Posted on October 1, 2021

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center is now accepting applications from recent law school graduates for a Fellowship on NWLC’s Education & Workplace Justice team, supported by the MARGARET Fund. The fellow will work to promote equal opportunities for women and girls in school, with a particular focus on fighting sexual harassment in schools, in addition to other projects addressing gender justice in schools, including athletics equity. This fellowship term is for one year and will begin in Fall 2021.  Recent law school graduates as well as individuals completing judicial clerkships or legal fellowships are welcome to apply.

About the MARGARET Fund – May All Resolve Girls Achieve Real Equity Today

Deborah Slaner Larkin, a longtime NWLC Board member and passionate supporter of the National Women’s Law Center, established the MARGARET Fund in 1992.  The Fund has enabled the Law Center to establish a MARGARET Fund Fellowship for talented attorneys who advance the Law Center’s efforts to ensure that all schools provide nondiscriminatory environments on the basis of sex. Over the years, the Law Center has used the Fund to expand and confirm the protections of Title IX by winning landmark Supreme Court victories, to secure millions in financial aid for athletes who are women and girls by establishing new standards for athletic scholarships, and to restore legal protections for victims of pay discrimination by leading a coalition effort to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

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 almost 50 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.


The fellow’s work will primarily focus on fighting sexual harassment and violence in schools and advocating for strong legal protections for student survivors of gender-based violence.  Other projects the fellow may work on will support NWLC’s advocacy for gender equity in education, including strengthening civil rights protections for women and girls athletics and for LGBTQ students, Black and brown girls, and pregnant and parenting students.

The fellow’s responsibilities may include:

  • Researching and analyzing policy and legal issues related to Title IX and gender equity in education, and drafting a variety of written materials for different audiences, such as memos, fact sheets, reports, know your rights and other outreach materials, and blog posts;
  • Local, state, and federal administrative and legislative advocacy to strengthen Title IX protections and other civil rights protections for student survivors;
  • Participating in coalitions and at external meetings with other stakeholders to identify and advance policy goals addressing civil rights protections for student survivors;
  • Assisting in Title IX litigation, including reviewing documents and drafting portions of briefs, attending meetings with clients and co-counsel, and communicating with clients, as assigned;
  • Developing and helping draft and edit amicus briefs;
  • Responding to requests for legal assistance; and
  • Other programmatic work as needed.


The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills, including an ability to adjust communication style to suit various legal and non-legal audiences.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with team members and coalition partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed, work well with competing priorities, meet deadlines, and be creative in legal thinking and approaches.
  • Demonstrated willingness to ask questions and to receive and learn from feedback.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and/or experience in gender justice, gender-based violence, racial justice, LGBTQ+ equality, or other progressive issues.
  • Interest or experience in legislative advocacy at the state or federal level.

Additional preferred skills and knowledge:

  • Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment;
  • Experience engaging allies and stakeholders across sectors or movements;
  • Experience working in coalitions;
  • Experience providing legal assistance or advice to individuals.

Key Relations

The fellow will report to the Director of Justice for Student Survivors and will work with members of the Education & Workplace Justice team.

 Compensation & Benefits

The salary for first year fellows is $64,834.

The Law 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 for this position, please submit a cover letter outlining your interests and qualifications, resume, three references from supervisors, and a short writing sample, via e-mail to: [email protected]  and include the position title in the subject line. Electronic submissions are preferred. Applications accepted until position is filled.

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.


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

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