NCLEJ or the National Centre for Law and Economic Justice invites applications for its Legal Fellowship Program 2022, on a rolling basis.
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ), formerly known as the Welfare Law Center (WLC) from 1997-2006 and the Center for Social Welfare Policy and Law (CSWPL) from 1965-1997, is a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the cause of economic justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities across the country.
Specifically, NCLEJ advocates for the following causes: income security, access to employment, fair treatment, public accountability, access to justice, fair and safe workplaces, community action, and civic participation.
NCLEJ was founded in 1965. From the very start, NCLEJ has joined with low-income families, individuals, communities, and a wide range of organizations to advance the cause of economic justice through litigation, policy advocacy, and support of grassroots organizing.
NCLEJ’s key issues include child care/work supports, civil rights/racial justice, disability rights, fair administration/modernization, health care/health reform, low-wage workers, meeting basic needs, and SNAP (food stamps).
About the Fellowship
The National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) seeks motivated rising 3rd year law students and recent law graduates with a record of commitment to social justice, and excellent writing, legal research and communication skills, to sponsor for Legal Fellowships beginning in the Fall of 2022, including Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, and any other relevant fellowships.
NCLEJ advances the cause of economic and racial justice for low-income families, individuals, and communities across the country, using ground-breaking impact litigation, policy advocacy, and support for grassroots organizing. NCLEJ fights to end systemic discrimination against people of color, women, sexual and gender minorities, immigrants, and people with disabilities, and works to build systems that provide economic security and opportunity to all.
Their current advocacy is focused on
- preserving and maintaining access to government benefits;
- protecting and advancing the rights of workers;
- combatting unlawful and abusive debt collection; and
- advocating for people with disabilities.
- Fellows will join with staff attorneys to support new and ongoing impact litigation and class actions, policy analysis, and advocacy.
- For applicants seeking project-based fellowships, NCLEJ will work closely with selected applicants to develop project proposals and will provide support throughout the fellowship funding application cycle.
- NCLEJ welcomes new proposals for fellowship projects that fit within NCLEJ’s mission and areas of work.
Some potential fellowship project areas may include:
- Advocacy to abolish driver’s license suspensions for unpaid child support obligations;
- Advocacy to end racial and income/wealth discrimination in access to utilities, such as water, internet, and electricity;
- Advancing the rights of workers in the Work Experience Program who are required to work in order to receive public benefits.
- Applicants must be either recent graduates or forthcoming graduates (by Spring/Summer 2022) of an accredited school of law.
- Excellent writing and research skills are essential.
- Applicants must have experience and/or a demonstrated commitment to social justice.
- NCLEJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. They strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and people from other historically disenfranchised communities to apply.
How to Apply?
Please submit the following:
- A cover letter setting out why you believe you would be a strong fellowship candidate for sponsorship by NCLEJ and possible projects (whether fully formed or just preliminary ideas) you are interested in,
- A resume,
- A writing sample, and
- 3 references.
Send these materials by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your application will be acknowledged by e-mail.
- Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and early applications are appreciated.
- You will be contacted if the authorities wish to schedule an interview.
- If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.
NCLEJ’s current salary scale calls for a law graduate to receive $64,800 (INR 48,19,516) annually with generous benefits.