One-year, two-year or short-term legal or policy fellowships:

Our fellows support the Center’s work in one or more of the following program areas: Reproductive Rights and Health, Income Security and Education (including child care), and Workplace Justice.

  • Legal Fellowship Opportunities for 2017
  • Policy Fellowships Opportunities
    • Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship: Applications due March 22, 2017
    • Public Policy Fellowship: The September 2016-2017 Public policy Fellowship position has been filled

Legal Fellowships

The Center recruits rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates interested in applying for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, ABA Section of Taxation’s Christine A. Brunswick Public Service Fellowship, or other law fellowships to begin in the fall of each year. Some specific project ideas are described within the job postings posted below but applicants may draft their own project descriptions for consideration.  Responsibilities may include researching and analyzing policy and legal issues; drafting a variety of materials, such as memos, fact sheets, reports, comments on regulations, and legal briefs, and working with national and state-based coalitions.

Qualifications generally include the following (review individual postings listed below for specific requirements): Law degree and experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment preferred.  Must have excellent analytical, oral and written communications and organizational skills, attention to detail, and a commitment to women’s issues.

Policy Fellowships

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellowship

The National Women’s Law Center is pleased to serve as a host organization for the Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program.  The Fellow will serve as a Policy Analyst, supporting the work of the Center’s Workplace Justice and Income Security & Education teams.  The Center welcomes applications from recent PhDs in the humanities or humanistic social sciences for the two-year Policy Analyst position, which will begin in September 2017.  The Fellow will receive an annual stipend of $67,500, in addition to benefits.

Please review the position description for details about responsibilities and the desired qualifications.

The application deadline is March 22, 2017 (8pm EDT).  For more information, please visit http://www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

Public Policy Fellowship

The September 2016-2017 Public Policy Fellowship position has been filled. The application process for the September 2017-2018 Fellowship will begin around April 2017.

The National Women’s Law Center recruits college or masters’ graduates with excellent quantitative, research, and communications skills and relevant experience.

Qualifications may include: Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of post-college experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment OR a master’s degree in public policy, economics, or other social sciences program are required.

Must have strong quantitative research skills and facility working with spreadsheets.

Must have excellent oral and written communications skills.

Must be detail-oriented and able to handle several tasks at once.

Experience with statistical analysis and related software such as SPSS a plus.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with priority given to those received earliest.

Application Instructions

To learn more about these opportunities, please contact Maya Raghu at mraghu@nwlc.org and copy humanresources@nwlc.org.

NWLC is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  NWLC encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, personal appearance, gender identify or expression, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, or disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions.


NWLC offers a comprehensive benefit package for eligible employees working 20 hours or more per week. Employees working less than 20 hours are eligible for prorated annual, sick, and holiday leave.

  • Medical Insurance
  • NWLC contributes generously to employees’ medical premiums each month. Employee medical contributions are paid semi-monthly and are paid on a pre-tax basis.
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance (Two times annual salary)
  • Paid family and medical leave (eligible after one-year of employment)
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical, dependent care, and transportation
  • 403(b) retirement plan; new employees eligible to contribute upon hire; graduated employer contributions after two years employment
  • Employee Assistance and Grief Counseling Programs
  • Travel Assistance Plan
  • Four weeks paid vacation, increasing after five years of employment
  • Two weeks sick time, increasing, after five years of employment
  • Twelve or more paid holidays per year
  • Ad hoc and optional one-day per week telecommuting schedule (for eligible employees)

The Center’s benefit offerings may change somewhat from time to time. Candidates selected for positions will be provided a summary of benefits in effect at time of application.