Fellowships

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (WLC), a non-profit law firm, welcomes fellowship proposals from law students and law clerks committed to social justice and interested in civil rights litigation and advocacy. WLC seeks proposals for fellowships beginning in Fall 2018.  (Links to some of the relevant fellowships are provided below).

To apply, by July 10, 2017, please submit (1) a resume, (2) unofficial law school transcript, and (3) a 1 to 2 page description of the project that you wish to develop or lead at the WLC (please be sure to indicate the fellowship(s) to which you intend to apply) to: fellowships@washlaw.org.  

The WLC routinely hosts fellows for one or two years.  We have a broad and diverse practice and welcome fellowship applications on any issue that addresses bias and inequality. Fellows are provided robust opportunities to lead their projects, as well as vital supervision and collaboration from WLC litigators who have experience in individual matters, as well as impact and class action litigation.   

The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs (“Committee”) was formed nearly 50 years ago to provide legal assistance to individuals and communities who experience violations of their civil rights in Washington, D.C. and in the region. The Committee has a staff of dedicated attorneys and advocates who work closely with the private bar. The pro bono contributions of area lawyers and law firms allows the staff to extend the reach of the Committee. Currently, the Committee’s docket includes cases to address discrimination in housing, employment, access to public accommodations and government services, as well as matters related to prison conditions, disability rights, police misconduct and immigrants’ rights. We also maintain an education project that partners more than fifty law firms and businesses with low preforming schools to provide enrichment activities and tutoring.

In the past several years, we have hosted successful two-year fellows on cutting-edge legal issues, including (1) combating family responsibilities and pregnancy discrimination through impact and class-action litigation and policy advocacy before local governments; (2) litigating on behalf of people of color and other borrowers who were targeted by loan modification fraud in the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, and (3) advocating against real estate development that is perpetuating segregation on race and class lines in the District of Columbia, including through fair housing litigation and policy advocacy.

Information about fellowships can be found on the following web sites, but the WLC also encourages you to research if your law school provides other fellowship opportunities:

The Committee is an Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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