Posted on June 8, 2018

*Please continue to check this page for updated information about 2019 fellowship opportunities.

The National Women’s Law Center is now recruiting rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates interested in applying for Skadden, Equal Justice Works, or other law fellowships to begin in September 2019, to discuss their interest in basing a fellowship project at the Center. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until August 15, 2018, with priority given to those received earliest.

The Organization

Expanding possibilities. Eliminating barriers. We are passionate champions of national and state policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential throughout their lives – at school, at work, at home, in their families, and in their communities. We are committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for women who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and women who are low-income – and we make change happen. We are proud to have been on the front lines of virtually every major advance for women since 1972, benefiting women, their families, their communities, and the nation.

The Center has a staff of around 80 people and an annual budget of approximately $13 million. For more information on the Center, visit

The Role

The fellow will support the Center’s work in one of the following program areas: Workplace Justice, Education, Income Security and Child Care, and Reproductive Rights & Health.  Some specific project ideas are described on our website at, 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, legislation, legal briefs, and public education materials; and engaging and working with national and state-based coalitions and stakeholder organizations.


Law degree required. Must have excellent analytical, oral and written communications and organizational skills, attention to detail, and a demonstrated commitment to women’s issues. Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment preferred. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.


$60,000 per year or as provided by a specific fellowship program.. Excellent benefits, including 4 weeks of vacation.


If you are interested in applying for a fellowship, submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample, and three references. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send materials to and include the appropriate fellowship application title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to:  Human Resources Department, National Women’s Law Center, 11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036, FAX: 202-588-5185.

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 genders, people of color (including bilingual and bicultural individuals), veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

Reasonable Accommodations

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 Director
11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036

Project Ideas for 2019

Workplace Justice: Advancing the Rights of Low-wage Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities

Women, who continue to do the lion’s share of family caregiving, make up two-thirds of those working in jobs that typically pay $10.50 per hour or less, with women of color particularly over-represented in these jobs. Discrimination and challenging work schedules mean that for many women working in low-wage jobs and caring for children or other family members, meeting both their work and family obligations becomes an impossible juggling act. The purpose of this project is to protect and advance the rights of low-wage workers with caregiving responsibilities, and to leverage existing protections to challenge employer policies and practices that disadvantage caregivers. Fellowship activities would include a combination of: (1) public outreach and education, including creation of materials, to expand awareness of available federal and state legal protections; (2) impact litigation to enforce and expand rights; and (3) local, state and federal administrative and legislative advocacy to establish and strengthen protections against sex discrimination, family responsibilities discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, and abusive scheduling practices.

Education: Fighting to Keep K-12 Girls of Color in School

Project 1: Direct representation, impact litigation, and state policy advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming girls of color facing discrimination in K-12 schools. Forms of discrimination addressed will include harassment, exclusion from single-sex spaces, and discriminatory discipline.

Project 2: Direct representation, impact litigation, and state policy advocacy on behalf of low-income girls of color facing discriminatory discipline in K-12 schools for violating hair and dress codes, with a special focus on homeless girls and girls in foster care, who face unique obstacles to compliance.

Project 3: Direct representation, impact litigation, and state policy advocacy on behalf of girls facing overly harsh discipline and physical violence at the hands of school-based law enforcement.

Project 4: Direct representation, impact litigation, and policy advocacy on behalf of pregnant and parenting students facing discrimination at school and/or the workplace.

Child Care & Income Security: Building Income Security for Women and Their Families

In an economy that rewards the wealthy and corporations, women and families are struggling to make ends meet. Women of color are getting paid less, build less wealth and fewer assets, and make up a disproportionate share of low-wage workers, compared to men and white, non-Hispanic women. At the same time, an increasing number of women face precarious jobs, where workplace protections are eroding and employer-provided benefits are nonexistent. Yet public benefits programs have not kept pace with modern employment trends. It is no surprise that women, especially women of color, are at a higher risk of falling into poverty, especially if they are raising children on their own.

Public benefits like Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and housing assistance, among others, help women provide a basic standard of living for themselves and their families. Federal tax credits like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) also provide a much-needed boost to the incomes of families with children, and the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) can help families meet the high cost of child care they need in order to go to work or school. (Many states offer versions of these credits that benefit millions of families across the country).

Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has attacked programs that provide women and families meet basic needs like health care, food, and shelter, by proposing drastic funding cuts and structural changes that undermine the purpose of programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and housing assistance, and seeking to impose harmful work requirements that would prevent women struggling to make ends meet from accessing these critical benefits. The efforts to cut benefit programs reflect the Administration’s hostility to so-called “welfare” programs, and come on the heels of the 2017 Trump tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy and corporations.

The fellow would work with the Center during a critical time to protect and improve public benefits and income supports for low-income women and families. Specifically, the fellow would work to: (1) combat policy proposals that would cut or weaken public benefits for women and their families by using a range of advocacy tools and strategies, including exploring the possibility of related litigation efforts directly and/or alongside partner organizations, and (2) develop affirmative policy proposals for income supports and tax policies that meet the needs of women and their families.

As noted, above, please continue to check this page. More projects for other teams may be added – please check back the second or third week of June.

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