Internships and Fellowships

2018 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 2018) to sponsor for the Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and other post-graduate fellowships to begin August or September of 2018. Potential areas for fellowship opportunities are flexible, but possibilities include a project within our Voting Rights or Police Accountability work. For more information about these programs, please click the above links and visit Chicago Lawyers’ Committee welcomes the opportunity to assist applicants in formulating a project proposal. 

Fellows would be supervised by and work closely with experienced civil rights attorneys. Fellows would be 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 of fellows have included 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. Fellows with projects relating to Voting Rights would help lead voter protection efforts by training and deploying attorneys, resolving barriers faced by voters, and advocating to election authorities during the November 2018 election as well as important municipal elections in early 2019.

Fellowship Criteria:
Fellowship candidates must have excellent legal research and writing skills, communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Experience in racial justice 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, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, 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.

Application Instructions:
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 no later than August 21, 2017 with 2018 Fellowship Opportunities in the subject line. If you have questions, please contact Ami Gandhi at

For more information about the fellowship programs, visit or

We are seeking Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester 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 and other sources. Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to if you are interested in any of these positions.

Application instructions for Summer 2018 internships will be posted soon.

University of Chicago Law Fellowship 2017-2018 

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights is looking for individuals interested in pursuing a University of Chicago law fellowship to begin August/September 2017. Potential areas for fellowship opportunities include:

  • voting rights/civic empowerment
  • housing opportunity
  • police accountability and community safety
  • educational equity
  • hate crime and bias violence prevention
  • equitable community and economic development

We are in search of candidates with a strong commitment to social justice and an interest or experience in working with diverse communities. Applicants’ law school must provide funding for this post-graduate public interest fellowship. Candidates must possess excellent research and writing skills. Specific responsibilities will include legal research and writing, developing legal strategies, conducting community training and education, assisting with grassroots advocacy and coalition work, and completing special projects.  Additional learning opportunities will include networking, skill development, and subject area training.

Chicago Lawyers' Committee is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages students of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other historically disenfranchised communities.

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit a resume, academic transcript (unofficial copy is fine), brief writing sample (no more than 9 pages), and cover letter specifying their potential fellowship area(s) of interest. Candidates are encouraged but not required to develop potential project ideas on their own. Chicago Lawyers’ Committee attorneys will work with the selected candidates to develop project proposals that will advance the existing mission of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee and are likely to be awarded a fellowship. Interested candidates should send their materials to no later than May 1 and include in the subject line: Fellowship Opportunities.

Staff Openings

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