2022 Fellowship Sponsorship Opportunity—Workplace Justice

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 externally funded legal fellowships to begin in August or September 2022.

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 women of color, LGBTQ people, and low-income women and families.

For almost 50 years, we have been on the leading edge of every major legal and policy victory for women. Find out more at NWLC.org.


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 particularly focuses on those who face intersectional discrimination, including women of color and LGBTQ people, and on 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 through raising the minimum wage and overtime pay, fair scheduling policies, and paid leave; 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; discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity; or 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 workplace 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 a first year fellow is $64,384.

The Center offers a comprehensive benefits package, and four weeks of annual vacation.

NWLC is a non-profit organization whose headquarters and staff are based in Washington, D.C., with our office located in historic Dupont Circle. However, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are temporarily working remotely. We continue to monitor public health guidance and keep safety, science, and flexibility top of mind as we evaluate what reopening looks like for our team.


NWLC recognizes a staff bargaining unit, NWLC United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is included in NWLC’s bargaining unit. Specific employment terms are subject to collective bargaining.

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 [email protected] In the subject line of the email, please include your name and the position for which you are applying (e.g., “Jane Doe: 2022 Sponsored Fellowship Candidate”). Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications submitted by August 1 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 and sexual orientations; people of color; and veterans. 

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at [email protected]