our time–abusive corporate power and predatory practices, the assault on civil rights, and the destruction of the earth’s…

Benefits

Benefits

• Four-day work week (30-hour work week)

• Flexible schedule

• Three weeks of paid vacation

• Two weeks of sick leave

• Two personal days each year

• All federal holidays and some local holidays off (Public Justice acknowledge there are various religious and cultural holidays that are important to our team. We encourage team members to take any days necessary for observing holidays and celebrations that are central to their faith tradition or communities.)

• Employer-sponsored health plan

• 401 (k) plan

Benefits

• Four-day work week (30-hour work week)

• Flexible schedule

• Three weeks of paid vacation

• Two weeks of sick leave

• Two personal days each year

• All federal holidays and some…

Location

Remote
Work must be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
1620 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States
Suite 630

How to Apply

Your application should consist of two electronic files: 

(1) The following should be in a single PDF file:

• Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justice’s mission and the objectives of this position and how your experience fits with those objectives, and well as any ideas or vision you have for your project. Please specify in your cover letter whether you are applying to work in the Washington, D.C. office, the Oakland, CA office, or remotely.

• Resume.

• Law school transcript (official or unofficial).

• Contact information for three references. 

(2) Please send a separate PDF file of a writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum unedited or only lightly edited by another, including a cover sheet explaining the extent of editing by someone else.  Please send your application to lawfellow@publicjustice.net. Reference “2025 SCRP Fellowship” in the subject line. The application deadline is Friday, July 5, 2024, however, we encourage applicants to apply by June 28, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 




 

Your application should consist of two electronic files: 

(1) The following should be in a single PDF file:

• Cover letter that conveys why you are drawn to Public Justice’s mission and…

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