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Criminal Law Reform Project Fall 2023 Fellowship, ACLU, New York

ACLU invites rising law graduates to apply for a fellowship program to work with them as a legal fellow for Criminal Law Reform Project Fall 2023 Fellowship.


The ACLU invites rising third-year law students and law graduates to apply for a sponsorship opportunity to work with us as a Legal Fellow for up to two years. The Criminal Law Reform Project (CLRP)of the National office in New York, NY seeks applicants to consider for a sponsored fellowship such as Equal Justice Works or other public interest fellowships to begin in the fall of 2023.

CLRP seeks to sponsor a fellow in the New York office to undertake a project combatting policing harm through state constitutions and creative litigation to support investments in alternatives to police responses. 


  • Conduct legal research and analysis and develop theories to support new litigation projects 
  • Draft legal memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, motions, and briefs 
  • Interview witnesses and potential clients
  • Participate in discovery and trial practice
  • Draft and edit public education and non-litigation advocacy materials
  • Provide support and assistance to ACLU affiliates and cooperating attorneys
  • Help manage summer legal internship program and supervise student interns
  • Engage in public speaking and attend meetings and/or conferences as needed
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts 


  • J.D. or expected to receive a J.D. by the spring of 2023 
  • Demonstrated commitment to criminal justice and racial justice
  • Willingness to work closely with the CLRP through the funding application process
  • Excellent research, writing, and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct complex legal analysis and fact-finding 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work independently as well as within a team 
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative, manage a variety of tasks and see projects through to completion


The ACLU has a litigator scale that determines pay for attorneys in our Legal Department. The range of salaries are the following, based on year of law school graduation (please consult the hiring manager for specific salary details, based on individual circumstances):

  • 0-2 years since law school graduation: $76,320- $87,787 
  • 3-5 years since law school graduation: $93,493-$104,553
  • 6-10 years since law school graduation: $107,690- $121,206
  • 11-15 years since law school graduation: $124,843-$140,511
  • 16-20 years since law school graduation: $144,726-$162,891
  • 21-25 years since law school graduation: $167,778-$188,835
  • 26-30+ years since law school graduation: $194,500- $218,912 

These salaries are reflective of positions based in New York, NY. The salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


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