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Legal Fellowship

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Muslim Advocates (MA) invites rising third-year law students, judicial clerks, and other recent law school graduates to apply for MA sponsorship for public interest fellowship projects to begin in the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Fall 2018.  Sponsorship will enable the applicant to submit proposals for consideration to fellowships offered by the applicant’s law schools and/or other funders.   MA is seeking to sponsor applicants to be based in either our Washington, DC or Oakland, CA offices.

Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization with offices in Oakland, CA and Washington, DC.  MA’s mission is to promote freedom for Americans of all faiths, through legal advocacy, policy engagement, and civic education, and by serving as a legal resource to promote the full and meaningful participation of Muslims in American public life.  MA uses the courts and legal process to vindicate the rights of American Muslims and protect our nation’s founding values.  MA also engages policy makers at the city, state and national levels, providing constructive, solution-oriented proposals to protect the rights of Muslims in the United States.  MA regularly partners with Muslim, Arab and South Asian American community groups and allies from various faith, civic, civil rights, and human rights organizations.  MA educates American Muslims about the law, their rights, and how to best protect themselves, their families and community institutions.

The legal fellow will work with MA staff attorneys and other staff on trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts, policymaking, and/or other forms of advocacy.  Legal fellows will be responsible for legal research, drafting and preparing legal memoranda, factual investigation, discovery review, the creation of educational and outreach materials, and other needs that arise in MA’s legal, policy, and civic education work.  Legal fellows will be exposed to a broad variety of activity and will join an organization on the frontlines of some of the nation’s most pressing civil rights issues.

The ideal candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to civil rights and addressing issues of inequality and injustice; outstanding research and writing skills; the ability to work both collaboratively and independently; and the capacity for creative thinking.  Interested candidates should apply by sending the following materials: (1) a cover letter specifying the candidate’s interest in working with MA and relevant experience; (2) a resume; (3) a list of three references; and (4) a legal writing sample.  Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to include a brief description of potential project idea(s) in the cover letter. 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.  Applications should be submitted via email to office@muslimadvocates.org and mention “Legal Fellowship” in the subject line.

For more information about Muslim Advocates, visit: www.muslimadvocates.org