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Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships, Now Accepting Initial Applications

POST-GRADUATE LEGAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

2018-2020 Fellowship Cycle

Equal Rights Advocates is accepting applications for Skadden, Equal Justice Works (EJW), and Ruth Chance Law Fellowships for the two-year period beginning in the fall of 2018. 

ERA was founded in 1974 as a public interest law firm dedicated to ending discrimination against women and girls.  ERA’s mission is to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation, policy advocacy, and direct services. 

ERA has been a pioneer in advancing gender equity in work and schools for women and girls across the country since its founding.  Through our campaign approach—which incorporates public education, direct services, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-long continuum: from ensuring access and equity in educational institutions, to combating sex discrimination in employment, to advocating for policies that make the workplace more hospitable to working families.  From assisting in the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice.  Interested individuals can find more information about ERA’s programs and initiatives by visiting ERA’s website.

Please note: one may apply for sponsorship of a Skadden and EJW fellowship and for the Ruth Chance Law Fellowship. In the alternative, one may also apply for the Ruth Chance Law Fellowship only. Please note the different deadlines for each type of application.

 

Skadden & EJW Fellowship Sponsorship:

ERA seeks to sponsor a Skadden and/or EJW candidate to develop a project in one of ERA’s priority initiatives: Closing the Gender Wage Gap; Improving Women’s Access to Good Jobs; Expanding Title IX Enforcement and Awareness; Enforcing Laws Against Pregnancy Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Low-Wage & Other Marginalized Women Workers; and Increasing Women’s Access to Justice.  Individuals interested in becoming fellowship candidates are encouraged to visit our website at www.equalrights.org/our-work/ to learn more about ERA’s current cases, campaigns, and projects. 

Applicants for the two-year Skadden Fellowship and EJW Fellowship should consult those programs for more details about selection processes and requirements.

Those applying for Skadden and/or EJW Fellowships who would also like to be considered for the Ruth Chance Law Fellowship should indicate their interest on the Project Area Interest Form, found on ERA’s website. 

Criteria for sponsorship include:  

  • Juris Doctor from a U.S. law school awarded, or to be awarded, in 2017 or 2018;
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and legal issues affecting women and/or girls, people of color, and other populations that are deprived of civil and/or human rights;
  • Dedication to being a team player, commitment to collaboration and to providing the highest level of client service;
  • Record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, and work independently;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in Spanish or other commonly-spoken language other than English strongly preferred;
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with co-workers, board members, volunteers, clients, outside counsel, court personnel, organization donors and allies; and
  • Admission to California Bar or plans to sit for July 2018 bar exam.

All candidates for Skadden and Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsorships must complete the online form and submit the following materials by August 14, 2017:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Brief legal writing sample of 5-10 pages; and
  • Three references.
  • Completed Project Area Interest Form (please indicate on this form whether you are also applying for the Ruth Chance Law Fellowship).

Cover letters should not exceed 2 pages and must describe the applicant’s interest in ERA as an organization, and his/her relevant skills and experience. 

Please send completed initial applications to:  jobapplicants@equalrights.org with the subject line “Completed Initial Fellowship Application 2017.”  E-mail is preferred, but paper applications can also be mailed to: Equal Rights Advocates, Attn: Jennifer Reisch, 1170 Market St., Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94102. 

Please note: Applications submitted by regular mail must be received by the August 14, 2017 deadline.

 

Ruth Chance Law Fellowship Application:

In addition to the above, ERA is now accepting applications for our one-to-two-year in-house Ruth Chance Law Fellowship for the period beginning in the fall of 2018. 

The Ruth Chance Law Fellowship is an entry-level position for a recent law school graduate, which offers the opportunity to obtain training and experience in litigation and other aspects of public interest practice.  As a member of the legal team at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow oversees the Advice and Counseling program, assists other attorneys with litigation and special projects, and participates in community outreach, public education, and policy advocacy efforts. 

Criteria for the Ruth Chance Law Fellowship include:  

  • Juris Doctor from a U.S. law school awarded, or to be awarded, in 2017 or 2018;
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and legal issues affecting women and/or girls, people of color, and other populations that are deprived of civil and/or human rights;
  • Dedication to being a team player, commitment to collaboration and to providing the highest level of client service;
  • Record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, and work independently;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Ability to interact professionally and effectively with co-workers, board members, volunteers, clients, outside counsel, court personnel, organization donors and allies; and
  • Admission to California Bar or plans to sit for July 2018 bar exam.

The Ruth Chance Law Fellow is a one- or two-year position (renewable by mutual agreement) beginning in August 2018.  This is a full-time, exempt position with a competitive public interest fellowship salary and excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation.

Individuals who wish to be considered for the Ruth Chance Law Fellowship must submit the following materials by October 27, 2017:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Brief legal writing sample of 5-10 pages; and
  • Three references.
  • Completed Project Area Interest Form (please indicate on this form whether you are also applying for Skadden and EJW sponsorship).

Cover letters should not exceed 2 pages and must describe the applicant’s interest in ERA as an organization, and his/her relevant skills and experience. 

Please send completed initial applications to:  jobapplicants@equalrights.org with the subject line “Completed Initial Fellowship Application 2017.”  E-mail is strongly preferred, but paper applications can also be mailed to: Equal Rights Advocates, Attn: Jennifer Reisch, Legal Director, 1170 Market St., Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94102. 

Please note: Applications submitted by regular mail must be received by the October 27, 2017 deadline and decisions will not be discussed by phone.

Equal Rights Advocates is an equal employment opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law. ERA also prohibits discrimination based on a perception that an individual has any of the characteristics of the protected classes of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation, and further prohibits discrimination against an individual who is associated with a person who has, or is perceived to have, any of those characteristics. ERA will also make reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and employees, unless such accommodation would result in undue hardship.

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