Human Rights First is inviting applications from law students for a Legal Fellowship 2023 for their New York/ LA office.

About Human Rights First

Human Rights First is a nonpartisan, 501, international human rights organization based in New York City and Washington, D.C. In 2004, Human Rights First started its “End Torture Now” campaign.

About Legal Fellowship 2023

Human Rights First’s Refugee Protection and Refugee Representation teams seek to sponsor a law student or recent law school graduate as a legal fellow for a one- or two-year fellowship commencing in fall 2023.

Role and Responsibilities during Legal Fellowship 2023

  • They will report to the associate director for research, an experienced attorney, committed to providing mentorship and guidance throughout the fellowship.
  • Any direct representation of asylum seekers provided by the fellow will be supervised by a senior attorney on the Refugee Representation team from the office in which they are based.
  • Human Rights First is primarily interested in projects that will support our efforts in Los Angeles and New York to advance due process and address systemic impediments to access to counsel and fair proceedings in the legal representation and treatment of asylum-seekers during border processes, asylum office interviews, and immigration court hearings.

Eligibility for Legal Fellowship 2023

  • A U.S. law degree (J.D.) by summer 2023;
  • Admission to a state bar or pending admission as of fall 2023;
  • Previous experience working with asylum-seekers or immigrants, through law school clinics, judicial clerkships, or legal internships;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to translate highly-technical material for a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to communicate patiently, respectfully, and empathetically with individuals from a variety of backgrounds;
  • Familiarity with U.S. immigration law and policy;
  • Ability to take the initiative, manage numerous tasks simultaneously, work under pressure and meet deadlines, identify and analyze legal issues; and
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred, and fluency in another language, such as an Indigenous language of the Americas, Haitian Creole, or French, is desirable.

How to Apply?

Please find the link at the end of this post.


Los Angeles or New York

Click here to apply for Legal Fellowship 2023