Post-Graduate Fellowship Sponsorship

New York, NY
Entry Level
Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 390 impacted the lives of nearly 130,00 people last year.

Job Description:
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) seeks to sponsor third-year law students, judicial law clerks, and recent law graduates for Skadden and Equal Justice Works public interest law fellowships starting in Fall of 2025.  NYLAG works closely with applicants who we sponsor to develop a proposal once selected and has an excellent track record of successful applicant sponsorship in various areas of civil legal services law.

We will consider projects that fulfills NYLAG’s mission and are particularly interested in fellowship projects that explicitly seek to dismantle or mitigate the harm caused by systems that were built on practices and policies that disproportionately disadvantage BIPOC communities, LGBTQIA communities, immigrants, people with disabilities, people who identify as women, and all people whose gender identity is outside of the binary. These systems create and maintain obstacles to overcoming poverty and crisis and impede access to justice for these communities.

Successful projects will expand the number of individuals impacted by our services, and will propose new models of service that center communities in the design and implementation of the project,  incorporate an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens in legal practice, deepen the breadth of services we provide, identify opportunities for inter-agency collaboration to comprehensively respond to client needs, and/or leverage impact litigation to break down and systemic barriers and inequities. These legal interventions should include substantive legal areas such as: consumer and foreclosure prevention; domestic violence; elder justice; employment; immigration; public benefits; shelter advocacy; special education; tenant rights; and veterans’ rights.

Each project should include some combination of direct client services, community education, advocacy, pro bono involvement, and/or impact litigation. Projects involving community outreach, education, and engagement may want to leverage NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC), through our Community Access Project Unit.  If applicants have the necessary technical expertise, we will consider projects that leverage AI to address issues of racial and social justice in a responsible and ethical way.

Examples of prior successful post-graduate fellowship projects that NYLAG has hosted:
  • Developing the first legal clinics in the country exclusively serving women veterans in VA medical centers, providing a safe space for client-centered services in community locations.
  • Representing NYCHA tenants facing severe habitability issues caused by the systemic divestment and neglect of NYC public housing through direct legal representation and impact litigation.
  • Partnering with communities to provide services and join in advocacy efforts for middle and high school aged students with Dyslexia, to ensure access to evidence-based reading instruction.

Application Process for NYLAG Sponsorship
Prior to submitting an application for sponsorship to NYLAG, those considering applying for fellowship sponsorship should reach out directly to staff in the Unit in which the project would be housed to preliminarily discuss the viability of any potential project. If your project will involve multiple Units, please be sure to connect with leadership from both.  

To be connected with someone at NYLAG, you may email: [email protected], or visit our website at to identify the appropriate unit director. NYLAG staff will actively work with the selected candidates to more fully develop the fellowship proposal for submission.

Applications must be submitted by June 12, 2024.  Applications must include a cover letter describing your proposed fellowship project and a copy of your resume.  Please discuss in your cover letter the project you want to develop and the unit(s) or project(s) in which your fellowship project will be housed. We will ask for writing samples and references before interviewing.

You may use the following email address for any questions: [email protected]

Applicants must be rising third-year law students or recent law school graduates eligible for the fellowship programs for which they seek NYLAG sponsorship.  Please consult the fellowship program websites for information on eligibility, at and

Applicants should be passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism, and be able to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with staff, clients, and community members.

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment type:


Professional Level:

Entry Level

Salary: NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is between $77,079- $80,002
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care. 
Application Instructions: Please save resume and cover letter on one pdf. 

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