Law Fellows will primarily support Accountability Counsel’s collaboration with communities around the world in filing complaints and the development of resource materials for communities and advocates. Some Law Fellows will focus on our growing portfolio of Africa casework while others will support a more geographically diverse case load. Law Fellows will work on legal research assignments and fact memos, and may participate in meetings with community members, international institutions, and NGO colleagues as opportunities arise.

Applicants are requested to have relevant work experience and/or an academic background in at least some of the areas in which we work: international law; development and economics; public policy; and environmental and human rights. Applicants are required to have excellent communication, research, writing, and critical thinking skills.

We accept applications from current law students and recent law graduates (within one year of graduation). Please note that law student applicants are expected to have finished at least their 1L year before the fellowship begins.

Spring and Fall positions are unpaid volunteer positions, but we will be happy to work with your institution to arrange academic credit. For Summer positions, we ask that applicants make diligent efforts to secure funding from their schools or other external sources. If you are not able to obtain such funding, stipends may be available to cover costs of living, so we encourage all to apply.

After posting, we accept applications year-round and on a rolling basis. Below is our typical application cycle calendar for law fellowships. If you are working on an alternative academic calendar, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss an alternative timeline.

Spring
Fellowship Period: January – April
Fellowship Parameters: 16 hours per week minimum.
Application Timeline: posted in August; reviewed beginning in October; applications accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Summer
Fellowship Period: June – August
Fellowship Parameters: 40 hours per week; 10 week minimum.
Application Timeline: posted in October; reviewed beginning in November; applications accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Fall
Fellowship Period: September – December
Fellowship Parameters: 16 hours per week minimum.
Application Timeline: posted in March; reviewed beginning in May; applications accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Student Application

Please click here to apply.