The ACLU of Illinois is currently accepting applications from law students and law graduates seeking a host organization for an externally-funded fellowship.

Applicants should send the following materials to

  • A cover letter
    • clearly stating the academic year or other timeframe for which you seek a fellowship;
    • specifying the name(s) and deadline(s) of the fellowship(s) for which you are applying,
    • highlighting your commitment to public interest law, and 
    • identifying the practice area(s) for which you are interested in developing a fellowship project (e.g., disability rights, immigrants’ rights, juvenile justice, LGBTQ and HIV advocacy, policing, prisoners’ rights, privacy & technology, reproductive freedom, women’s rights)
  • A current resume

Priority consideration will be given to those who contact us before July 15.  Later applications will be considered but should also include a brief description of a project proposal. 

We review submissions on a rolling basis, and consider not only the applicant’s qualifications but also the availability of ACLU of Illinois senior attorneys to meaningfully supervise the fellow.  If we contact applicants, then at that time we request a writing sample, transcript, and references.  The ACLU of Illinois is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to the basis of race, sex, gender identity, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction.

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