Notice to Third-Year Law Students & Recent Graduates

Applications Preferred by August 7, 2018

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) is accepting applications for sponsored public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2018. Third-year law students and attorneys seeking funding from outside sources and school-specific sources for work involving civil rights and civil liberties may apply. Note: ACLUM does not fund its own in-house fellowship; please apply to ACLUM only if you are seeking outside funding from an organization (e.g. Equal Justice Works or Skadden) and/or law school.
ACLUM works on cutting-edge issues involving civil rights and civil liberties. In 2017, we won one of the early injunctions against President Trump’s Muslim Ban, and we have won the dismissal of drug convictions in an estimated 30,000 cases affected by the Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak scandals. We have also undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on immigrants’ rights; freedom of speech, government surveillance, police accountability, racial justice, and other issues.

Subject Area of the Fellowship

ACLUM welcomes fellowship applications on any significant issue involving civil rights or liberties. Recent ACLUM fellows have taken a leading role in key cases on wrongful convictions, the First Amendment right to record police officers and immigration detention. Areas of interest to ACLUM in 2019 might include immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, and free speech.

Job Description

Fellows will work with ACLUM attorneys on trial-level and appellate work. Fellows also work with staff members on non-litigation advocacy, such as public education, legislative work, public speaking, community organizing, and investigation. The fellowship’s length will be governed by the funding organization’s policy.


Applicants should have a commitment to civil rights and liberties, be self-motivated, and be able to work well with a wide range of people. Excellent research and writing skills are required.

How to Apply

Please email a resume, list of references, and writing sample, along with a cover letter indicating specific interests, possible project proposal, and fellowship or funding source(s), to Please use the subject line “2019 Fellowship – [your name].” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
The ACLU of Massachusetts is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

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