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Fall 2020 Public Interest Fellowships

Posted July 12, 2019

The deadline for this application has been extended through August 15, 2019.

Muslim Advocates (MA) seeks applications for sponsored fellowships such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2020. MA encourages rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates to apply. Sponsored fellows will serve as members of MA’s legal team and will be based in our Washington, D.C. office.

Muslim Advocates is a leading national legal advocacy and educational nonprofit organization that has been fighting to promote freedom, justice, and equality for Americans of all faiths since 2005. In addition to conducting legal advocacy, policy engagement, and civic education, MA utilizes targeted litigation in order to protect and defend the rights of American Muslims. Our work includes projects aimed at ensuring religious liberty, challenging discriminatory government policies and practices, holding hate actors accountable, combating unlawful profiling and surveillance, and guaranteeing government transparency. In addition, Muslim Advocates continues to serve as a legal resource aimed at educating American Muslims about the law and their rights as well as promoting their full and meaningful participation in American public life.

Roles and Responsibilities

Work with MA staff attorneys and other staff members on trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts.

Conduct legal research and analysis.

Conduct interviews with witnesses and potential MA clients.

Draft and prepare legal memoranda and other legal documents.

Contribute to policymaking and/or other forms of advocacy.

Create non-legal advocacy materials in support of MA’s public education and outreach efforts.

Other projects related to MA’s legal, policy, and public education work as they arise.


J.D. or expected to receive J.D. by the spring of 2020.

Demonstrated commitment to protecting civil rights and addressing issues of inequality.

Outstanding research, writing, and verbal communication skills.

Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Proven ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

Ability to engage effectively with diverse communities and constituencies.

Commitment to MA’s mission.


Muslim Advocates offers a generous and competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should apply by sending the following materials as a single PDF file by email to [email protected], including “Public Interest Fellowship” in the subject line: (1) a cover letter specifying the candidate’s interest in working with Muslim Advocates as well as their potential topic(s) of interest and relevant experience; (2) a resume; (3) a list of three references; and (4) a legal writing sample.

Candidates interested in applying for sponsored fellowships such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or Soros should submit their application materials to Muslim Advocates by August 15, 2019 (the previously advertised deadline was July 31).

Candidates seeking to apply for school-based or other public interest fellowships may submit their application materials to Muslim Advocates on a rolling basis, though applicants are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

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