Women's and Reproductive Rights Project Legal Fellow

Job Type

Full Time


Details: The salary will be in accordance with the ACLU salary scale.




150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 600
United States



The Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project (WRRP) of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois seeks, through coordinated litigation, public education, and legislative and regulatory advocacy, to secure medical privacy, gender equality, and bodily autonomy and to make certain that all in our society have access to safe and effective contraception; sexuality education; reproductive technologies; prenatal care; childbearing assistance; and safe, legal, and accessible abortion. Our advocacy ensures that women can participate equally in the professional, academic, and social spheres of our society. The Project is particularly concerned with issues affecting low income women, young people, and women of color. The Project works in collaboration with local and national reproductive rights and justice advocates, the ACLU’s National Office, and the ACLU’s nationwide network of state affiliates.


The ACLU of Illinois seeks a legal fellow with 0-5 years of experience who will assist the WRRP attorneys in all aspects of the Project’s litigation, policy advocacy, and public outreach and education work. The legal fellow will also be responsible for day-to-day management of the ACLU of Illinois’ Judicial Bypass Coordination Project (JBCP). The JBCP operates a judicial bypass hotline for individuals in need of information or assistance regarding Illinois’ Parental Notice of Abortion Act, coordinates statewide pro bono legal assistance for minors who need to seek judicial waiver of parental notification, coordinates with courts across the state to promote effective procedures for judicial waiver proceedings, provides technical assistance to abortion providers on compliance with the parental notice law, and conducts outreach and provides training to educate youth-serving professionals about this law.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Administering the Judicial Bypass Coordination Project, including, but not limited, to:
  • Ensuring the proper functioning on a day-to-day basis of the judicial bypass hotline, including supervision of the Administrative Assistant assigned to the JBCP.
  • Recruiting, training, and overseeing judicial bypass hotline volunteers.
  • Monitoring and responding to requests for assistance to the judicial bypass hotline during business hours, and serving as on-call support for hotline volunteers during evening and weekend hotline hours.
  • Recruiting, training, making referrals, and providing support to pro bono attorneys who represent minors in the judicial waiver process.
  • Providing direct representation to clients in the judicial waiver process.
  • Providing logistical support and referrals to clients needing assistance with accessing the judicial waiver process and/or abortion care.
  • Conducting outreach to court personnel to facilitate judicial waiver proceedings.
  • Designing and implementing outreach strategies to improve youth awareness of the resources available through the judicial bypass hotline.
  • Maintaining and assessing statistics regarding the JBCP’s operations.
  • Supporting all other aspects of the JBCP as needed.
  • Conducting research and writing in support of the WRRP’s other legal and policy advocacy.
  • Assisting with trial and/or appellate litigation as needed.
  • Participating in speaking events on behalf of the WRRP.

This legal fellowship is for one-year renewable terms.


  • Third-year law students and attorneys with 1 to 5 years of experience are invited to apply; some experience as a practicing attorney preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to reproductive rights and/or justice, women’s rights, and access to abortion services.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including comfort with phone communication and with public speaking.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with teenagers and young adults.
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and capable of prioritizing and managing numerous tasks in a timely and effective manner.
  • Self-motivated, innovative, and capable of working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Spanish language skills a plus.
  • Ability to begin position in the near term and, in any event, before September 2018 preferred.


Four weeks paid vacation after first year; 100% employer-paid medical, vision, and dental insurance for staff and eligible dependents; a 403(b) retirement benefits plan with employer match; life insurance; and long-term disability insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


Applicants should send a resume, letter of interest, list of references, law school transcript, and legal writing sample to jobs@aclu-il.org and use the subject line: WRRP Legal Fellow. No calls or snail mail please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, criminal record, or veteran status.