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 2017. (Links to some of the relevant fellowships are provided below).

To apply, by August 8, 2016, please submit (1) a resume (2) unofficial law school transcript, and (3) and 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. We strongly urge people of color, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, disabled, veteran, and service member persons to apply. The WLC is an equal opportunity employer.  

The WLC routinely hosts fellows for one or two years. Due to the broad range of areas in which the WLC advocates, the WLC can sponsor fellows who wish to work on any number of legal issues or areas.  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.   

For nearly 50 years, the WLC has been a leader in civil rights litigation and advocacy, and currently works on a broad range of legal areas and issues, including employment, disability, fair housing, public accommodations, immigrant rights, prisoner’s rights, and constitutional rights. We fight to advance the rights of people in numerous protected classes, including race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, disability, familial status, family responsibilities, military service and status, source of income, place of residence, and criminal background. We practice in federal and state trial courts, administrative proceedings, and appellate courts. While we focus our advocacy on the D.C. Metropolitan area (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), we also litigate cases throughout the country and successfully reform corporate and governmental policies throughout the United States.  

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:

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

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