Fighting for Women's Equality

Ruth Chance Law Fellowship, 2020-2022

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) seeks to hire a recent law school graduate to serve as the Ruth Chance Law Fellow for the two-year period beginning in the fall of 2020!

Position: Ruth Chance Law Fellow
Reports to: Senior Attorney
Classification/FLSA status: Full-time, exempt
Duration: Two-year term from September 2020 to September 2022

About ERA

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Since its founding in 1974, ERA has dedicated itself to advancing gender justice in employment and education through a combination of impact litigation, policy advocacy, public education, and direct legal services. ERA takes an intersectional approach to tackling sexual harassment and violence, pay inequity, and other forms of gender discrimination and inequality, with a focus on centering the experiences and voices of women and girls of color. Learn more about ERA on our website,

What You Will Do

The Ruth Chance Law Fellow is an integral member of ERA’s Legal Team and plays a key role in fulfilling ERA’s commitment to defending civil rights and advancing gender justice in workplaces and schools across the country. The Fellowship offers a recent law school graduate the opportunity to obtain training and experience in strategic civil rights litigation as well as other aspects of public interest/social justice advocacy. At a time of urgent need and with growing capacity at ERA, the Ruth Chance Law Fellow will provide direct services through ERA’s Legal Advice and Counseling program, with a focus on helping low-wage and other workers who are facing discrimination or other injustice relating to their gender. The Fellow will also assist with litigation, community outreach, public education, and special projects relating to workplace justice, education equity, and economic security. The Fellow may also have the opportunity to participate in policy advocacy efforts. 

About You

Qualified candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills, and experience:

  • A J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school by the summer of 2020
  • Membership in the California Bar or plans to sit for the July 2020 California Bar exam
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to civil rights, gender equity, and social justice
  • Connection to and familiarity with issues affecting women and girls of color, low-paid and immigrant workers, LGBTQI individuals, and others who routinely face discrimination and other systematic deprivation of their civil rights
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve, exercise sound judgment, take initiative, work independently, and follow through/follow-up
  • A collaborative, flexible mindset, with a demonstrated capacity to work on teams, take on different roles, and juggle multiple priorities with a positive, solution-oriented attitude
  • Commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and dedication to providing the highest level of service to clients
  • Strong organizational, project and time management skills, including demonstrated capacity to manage and prioritize competing projects and deadlines
  • A record of strong academic performance and excellent legal research and writing skills

 We will be even more excited about candidates who:

  • Are proficient in a language other than English (particularly Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese)
  • Are adept at using computer programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Slack, and Basecamp, can manage communications across various channels and are comfortable navigating cloud-based platforms
  • Are interested in writing and/or using other forms of communication to educate and engage workers, students, and other non-legal audiences on civil rights and gender justice issues
  • Have some substantive knowledge of employment and/or education civil rights law and policy
  • Have a healthy sense of outrage and humor, coupled with a strong desire to change the world
  • Are unafraid to challenge the status quo, think outside the box, and take on powerful adversaries
  • Willing to travel and to work occasionally on evenings or weekends

Hours and Location:
The Fellow will work full-time out of ERA’s San Francisco office.

Salary and Benefits: $55,000 (with J.D., no bar admission) plus excellent benefits, including three weeks paid vacation and employer-paid health and dental.


How To Apply

To apply, please send the following materials via e-mail with the subject line “2020 Ruth Chance Law Fellowship” to (1) a cover letter describing your interest in ERA as an organization and any areas or issues on which you would like to focus; (2) a résumé; (3) your law school transcript; (4) contact information for at least three references; and (5) a legal writing sample of up to 10 double-spaced pages (maximum) in length. Please attach the first four items as a single .pdf file and attach your writing sample as a separate .pdf file. The deadline to apply is October 28, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions regarding this position may be submitted to No phone calls, please.

An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. Applicants invited regardless of sex, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, or religion. People of color, LGBTQI candidates, people with disabilities, and people who have had contact with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at


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