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Fellowship: Legal Fellow

Posted August 12, 2020

About Us

Muslim Advocates provides expert representation in the courts, the policy making process, and in the public dialogue so that American Muslims and all people can live free from discrimination. We litigate, educate, and advocate to uphold our country’s promise of equal treatment under the law for all Americans — and we get results. We are a big tent organization that recognizes the rich and full diversity of the American Muslim community in race, sex, place of birth, ability, income, education, gender identity, sexual orientation, sect of worship and level of religiosity. Our team is based in Washington, DC. During COVID, this will be a remote position.

Muslim Advocates seeks to sponsor a highly talented and motivated law student or recent law graduate for an Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Justice Catalyst or other fellowship opportunity.  The Sponsored fellow will collaborate to design and implement a fellowship project to support Muslim Advocates’ work. They will work with a team of experienced attorneys led by our legal director.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Research issues related to proposed fellowship;
  • Draft fellowship proposal in collaboration with Muslim Advocates;
  • Ensure timely submission of all fellowship materials;
  • Once approved for a fellowship, work closely with teams of staff attorneys, legal fellows, legal assistants, and co-counsel from law firms and other non-profit organizations;
  • Build and maintain client relationships with an emphasis on community-based lawyering and client-centered counseling and representation; and 
  • Develop legal strategies to protect the rights of American Muslims and other vulnerable communities.

Qualifications

  • Law student or recent law graduate.  Expected graduation from Law School by July 2021 with a J.D. or LL.M. Aside from a short-term fellowship or clerkship, the candidate may not have held a permanent public interest position as an attorney.
  • Skilled legal researcher, writer, and communicator. The ideal candidate will have outstanding legal research skills and excellent writing. The candidate should also have excellent oral advocacy and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong organizational skills. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and time-management skills, ability to meet deadlines, and a proven ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  • Client/community focused. The ideal candidate will be able to effectively maintain client relationships and engage and build relationships with vulnerable communities and other stakeholders.
  • Committed to MA’s vision and organizational values. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to freedom and equality for all regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), or any other protected characteristic.

Candidates should be fluent in oral and written English (other languages are a plus).  Candidates should be willing and able to travel as the demands of the position would require.

Muslim Advocates is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, individuals from diverse faith (or no faith) backgrounds, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should click here to apply online.

Please be sure to upload the following materials with your application: (1) a cover letter specifying the candidate’s interest in working with Muslim Advocates and their skills and relevant experience; (2) a resume; (3) a list of three references; and (4) a 5 – 10 page legal writing sample.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information about Muslim Advocates, visit: www.muslimadvocates.org.