Post-Graduate Policy and Litigation Fellowships Starting Fall 2021

Seeking applicants interested in gaining firsthand experience in legal and policy-based advocacy on civil rights issues. Must have a J.D. by May 2021.

Organizational Profile:  Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1991.  Based in Washington D.C., Advancing Justice | AAJC works to advance and protect civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  Advancing Justice | AAJC is one of the nation’s leading experts on issues of importance to the Asian American community including: immigration and immigrants’ rights, voting rights, and language access. Along with our Advancing Justice affiliates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Atlanta, Advancing Justice | AAJC works to promote justice and bring national and local constituencies together through community outreach, public policy advocacy, and litigation.

Position Description: Advancing Justice | AAJC seeks applicants interested in gaining firsthand experience in legal and policy-based advocacy on civil rights issues significant to Asian American communities to sponsor for a fellowship with Equal Justice Works, Skadden, NAPABA Law Foundation, or other post-graduate fellowship.  A position with us is contingent on the applicant securing outside funding.  We are interested in sponsoring project proposals related to:

  • Immigration or immigrants’ rights
  • Surveillance and targeting of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian communities
  • Countering and responding to hate incidents
  • Voting rights
  • or other issues that fit within our mission.  

Projects may include activities such as legal and policy analysis, administrative and legislative advocacy, litigation, and community education and mobilization. Advancing Justice | AAJC is open to fellowship projects on a wide array of topics. Applicants are encouraged to identify specific issues and areas of focus for their fellowship proposal.  Advancing Justice | AAJC is committed to working closely with selected candidates to develop compelling fellowship proposals that can be completed during a two-year fellowship period.

Qualifications:  Applicants must have a J.D. or plans to complete their J.D. by May 2021.  Fellowship applicants must have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, the ability to work independently and demonstrated commitment to public interest work.  Past experience in one (or more) of Advancing Justice | AAJC’s core program areas is preferred but not required. 

Application Process:  To apply for Fall 2021 fellowship positions, please send a cover letter indicating areas of interest for fellowship project, resume, and short writing sample to Hiring Manager by email (hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org) or by mail (1620 L Street NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20036).

Application Deadline:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted through August 17, 2020 (for Skadden Fellowship and Equal Justice Works Fellowship) and November 2, 2020 (for NAPABA Law Foundation Community Law Fellowship).

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.