Fall 2022 Public Interest Fellowships

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) is accepting applications for sponsored public interest fellowships beginning in the fall of 2022, including those funded by Equal Justice Works, the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Justice Catalyst, law schools, and others. 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.  

ACLUM works on cutting-edge civil rights and civil liberties issues. We have undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on incarceration during COVID-19, free speech,  immigrants’ rights, criminal justice, reproductive rights, transgender rights, open government, police accountability, government surveillance, racial justice, and other issues. For more, please visit www.aclum.org.

Subject Area of the Fellowship

ACLUM welcomes applications on any significant issue involving civil rights or liberties. Recent ACLUM fellows have litigated key cases on rights of incarcerated individuals impacted by COVID-19, access to medication for addiction treatment, the First Amendment, and immigrants’ rights. Areas of interest to ACLUM in 2022 might include free speech, police accountability, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, criminal justice, racial justice, and government surveillance. Our staff will work with candidates to develop their proposals for submission, helping tailor the proposal to address an important civil rights or civil liberties issue. 

Job Description 

Fellows will work with ACLUM’s legal director and staff attorneys on trial-level and appellate work. Fellows may 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 and possible project proposal, to fellows@aclum.org. Please use the subject line “2022 Fellowship – [your name].” Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. ACLUM prefers to receive applications by August for fellowships with fall deadlines.

ACLUM is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, people of color, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.