Legal Fellowship

The National Employment Law Project (NELP) is seeking a dynamic law student or judicial clerk to sponsor for a Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or similar post-graduate legal fellowship in the fall of 2018. The legal fellow would be based in NELP’s offices in New York City. This position offers an opportunity to join a committed and high-impact team at NELP that, in partnership with national and grassroots advocates, is working to end structural racism, reduce inequality and build worker power by improving economic opportunity and security for low-wage and unemployed workers, especially workers of color, immigrants and women.

About NELP:

For nearly 50 years, the National Employment Law Project (NELP) has worked to restore the promise of economic opportunity through work to America’s working families. NELP is one of the country’s leading workers’ rights organizations, developing innovative policy models, conducting research, educating policymakers, supporting worker organizing, and engaging in strategic communications. We work from the ground up to build change, in close partnership with community groups, worker centers, unions, faith-based organizations, and policymakers. To learn more about us, please visit our website at

The Fellowship:

NELP will work with the aspiring legal fellow to develop a project that supports federal, state, and local policy and organizing campaigns seeking to promote good jobs and fair access to employment for our nation’s low-wage and immigrant workforce. NELP would consider a project that strengthens and enforces strong labor standards in the low-wage labor markets, that addresses barriers to enforcement of long-held rights by use of coercive waivers and forced private arbitrations, or that addresses the rise of outsourcing and contingent work structures to ensure fair wages and job quality.

The fellow’s project may employ a variety of strategies, including:

  • Providing legal, policy, and strategic assistance for campaigns, including drafting legislation, legal analyses, and policy briefs;
  • Participating in strategic litigation related to wage and hour, other labor standards issues, or federal administrative actions;
  • Drafting reports, op-eds, and educational materials and engaging in strategic communications;
  • Coordinating networks of advocates to develop and advance policy campaigns.


  • You have (or will have, before the start of the fellowship) a J.D. degree and relevant bar admission.
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • You have demonstrated commitment to workers’ rights, economic justice, and race equality.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered 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.


NELP will supplement the fellowship award according to the fellow’s placement on NELP’s collective bargaining scale. Salaries are competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience and education. Excellent benefits package. Fellows are members of NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320.

Application Instructions:

Interested applicants should email a resume, a cover letter explaining their interest and project ideas, reference list, and a writing sample to, noting “Legal Fellowship Application” in the subject line. Deadline for initial applications seeking sponsorship by NELP is August 10, 2018. We will consider applications on a rolling basis.

Application Deadline: 08/10/2018

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