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Posted on August 27, 2020

The Position

The National Women’s Law Center seeks a law school graduate for a Workplace Justice Legal Fellowship to begin immediately. Individuals completing judicial clerkships, fellowships, or legal internships are encouraged to apply. The fellowship term is one year with the possibility of extension to a second year.

The fellow will be a member of and support the work of NWLC’s Education & Workplace Justice team, which deploys legal and policy advocacy to break down discriminatory barriers to gender equality at work and at school to ensure real opportunities for success for women and girls—including in the context of COVID-19 and beyond. These efforts incorporate a strong focus on the rights of women and girls of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women and families with low incomes.

The team’s workplace justice efforts include work to:

  • Advance workplace equality, including ending workplace sexual harassment and violence, pay discrimination, and pregnancy and caregiver discrimination;
  • Improve job quality, including raising wages, securing fair work schedules, and ensuring working people can care for themselves and their families without sacrificing their paychecks; and
  • Build worker power, including supporting workers’ ability to organize and bargain collectively, advocating for increased transparency about wages and working conditions, and pushing back against corporate abuse.

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 women and families with low incomes.

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.


  • Assist with local, state and federal administrative and legislative advocacy efforts to establish and strengthen workplace protections;
  • Research policy proposals well as provide comments on proposed regulations and letters regarding legislation;
  • Draft testimony and fact sheets;
  • Assist with amicus briefs and other litigation efforts to enforce, expand, and protect workplace rights.
  • Build and participate in advocacy coalitions:
  • Develop trainings and materials for a variety of audiences for public outreach and education;
  • Collaborate with the NWLC communications team on external communications; and media engagement to expand awareness of workplace justice issues;
  • Represent NWLC at public events, hearing, conferences and coalition meetings;


The candidate must possess:

  • A law degree and willingness to seek admission to the DC Bar;
  • 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 give and receive feedback;

Additional preferred skills and knowledge,

  • Experience working in a research, advocacy, or policymaking environment;
  • Experience with engaging allies and stakeholders across sectors or movements and working in and/or building coalitions;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working on gender and racial equity and centering communities of color in approach to work

Key Relationships

The fellow will report directly to the Director for Workplace Equality and will work closely with members of the Education and Workplace Justice Team.

Compensation & Benefits

The salary for first-year fellows is $62,042.

NWLC offers a comprehensive benefits package. The Fellow will be eligible for 20 paid vacation days, 10 days paid sick leave, and 10 scheduled holidays per year. Because NWLC is located in Washington, DC, the Fellow will be a DC based role. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, all NWLC staff are mandated to telework through at least January 31, 2021. During this period, NWLC has established temporary emergency relief leave to be used by employees in place of accrued sick and vacation leave.


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 experience, resume, transcript, legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages, and three supervisory references. Resumes should include exact start and end dates of employment, specifically month and year. Please send application material via e-mail to: wpjfellow@nwlc.org 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; people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals; veterans; and LGBTQ individuals.


If you require reasonable accommodations during any part of the hiring process, please email us at humanresources@nwlc.org.

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