2020 Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and Other Post-Graduate Legal Fellowships

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is seeking rising 3L students (or recent law school graduates who expect to complete a clerkship in the summer of 2020) to sponsor for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other post-graduate fellowships to begin August or September of 2020.

Potential areas for fellowship opportunities are flexible, but we are particularly interested in a project related to economic justice or environmental justice.  Chicago Lawyers’ Committee welcomes the opportunity to assist applicants in formulating a project proposal.

Economic Justice: We seek to sponsor a candidate to work that promotes racial equity and economic opportunity by working with small businesses, nonprofit organizations, worker cooperatives, and social enterprises. The proposed project should focus on developing a program that brings new and innovative ways to support this mission through transactional legal services and policy advocacy. Applicants are encouraged to propose a project that focuses on a specific industry or that tackles a discrete economic justice issue, and could include elements of policy work, community organizing, community training, and legal advocacy. We are especially interested in proposals focused on developing a Food Justice focused initiative to support entrepreneurs, equitable urban agriculture, workers’ rights, and food access.

Environmental Justice: We seek to sponsor a candidate to work on environmental justice, housing conditions, and equitable development in Chicago. The proposed project should focus on policy, litigation, and community lawyering strategies to address issues of land use, housing conditions, environmental burdens on communities, and zoning.

Fellows are supervised by experienced civil rights attorneys on our staff. They also are provided with substantial training as well as opportunities for professional and leadership development. Work of past legal fellows has been wide-ranging and has been adapted based on the skills and interests of the fellow. Activities may include developing legal strategies, representing clients in litigation and settlement, writing amicus briefs, crafting and enforcing legislative and administrative reforms, advocating to government decision makers, advising and training community-based organizations, participating in civil rights coalitions, teaching Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars, and speaking to the media.

Fellowship Requirements

Fellowship candidates must have excellent legal research and writing skills, communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and civil rights. Past experience in racial equity work, policy advocacy, or community organizing is a plus. Skills in Spanish or other languages other than English are also a plus. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people who speak languages in addition to English, and others whose background and experiences would help our organization better understand and serve our clients and community members.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, academic transcript (unofficial copy is fine), brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages), and a cover letter specifying their potential area(s) of interest for a fellowship project. 

Interested candidates should send these materials to Julie Justicz at jjusticz@clccrul.org no later than August 21, 2019 with '2020 Fellowship Opportunities' in the subject line. For more information about the fellowship programs, visit Equal Justice Works or Skadden Fellowship Foundation.

We are seeking Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 interns and externs!

Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights is currently seeking Legal Interns (law student interns), Legal Externs (receiving credit from their law school), and Legal Fellows (recent law school graduates) for a semester position. These positions are unpaid, but funding might be available through schools, work study programs, and other sources.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to opportunities@clccrul.org if you are interested in any of these positions and specify the potential area(s) of interest for an internship or externship. Our core impact areas include education equity, equitable community development and housing, and voting rights. Please browse our website and visit us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about our work.

Application instructions for Summer 2020 internships will be posted by early October.

Senior Counsel - Housing and Equitable Community Development

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights seeks an experienced attorney to serve in the role of Senior Counsel.  The attorney will develop and lead impact litigation and systemic policy advocacy in our core practice areas, with an emphasis on housing and equitable community development

The Senior Counsel position is an exciting leadership opportunity for an experienced attorney with substantial litigation and policy advocacy experience who can bring vision, talent, and enthusiasm to the role at a time when aggressive civil rights advocacy is needed more than ever.

Candidates should have significant experience addressing housing and community economic development issues, including a deep understanding of how civil rights laws can be used to address historic and entrenched systems or racial and economic segregation.  Candidates should also have a strong commitment to community lawyering and be able to share examples of putting community lawyering principles to work in their practice. The Senior Counsel must demonstrate a passion for civil rights, racial equity, and community empowerment, and possess the skills needed to be a successful advocate, as well as an effective manager of people and projects.

The Senior Counsel will report to and work closely with the Chief Counsel to provide leadership and supervision on litigation and advocacy projects in Chicago Lawyers’ Committee’s other core practice areas.

Click here to read the full job description and learn how to apply.