Posted on July 18, 2020

The Position

The Education team at the National Women’s Law Center seeks rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates interested in applying for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, or other legal fellowships to begin in August or September 2021.

The Organization

The National Women’s Law Center fights for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in our society — working across the issues that are central to the lives of women and girls.

We use the law in all its forms to change culture and drive solutions to the gender inequity that shapes our society and to break down the barriers that harm all of us — especially those who face multiple forms of discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For more than 45 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women, and we need you with us to continue this fight.


NWLC’s Education program team focuses on three priority areas:

  • Fighting sexual harassment and violence in school, through enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and state and local policy
  • Lifting the voices of Black and brown girls to improve school climate (e.g., ending unnecessary suspensions, expulsions, and practices that criminalize students for normal behavior; increasing counselors and other mental health supports; reforming racist & sexist dress codes); and
  • Boosting supports for pregnant and parenting students.

These priority areas primarily focus on students in K-12 schools, although NWLC engages in work related to gender equity in higher education, as well. Additionally, NWLC works to ensure that gender justice address the needs of LGBTQ students—especially those who face intersectional discrimination, such as queer and transgender students of color.

To break down discriminatory barriers for women, girls, and LGBTQ students that push them out of school or otherwise limit their ability to benefit from their education, NWLC invites fellowship project proposals addressing any of the following: discriminatory discipline practices; stereotypes, implicit bias, and intersectional forms of discrimination; sexual harassment and violence; discrimination against pregnant and parenting students; and other educational barriers girls and women face.

The fellow’s project may include: (1) public outreach and education, including creation of materials (such as fact sheets, reports and toolkits) to expand awareness of available federal and state legal protections; (2) local, state and federal administrative and legislative advocacy to establish and strengthen nondiscrimination protections, including coalition work; (3) participating in litigation aimed at enforcing and expanding the rights of girls, women and LGBTQ individuals in school. As needed, the fellow may also provide other program and organization-wide support.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for first year fellows is $62,042.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.  NWLC is located on Metro’s Red Line in Dupont Circle.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications and potential project idea, resume, transcript, a 5-10 page writing sample, and contact information for three references via email to In the subject line of the email, please include your name and the position for which you are applying (e.g., “Jane Doe: 2021 Sponsored Fellowship Candidate”).

Electronic submissions are preferred. Hard copies may be addressed to: Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036. Applications submitted by August 2 will receive priority consideration. No calls please.

The National Women’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities; people of all gender identities; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQI individuals.


As noted above, NWLC welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at or you may send the request by mail to:

National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Manager – Talent

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

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