The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve systems of democracy and justice in the United States. We work to hold our political institutions and laws accountable to the twin American ideals of democracy and equal justice for all. The Brennan Center’s work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from ending mass incarceration to preserving constitutional protections in the fight against terrorism. Part think-‐tank, part advocacy group, part cutting edge communications hub, we start with rigorous research. We craft innovative policies. And we fight for them – in Congress and the states, the courts, and in the court of public opinion.
The Brennan Center’s Justice Program seeks to secure our nation’s promise of equal justice for all by creating a rational, effective, and fair justice system. Its priority focus is to reduce mass incarceration while keeping down crime. The program melds law, policy, and economics to produce new empirical analyses and innovative policy solutions to advance this critical goal.
Position: The Justice Program is eager to sponsor law students in the class of 2020, and recent law school graduates including judicial law clerks, who are interested in applying for a one- to two-year post-graduate public interest fellowship starting in the fall of 2020. Potential fellowships include those associated with law schools, and other, similar programs. In recent years the Brennan Center has successfully sponsored a number of public interest fellows from a variety of programs.
Fellows will work alongside Justice Program attorneys on the Brennan Center’s public advocacy and research initiatives. Activities may include legal and policy analysis and research; legislative drafting at federal, state, and local levels; administrative and legislative advocacy; public education and scholarship; and communicating with the press.
Qualifications: Sponsored fellowship applicants should have excellent legal research, writing, and analytical skills, and a demonstrated commitment to work in the public interest. Relevant experience or interest in the Justice Program’s work is a plus.
Applications: If you are interested in developing a fellowship proposal with the Brennan Center, please visit Justice Fellow Application. Please upload the following application materials: a cover letter; a resume; a writing sample; your law school transcripts; and contact information for three references. No phone calls or faxes. Please reference where you saw this posting.
If you have difficulty with the online system, you may send your application by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with “2020 Justice Program Fellowship” in the subject line, after registering in the online system. Apply for this opportunity through our website only.
Applicants should obtain a primary source of funding. The Brennan Center may supplement funding source based on amount. Full employee benefits are available.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until candidates are selected. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications early, and with enough time to comply with other funding deadlines.
The Brennan Center for Justice is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, Brennan Center