Notice to Third-Year Law Students & Recent Law Graduates

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLUM) is accepting applications from third-year law students and recent law graduates for its new Ellen Paradise Fisher-Franklin M. Fisher Legal Fellowship. Unlike fellowships sponsored by outside organizations like Equal Justice Works and Skadden, the Paradise-Fisher Fellowship will be awarded directly by ACLUM to a new attorney showing exceptional promise. The successful fellowship candidate will work closely with ACLUM staff on cutting-edge issues relating to civil rights and civil liberties, and will be offered a one- or two-year fellowship; yearly pay will be between $52,00 and $95,000, depending on experience.

Subject Areas: ACLUM has recently undertaken groundbreaking litigation and advocacy on racial justice, free speech, immigrants’ rights, police accountability, and government surveillance, among other issues. We welcome applications from prospective fellows who are interested in one or more of these issues. The successful fellowship candidate might be asked to focus on a particular issue or work on a range of issues. 

Job Description: The Paradise-Fisher Fellow will work with ACLUM’s legal director and staff attorneys on trial-level and appellate work. The Fellow might also work with staff members on non-litigation advocacy, such as public education, legislation, and investigations. The successful candidate will be offered a one- or two-year fellowship.

Qualifications: 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, writing and analytical skills are required. Current or recent judicial law clerks are encouraged to apply, but judicial clerkship experience is not required. 

Application Process and Timing: Please email a cover letter, resume, list of three references, and a writing sample to [email protected] using the subject line “Paradise-Fisher Fellowship Application – [your name].” Please choose a writing sample that amply demonstrates your thinking and writing skills; you may choose a sample that has been edited or influenced by others, but please note that fact in your application. Applications will be processed as received, with the goal of having the fellow join ACLUM before the end of 2021.

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.