Brennan Center for Justice invites applications from eligible candidates for the position of an entry level counsel at George A. Katz Fellowship, Justice Program .

About The Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that works to reform, revitalize – and when necessary, defend – the country’s systems of democracy and justice.

About the Opportunity

The Justice Program seeks a talented Katz Fellow to join a cutting-edge interdisciplinary team working to create innovative, data-driven solutions to end mass incarceration and support new, holistic solutions to public safety that put communities first. The Katz Fellow will help build a research and policy agenda to achieve these goals. The Fellow’s focus will be on assisting the Program in researching and drafting reports, briefs, and other public-facing work that analyze specific criminal justice subjects in depth, from sentencing reform to conditions of confinement to issues around reentry and rehabilitation. Additionally, the Fellow will provide legal support to advance the Center’s advocacy efforts at the state, local, and federal levels.

This is a hybrid position. Staff is currently working remotely 2 days a week. This position is based in New York City. It will require occasional travel as well.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assist senior staff members in researching, developing, and co-authoring reports, and policy proposals for various audiences – legal, legislative, media, and public – with opportunities for named authorship.
  • Help senior staff generate new project ideas by researching and drafting concept papers, funding proposals, and other written work (including articles, opinion pieces, speeches, and organizational materials)
  • Manage development and implementation of projects, as assigned.
  • Work on policy advocacy, sometimes by working in coalitions, to change policies and laws at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Supervise and mentor junior colleagues, where appropriate.
  • Take on special projects and other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

  • J.D. required.
  • This is an entry-level counsel position open only to applicants who are recent NYU School of Law graduates with post-law school experience of 0 – 2 years.
  • Current judicial clerks are encouraged to apply.

Preferred Skills

  • Excellent legal research and analysis skills.
  • A creative, problem-solving mindset, with demonstrated ability to turn ideas into products or actions.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Desire and ability to write for various audiences, including the general public. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and sound judgment, including the ability to work with diverse constituencies inside and outside the organization. 
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Comfort working with social science research and experts.
  • Openness to feedback.
  • Ability to multitask, pay attention to detail, work under pressure, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self-starter and eager to work in a team-based environment and is open to feedback from colleagues at all experience levels.
  • Full-time work experience in any field prior to or during law school is a plus

Compensation and Benefits

This is a scaled position. The salary range assigned for the scale is $78,764- $95,806 and has been determined based on the market competitiveness. Each salary in the scale is determined by the number of years of professional experience after graduation from law school for the selected candidate. 


New York, NY

How to Apply?

Interested candidates can apply through the link at the end of this post.

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