One-year Fellow, Education (Supported by the MARGARET Fund)

Posted on April 6, 2018

The National Women’s Law Center is now accepting applications from recent law school graduates for a Education & Workplace Justice Fellowship, supported by the MARGARET Fund, focusing on gender equity in education, to begin late summer/early fall 2018. The fellowship term is one year. Individuals completing judicial clerkships or fellowships are welcome to apply.

About the Center

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.

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

Deborah Slaner Larkin, a longtime Board member and passionate supporter of the National Women’s Law Center, established The MARGARET Fund in 1992.  The Fund has enabled the Center to establish a MARGARET Fund Fellowship for talented attorneys who advance the Center’s efforts to ensure that all schools provide nondiscriminatory environments for women and girls.  Over the years, the 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 female athletes 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.

Fellowship Description

The fellow will work with members of the Education and Workplace Justice team to promote equal opportunities for women and girls in school, with a particular focus on girls of color and LGBTQ students. Using legal and policy advocacy, as well as public education and outreach, to break down discriminatory barriers for women and girls that push them out of school or otherwise limit their ability to benefit from their education, the fellow will participate in work to address issues including discriminatory discipline practices; stereotypes, implicit bias, and intersectional forms of discrimination; sexual harassment and violence; discrimination against pregnant and parenting students; gender inequities in athletics; and other educational barriers girls and women face.

Key Responsibilities

The fellow’s responsibilities 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 and women in school. As needed, the fellow may also provide other program and organization-wide support.


The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree.
  • Approximately 0-2 years’ legal experience.
  • Excellent analytical and oral and written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to collaborate with team members and coalition partners.
  • Initiative and creativity.
  • Willingness to ask questions and to receive feedback.
  • A commitment to equity for women and girls.

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

Salary and Benefits

$50,000 annual salary; excellent benefits, including four weeks of vacation.


To apply, please submit a resume, three supervisory references, short writing sample, and a cover letter. In your cover letter, please describe how your professional background is a good fit for this position. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please send materials to and include position title in the subject line. Hard copies may be addressed to:


National Women’s Law Center

ATTN: Human Resources Director

11 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 800

Washington, DC 20036

FAX: 202-588-5185.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received before May 1, 2018. 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 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 the address above.