Legal Fellowship

The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, is pleased to announce the availability of a fully funded (with benefits) two-year project fellowship for law school graduates beginning in Fall 2018. EJI is a non-profit law office and human rights organization that provides legal assistance to condemned prisoners, children in the criminal justice system, people wrongly convicted or sentenced, and the poor and vulnerable facing imprisonment. We advocate for more hopeful solutions to the violence, powerlessness, and despair that plague many marginalized communities.

EJI is engaging in a new initiative on race and poverty that seeks meaningful solutions to long-standing problems. Specifically, we aim to document and contextualize issues surrounding race and poverty in America by examining the legal history of racial subordination, exclusion, and segregation. We will be considering particular remedies designed to address contemporary and historic injuries that many people of color have experienced in the rural south. We are excited about the possibility of giving voice to widespread structural barriers and systems that are limiting opportunities and progress to many rural poor.

In addition, we are challenging excessive and abusive punishments imposed on children across the United States, working on large reform projects relating to racial injustice and economic inequality, and we maintain a large docket of death penalty cases, wrongful conviction cases, and civil rights cases. In addition, we are committed to challenging violence against incarcerated individuals, abuse of power by correctional officers, unsafe prison conditions, mistreatment of mentally ill inmates, and illegal detention of the poor. We work with and provide training to lawyers, law students, community leaders, and low-income communities to improve access to justice. We issue research reports and materials aimed at educating the public and increasing awareness of problems related to criminal justice, race, and poverty.

EJI is seeking lawyers or law graduates with strong advocacy skills who are highly motivated, hard-working, and who embrace our mission and program goals enthusiastically. EJI provides full benefits. To learn more about our work, visit our website at www.eji.org. To apply please send a letter of interest and a resume to John Dalton at [email protected]. Positions for the Fall 2017 fellowship have been filled. We will be accepting applications for the Fall 2018 fellowship from August 1, 2017, until November 6, 2017.

EJI has a strong commitment to diversity and especially encourages people historically underrepresented in the practice of law to apply.