Post-Graduate Fellowship 2023

July 15, 2022

Community Justice, Disability Justice, Environmental Justice, Health Justice, Job Opportunities

2023 Post-Graduate Legal Fellowship Opportunities:

Advancing Justice through Community Lawyering in New York City 

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, is accepting applications from candidates for post-graduate law fellowships in our Health Justice, Disability Justice, and Environmental Justice programs. The Fellowship would begin in the fall of 2023. 

Founded more than 45 years ago, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) pursues equality and justice for all New Yorkers.  Our work activates the power of New York communities as they lead the fight to make equal justice a reality.  Guided by their priorities, we use every tool available to achieve lived equality and create lasting change.  We file lawsuits, organize, seek policy reform, inform and educate the public, create pro bono partnerships, and build the capacity of local nonprofits to serve our communities.  Together, we attack systemic racism and bias based on disability, poverty, and immigration status. 

NYLPI’s Health Justice Program brings a racial equity and immigrant justice focus to its advocacy to ensure health care for all. In close partnership with frontline communities, the Health Justice team advocates for healthcare coverage for all New Yorkers, seeks alternatives to police intervention for people experiencing mental health crises, works to address the social determinants of health, and combats the devastating human rights crisis wrought by the immigration detention machine.  Our Disability Justice Program works to achieve equality of opportunity, self-determination, and independence for people with disabilities.  The Disability Justice team’s advocacy and legal work spans from promoting integration of people with disabilities in the community to fighting for educational rights, equal access to programs and services, criminal legal system reform, and accessible housing.  Through its Environmental Justice Program, NYLPI confronts environmental racism and works to eliminate the unfair burden of environmental hazards borne by low-income communities and Indigenous, Black, Brown, Asian, and other communities of color, in an effort to create a more equitable and sustainable New York. 

The Application Process 

We look to partner with applicants to public interest fellowship programs such as Equal Justice Works and the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, which provide two-year fellowships to graduating law students, outgoing judicial clerks and, in the case of Equal Justice Works, to experienced attorneys motivated to work at a public interest legal organization. We also welcome applicants who may be eligible for other fellowship programs. The fellowship programs are competitive, and applicants need time to develop project proposals and complete applications. NYLPI thus strongly encourages all interested applicants to apply to NYLPI as early as possible. Applications received after July 31, 2022 may not receive full consideration.  

Please send applications to [email protected] with the subject line “Fellowship application.”  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and must include: 

  • Detailed cover letter explaining your interest, passion, and experience, with a specific answer to the following required question: How have your background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity, equity, and inclusion? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences. Please also reference in your cover letter where you saw this posting. 
  • Resume 
  • Most recent law school transcript (official or unofficial) 
  • Writing sample 
  • Three references (including daytime telephone numbers) 

Candidates with fellowship project ideas are encouraged to discuss them in their cover letter, but it is not necessary to have a developed project proposal to apply. NYLPI has successfully sponsored many fellows in past years and works closely with candidates to craft effective proposals and prepare for fellowship interviews.  

About NYLPI 

For more than 45 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers opposing marginalization based on race, immigration status, poverty, disability and a range of intersectional identities. NYLPI pioneered the practice of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities, and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. With every case and campaign, we partner with members of communities fighting marginalization and seeking justice, engaging in advocacy that is ambitious, participatory, and dynamic.  Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use every tool available to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, create equal access to health care, ensure immigrant opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities and communities of color. To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org.  

We strongly encourage candidates from historically oppressed groups and those fluent in languages in addition to English to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity, equity, and inclusion bring to the work and culture of our organization. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable us to work inclusively and effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and gender identity.   

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