Posted on July 30, 2020

The Position

The Workplace Justice 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 SkaddenEqual Justice WorksJustice 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 Workplace Justice team deploys legal and policy advocacy to break down discriminatory barriers to women’s full equality at work and to ensure that work provides real opportunities for success for women and their families. Our work focuses on those who face intersectional discrimination, including women of color, LGBTQI+ people, and women working in low-paid jobs.

NWLC’s Workplace Justice program team focuses on three priority areas:

  • Advancing workplace equality, including ending workplace sexual harassment and violence, pay discrimination, and pregnancy and caregiver discrimination;
  • Improving job quality, including raising the minimum wage and overtime pay, fair scheduling policies, and child care assistance; and
  • Building worker power, including supporting workers’ ability to organize and bargain, advocating for increased transparency about wages and working conditions, and pushing back against corporate abuse.

To break down discriminatory barriers for women in the workplace, NWLC invites fellowship project proposals addressing (but not limited to) any of the following: workplace harassment and sexual violence; discrimination against pregnant workers and/or caregivers; pay discrimination; low wages and unfair working conditions in the jobs that women disproportionately hold; and other discriminatory barriers women and working families 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 federal and state workplace protections. 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. Applications submitted by August 7th 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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