Equal Justice Works or Skadden Foundation Fellowship Candidates

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) seeks dynamic entering third year law students or recent law graduates for sponsored fellowships such as Equal Justice, Skadden or other public interest fellowship to begin in the fall 2017 to join its national team of lawyers, researchers and policy advocates. A national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington D.C., Seattle and Berkeley, NELP promotes federal, state and local policies to create good jobs, strengthen workers’ upward mobility, enforce worker rights, and improve benefits and services for the unemployed. In collaboration with national and grassroots partners, NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation support and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, strengthen unemployment insurance, ensure employer accountability for workers in contract employment, encourage fair chance hiring practices, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see stage.nelp.org.


The applicant will further develop a growing NELP project focused on workers’ rights and social benefits in the on-demand and larger subcontracted economy. The project seeks to ensure that work structures and worker classification are not the litmus test that determines whether work delivers security, opportunity and democracy to working people. Together with NELP’s research, policy, communications and legal teams, the fellow will provide research and analysis to create smart, strategic and visionary labor and social policies, and incubate and provide assistance to campaigns, including drafting policy briefs, legal analysis and model legislation.


The applicant will work with NELP staff to develop a project to promote strong labor standards and good jobs in our economy, especially for low-income, immigrant and contingent workers. The specific project will be developed with the applicant, but NELP’s work in this area is to collaborate with partner organizations on campaigns to bring bold, innovative, and transformative solutions that ensure our economy and public policy deliver good jobs and robust safety nets for working people and their communities. The fellow would provide legal research, strategic assistance and analysis to support local and state campaigns to create and enforce labor standards, especially in low-paying jobs.

Under the supervision of NELP attorneys and working with a team, both fellows would do some or all of the following:

  • Cultivate and engage key constituencies, allied organizations, and policymakers in policy campaigns;
  • Draft amicus briefs and support strategic litigation related to the labor rights of low-wage  workers;
  • Represent NELP in public forums, including legislative and agency hearings, and the media.


  • Entering third year law student or recent law school graduate eligible for an Equal Justice and/or Skadden Foundation Fellowship (See http://www.equaljusticeworks.org and http://www.skaddenfellowships.org/ for program eligibility guidelines);
  • Demonstrated interest in workers’ rights and/or economic justice work;
  • Ability to write clearly and persuasively in diverse formats such as legal briefs, policy analysis, campaign materials, op-eds and blogs;
  • Experience partnering with worker centers, unions and/or other economic justice organizations;
  • Ability to work in a team environment, welcoming different points of view and respecting different styles of communication;
  • Ability to engage in occasional travel.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector. If necessary, EJW and Skadden salaries will be supplemented to match NELP salaries.  Excellent benefits package.

To Apply:

Send via email your cover letter, résumé, three writing samples and three references to jobs@nelp.org, noting “Fellowship Application: New York” or “Fellowship Application: Seattle” in the subject line. We will consider applications on a rolling basis, allowing sufficient time to draft and submit fellowship applications (September 16, 2016 for Equal Justice Works and October 3 for Skadden Foundation). If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to jobs@nelp.org, noting “Fellowship Applicant Search – Question” in the subject line, together with the city for which you are applying. No phone calls or other e-mail inquiries please.

NELP is an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Apply Now:

Send via email your cover letter, résumé, three writing samples and three references.


Fellowship Application: Please specify New York or Seattle in the subject line.

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