Fall 2022 Public Interest Fellowships

Position Summary 

CLC is seeking applicants for sponsored fellowships—including but not limited to Skadden, Equal Justice Works, school-funded public interest fellowships, and other public interest fellowships—to begin work in the fall of 2022. CLC is seeking applicants interested in all of our issue areas: campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, and ethics. All applicants must be willing to apply for any available public interest funding for their fellowship. Fellowships will be time-limited for one or two-year terms. Limited internal funding is available if external funding is not obtained. This internal funding depends on the 2022-2023 budget and will not be guaranteed for all sponsored fellows.   

CLC litigates cases to defend and ensure enforcement of federal and state campaign finance laws, to protect the fundamental right to vote, to challenge redistricting plans that discriminate against voters on the basis of their race or political beliefs, and to ensure compliance with government ethics laws. CLC also participates in trial and appellate cases through friend-of-the-court briefs, engages in educational efforts (such as know-your-rights trainings), and provides legislative drafting assistance to legislatures and organizations seeking to improve election law. Potential projects will likely combine litigation with advocacy and public education. This position is located in Washington, D.C. 


Key Responsibilities 

  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation or advocacy projects. 

  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, motions, and briefs. 

  • Draft and edit public education and advocacy materials. 

  • Participate at all levels of trial and appellate practice as needed. 

  • Help manage student interns. 

  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences. 

  • Other duties based on the specific project or position as developed. 

  • Some travel may be required. 


Preferred Qualifications  

  • J.D. or expected to receive J.D. by spring of 2022. 

  • Applicants should be 2022 expected law school graduates or 2020 or 2021 graduates currently in another fellowship or clerkship.  

  • Admission, or plans to seek admission, to the D.C. Bar or another bar that will enable the applicant to waive into D.C. Bar membership.  

  • Strong research, writing, and analytical skills. 

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills with a proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively as part of a team. 

  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative and drive projects from start to finish.  

  • Commitment to the nonpartisan nature and overall mission of CLC. 

  • Demonstrated interest in campaign finance, voting rights, redistricting, or government ethics issues is preferred but not required. 


Compensation & Benefits 

We offer salary commensurate with experience plus a competitive benefits package including 401(k) match, employer-covered health, dental, vision, short- & long-term disability, AD&D, and life insurance.  


To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume addressing your interest in and relevant experience for this role with “FALL 2022 PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIPS” as the subject line in an email to [email protected]. Applications that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered. Please no phone calls about this position.

Please submit your application by July 7th. 


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 

Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. CLC is proud to be an inclusive organization. It does not make hiring or advancement, or other employment decisions, based on race, national origin, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, familial status or responsibilities, personal appearance, pregnancy, political affiliation, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information, disability, record of arrest or conviction, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, District of Columbia, or local law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, termination, benefits, and training. 


Disclaimer: This description is intended to provide an overview of this position and is not all inclusive of additional duties that may arise as business needs change.