Fighting for Women's Equality

Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships, Now Accepting Initial Applications

2019-2021 Fellowship Cycle


ERA seeks to sponsor a Skadden and/or Equal Justice Works (EJW) candidate to execute a project in one of ERA’s priority initiatives: Expanding Title IX Enforcement and Awareness.*


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 equality 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.  Individuals interested in becoming fellowship candidates are encouraged to visit our website at to learn more about ERA’s current cases, campaigns, and projects. 


About ERA’s Proposed Project:

ERA believes that every child deserves a safe and equitable educational environment. The project will support young student victims of sexual violence by:

(1) Enforcing Title IX through direct representation of victims;

(2) Empowering students to advocate for themselves and training pro bono advocates to do the same;

(3) Educating social workers and youth advocates about Title IX.


Project Goals:

(1) Provide Direct Legal Assistance to Victims of Sexual Violence at School.

Students and their families often have limited access to legal resources. Additionally, few private attorneys specialize in Title IX, and their services remain inaccessible to low-income students, whose families lack the means to retain private counsel. Through direct representation of these students—whether in court or through the administrative complaint process—my project will fill a gap that will only continue to grow as federal enforcement efforts continue to diminish.

(2) Transform Students and Pro Bono Attorneys into Advocates.

Through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs) and school districts, the fellow will conduct Know Your Rights (KYR) trainings that will enable students to advocate for themselves. Additionally, the fellow will train pro bono attorneys on Title IX and connect them to schools in need of KYR presentations, thereby reaching and empowering even more students. This training will also allow the fellow to create a network of pro bono attorneys who can provide additional representation to students in need.

(3) Bridge the Gap Between Social Services and Legal Services.

Many professionals who assist students, including social workers, lack the training and expertise with Title IX to make the necessary links between social services and legal rights. By collaborating with social work associations, the fellow will train these advocates to spot Title IX issues and more effectively assist students.

The fellow is expected to educate these advocates on students’ rights and schools’ responsibilities under Title IX. Additionally, the fellow will collaborate with the Resources Committee of the Education Civil Rights Alliance to create one central online space for the law and resources relevant to these groups’ efforts to broaden the scope of claims they can bring on behalf of their clients.


Criteria for selection include:  

  • Juris Doctor from a U.S. law school awarded, or to be awarded, in 2018 or 2019;
  • 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 2019 bar exam.


All candidates for Skadden and/or Equal Justice Works Fellowship Sponsorships must submit the following materials by July 23, 2018:

  • Cover letter;
  • Resume;
  • Law school transcript;
  • Brief legal writing sample of 5-10 pages; and
  • Three references.

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


How to apply:

Please send completed applications as ONE PDF file to: with the subject line “Completed Initial Fellowship Application 2018.” Please also include how you heard about this opportunity. ERA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we strongly encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply.

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


*If you have a project proposal unrelated to Title IX, but related to employment issues centering women of color and low-wage workers, please reach out to to discuss your project with us before submitting your application.*


An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. We will consider applicants equally without regard to sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at

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